Friends of the High Line is the 501(c)3 non-profit, private partner to the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. We fund virtually all the High Line’s operations by raising contributions, and we work with the City to make sure the High Line is maintained as a great public place for all.
Through excellence in operations, stewardship, innovative programming, and world-class design, we seek to engage the vibrant and diverse community on and around the High Line, and to raise the essential private funding to help complete the High Line’s construction and create an endowment for its future operations.
The High Line design is a collaboration between James Corner Field Operations (Project Lead), Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf.
Converting each section of the High Line from an out-of-use railroad trestle to a public landscape entailed not only years of planning, community input, and work by some of the city’s most inventive designers, but also more than two years of construction per section.
The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew on the out-of-use elevated rail tracks during the 25 years after trains stopped running. The species of perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees were chosen for their hardiness, sustainability, and textural and color variation, with a focus on native species. Many of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are incorporated into the park’s landscape.
Support for High Line Horticulture is provided by Toyota.
The movement to save the High Line was catalyzed by iconic photographs taken by Joel Sternfeld in 2000, nine years before the park would open to the public. These images captured the wild beauty of the self-seeded landscape that grew along the tracks when the trains stopped running.
Since that time, photography has played a central role in telling the story of the High Line, from showcasing the park’s dynamic and engaging public programs to celebrating the ever-changing colors and textures of the park’s plants, and sharing the special everyday moments that visitors capture with friends and family.
The High Line Flickr Pool brings together photographers from all over the world to share their unique perspective on the park. Dive in and discover another side to the High Line.
Self-seeded grass, trees and other plants grew on the out-of-use elevated rail tracks during the 25 years after the trains stopped running. These grasses and trees inspired the planting designer Piet Oudolf to “keep it wild.” Nearly half of the plant species and cultivars planted on the High Line are native to the United States.
The High Line’s green roof system is designed to allow the plants to retain as much water as possible. In addition, there is an irrigation system installed with options for both automatic and manual watering.
The High Line is inherently a green structure. It re-purposes a piece of industrial infrastructure as a public green space. The High Line landscape functions essentially like a green roof; porous pathways contain open joints, so water can drain between planks and water adjacent planting beds, cutting down on the amount of storm-water that runs off the site into the sewer system.Learn More