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Author: 
Clay Grable
10th Avenue Square was transformed into a pumpkin patch, presided over by Princess Neftaly Garcia, High Line Education Leader (right). Photos by Rowa Lee

On Saturday, October 26, 2,500 kids and adults joined us for the third-annual Haunted High Line Halloween celebration. Families came in costume to enjoy art activities, music, and “real” High Line ghosts stationed from Little West 12th to 17th Streets. The celebration drew on the spooky history of Manhattan’s west side, where dark factories loomed and dangerous freight trains ruled “Death Avenue.”

We'd like to thank the students of the School of Visual Arts' Interior Design program for creating out first haunted train tunnel!

See photos from the day after the jump.

Author: 
Erika Harvey


The My High Line video series highlights the many uses of the High Line and the people who call it their own.

In this installment, meet Neftaly Garcia, a promising young educator who has worked in many capacities on the High Line’s public programs.

Join us after the jump to discover her High Line.

Author: 
Amelia Krales
High Line Photographer Phil Vachon captured this beautiful shot of a monarch butterfly as it perched on a broadleaf ironweed bloom last September. Photo by Phil Vachon

Late summer blooms are in full-swing at the High Line, and accordingly the park’s plantings are abuzz with pollinators.

This month, we’ll be celebrating one of nature’s most graceful pollinators: the monarch butterfly. At our weekly Wild Wednesday programs throughout the month of August, families are invited to learn about the lifecycle of monarch butterflies, from wriggly caterpillars to wrapped-up chrysalises, and finally to full-grown adults stretching their new wings. During an extra special session of our Wild Wednesday Creature Feature on Wednesday, August 28, our butterfly project will culminate with a release of the adult monarchs for their very first flight in the park.

If you’re not able to make it to Wild Wednesday, keep an eye out for butterflies during your next stroll along the park. Photographing winged pollinators takes patience and some luck, but gorgeous shots like this one by Phil Vachon are well worth the wait and truly capture the essence of summer.

Browse more photos in the High Line Flickr Pool or share your own.

Author: 
Kat Widing
Arty HoursAt Arty Hours, held Saturday mornings, kids are encouraged to think creatively about the artistic process in relation to the art on view at the High Line. Photo by Elena Bernstein

Ever dream of memorializing yourself as a sculpture in a public park? These lucky kids transformed dreams into reality on July 15 by creating personalized monuments as part of Arty Hours on the High Line. In this innovative weekly program, kids create their very own masterpieces in response to different sculptures in the group exhibition Busted, currently on view. Inspired by Frank Benson’s Human Statue (Jessie), kids were encouraged to create a sculpted self-portrait as a monument using clay-like materials. Benson’s bronze statue is a life-size sculpture of a standing female dancer dressed in haute couture, with her arms gently open in an oval shape and a shield-like disc resting at her feet.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
Photos by (left and upper right) Rowa Lee and (lower right) Juan Valentin
 

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the High Line. We’ve been so busy with recovery from Hurricane Sandy that we haven’t yet had a chance to share photos and stories from our favorite fall community event: Haunted High Line Halloween.

On Saturday, October 27, hundreds of families brought their Halloween spirit to the High Line for a spooky scavenger hunt, tasty treats, a dress-up photo booth, a pop-up pumpkin patch, face painting, live jazz and swing music, and more.

Join us after the jump for more photos and details about the event.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
Fany Gerson, Chef/Owner of LaNewyorkina, led two sessions of Play With Your Food, creating healthy fruit parfaits and guacamole at an impromptu kitchen at the Seating Steps, on the High Line at West 22nd Street. Photo by Rowa Lee
 

Over the course of September, our High Line Food vendors lent their talents to help us teach little ones about healthy eating during Play With Your Food, a free weekly drop-in program. Chefs from People’s Pops, LaNewyorkina, and Terroir participated, working with kids to craft culinary creations using fresh foods.

Join us after the jump for photos from the programs.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
Honey Day at the High Line featured educational activities, honey tastings, and honey products for sale, all in celebration of the industrious honeybee. Photos (clockwise from right) by Liz Ligon, Jenna Saraco, and Melissa Mansur.
 

Friends of the High Line partnered with Brooklyn Grange Farm to bring in beekeepers from the five boroughs for the first-ever Honey Day at the High Line.

Yesterday, a full afternoon of activities included an extra-special Play With Your Food session with La Newyorkina, an educational beehive, special Honey Day-themed treats from High Line Food vendors, and honey tastings from beekeepers from the five boroughs.

Join us after the jump for more photos from the event.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
This past Wednesday, for our first session of Play With Your Food, High Line Food vendor People’s Pops joined us to make fresh lemon shaved ice with kids. Photo by Rowa Lee
 
Author: 
Erika Harvey
On Wednesday, we invited kids and their caretakers to release butterflies into the park’s planting beds, and watch as they spread their wings to take their first flight. Photo by Rowa Lee
 

Author: 
Erika Harvey
(Left) Neighborhood kids helped create a community mural during Earth Day in the Sky activities. (Right) Alison Knowles’ Make a Salad invited the audience to take part in the performance by sharing a meal of fresh spring greens. Photos by Liz Ligon.
 

On Sunday, April 22, we hosted the High Line’s first-ever Earth Day celebration to mark the end of Spring Cutback, our biggest horticultural task of the year, and the beginning of a busy spring season.

View photos from the day after the jump.

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