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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.

Erika Harvey
A snowman greets High Line visitors in 2011. Photo by Karen Blumberg

As we speak, snow is blanketing New York City.

High Line Maintenance and Operations staff are readying their shovels, snow brooms, and ice picks for the estimated 10–14 inches of snow that the city will be receiving in the next 24 hours. Tomorrow, while most of us are still sleeping, they will begin clearing the High Line's pathway and stairs in order to open the park to the public as soon as possible. For the first time, our staff will be joined by dedicated Snow Volunteers who will help us complete this huge task.

While snow means more work at the High Line, it also means more fun! With enough accumulation anticipated, we’ll be holding a High Line Snow Sculpt-Off tomorrow from 2:30 – 4:00 PM. Our photo of the week this week is one of our favorites from our last Snow Sculpt-Off in 2011, by High Line Photographer Karen Blumberg, showing a snowman greeting High Line visitors. Your imagination is the limit during the Snow Sculpt-Off, when adults and families compete to create snow masterpieces.

We hope you’ll join us!

Learn more about the High Line Snow Sculpt-Off.

Kate Lindquist
Social Soup GridMore than 250 neighbors joined us for a communal meal on the High Line on Saturday, October 22, 2012. Large photo by Scott Lynch. Soup photo by Jenna Saraco. Remaining photos by Sari Goodfriend

This special blog post comes to you from Ana Nicole Rodriguez, a High Line neighbor who grew up in West Chelsea and now works as an editorial intern for Food Arts Magazine. We invited Nicole to join us last weekend to document the second annual Social Soup Experiment on the High Line, an event presented by Friends of the High Line as part of High Line Food, a program that brings interesting, sustainable food to the High Line.

What is a park if not a space in which to bring people together?

That community sentiment, along with a focus on seasonality and local food sourcing, is precisely what inspired this year’s Social Soup Experiment. Dining need not exceed the simplicity of wholesome ingredients and smiling faces. A large spoon, two long wooden tables decorated with apples, and a group of more than 250 hungry neighbors is all you need to make the High Line’s “restaurant without walls” possible.

Erika Harvey
Dancing to the rhythms of Juan Morales and Sonido Costeño during ¡Arriba! Photo by Liz Ligon

This summer, you will find some of New York City’s best Latin bands at the High Line. It is all part of ¡Arriba! – our series of free, community dance parties, presented in partnership with HAI and Hudson Guild and supported by MetLife Foundation.

Last week more than 400 people danced to the salsa and merengue rhythms by Juan Morales and Sonido Costeño. We would like to thank everyone for joining us, and congratulate our raffle prize winners, Dennisse and Martin, who went home with our newly-designed High Line tote bags, and Rosa, who picked up a $75 gift certificate to Terroir at The Porch.


Follow us after the jump to view photos, and get the details for the ¡Arriba! in August, where we’ll be bringing Nu D’Lux to the High Line for an evening of Cuban beats.

Erika Harvey
Roosevelt Park sits in front of Michigan Central Station, the old railway station that seen a train in over two decades. Leaders from the Roosevelt Park Conservancy, the organization that is implementing capital improvements and developing a master plan for the site, will be at the High Line on Monday, July 23 to talk about public spaces in Detroit. Photo by David Schalliol.

The High Line gets a lot of attention, but it is one of many examples of officials, advocates, and community leaders joining together to transform out-of-use infrastructure into public space.

Beyond the High Line is a new series of free public talks bringing some of the country’s most innovative thinkers to the High Line to present their big ideas and talk about the latest updates. The series debuted in June, with a talk about Chicago’s Bloomingdale Trail (WATCH THE VIDEO), and continues on Monday, July 23 with a focus on new and revived public spaces in Detroit. Join us to talk with leaders from the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and the Roosevelt Park Conservancy, and enjoy a reception with Coney Dogs and Motown music.

Follow us after the jump for photos and video from the Chicago talk.

Erika Harvey
Stop by the High Line tomorrow at sunset to catch the Transit of Venus – an astronomical event in which the planet Venus will pass before the Sun, as seen here in an image from 2004. Photo by NASA.

We are keeping our fingers crossed that the rain and clouds will break for tomorrow’s stargazing session on the High Line. If the weather permits, you’ll be able to see a rare astronomical event called the Transit of Venus.

At approximately 6:00 PM, the planet Venus will begin to pass directly between the Sun and the Earth. The last Transit of Venus took place in June of 2004, and projections show it won’t be visible again until the year 2117!

Learn more after the jump.

Danya Sherman

2008 was a great year for the High Line. Without a completed park to play on, we've had the opportunity to get very creative with our programs--trips to Governor's Island, canoeing on the Bronx River, chalking paths to the High Line's future entrances, and more. The opening of the first section (Gansevoort Street--20th Street) is rapidly approaching and we are in the midst of planning some very exciting programs for the occasion-- for the first time, we will be able to bring the public onto the finished park.  

Here's a look at some of our events from the past year.


Middle-school students from Chelsea's Lab School for Collaborative Studies wore special "Chalk Shoes" that they designed and cast, with the help of artist Julia Mandle. The Chalk Shoes performance was a collaborative performance art piece, using the shoes to draw lines along the sidewalks of Chelsea, leading the way to the High Line's future access points.

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High Line supporters sketch on the High Line rail yards' section, as part of last spring's High Line Sketching Classes with artist Ann DeVere.

More after the jump...

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