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trashThe High Line's new snazzy recycling bins steal the show near the Standard Hotel.
 
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Last week, Kaspar Wittlinger (one of the High Line's gardeners, hailing all the way from Muenster, Germany – like the cheese!) showed me an interesting phenomenon happening right now: the lighting fixtures on the High Line are confusing the aromatic aster.

You'll notice in the picture above that the bright, purple blooms cover only part of the plant.  That's because aromatic aster (Aster oblongifolius) is a variety of wildflower that depends on short days and low light, and the lighting fixture installed on the rail has caused the plant to receive a seasonally abnormal amount of light.  On the rail side of the plant, it's still June!

[More photos after the jump.]

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As the blustery weather sets in, we all begin to long for something that will warm from the inside out.  Right now in the Chelsea Market Passage, you can find your fix in a quintessentially autumnal fashion.

Pastry Chef Erica Leahy of Craftsteak serves up fresh cinnamon-sugar donuts, hot spiced cider, and pumpkin spice muffins at their new High Line concession, "Craft Sweets."  Co-Founder Robert Hammond is addicted, saying, "I've had no desire to eat a donut since I was a kid...now I crave them."

Craft Sweets on the High Line
Open through November 12 in the Chelsea Market Passage
11:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily
[Menu of delectables after the jump]

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OHNY on the High Line.
 

For the seventh year, Friends of the High Line will participate in the annual openhousenewyork weekend; the largest architect and design event in America. This year, our first year of participation with the park open to the public, we invite guests to join us on the High Line for a series of eight engaging talks led by people involved in various aspects of the design, planning and construction process. These lectures will provide deeper insight into the story of the transformation of the High Line from an abandoned freight line to a successful public space.

This years OHNY weekend will take place on Saturday, October 10th and Sunday, October 11th. Please note: an error in the OHNY brochure asks guests to RSVP. RSVP's are not being accepted for this years OHNY weekend on the High Line. All lectures are first come first served.

All talks will take place in the 14th Street passage on the High Line, just South of the 14th Street stairs. All talks will take place rain or shine. We look forward to seeing you there!

[Read more for a full schedule.]

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On Friday, new signs were installed to mark the naming of one of the High Line's most beloved features, The Diller - von Furstenberg Sundeck. A generous gift from The Diller - von Furstenberg Family Foundation made this feature possible, and it's quickly become an extremely popular gathering spot, especially on sunny days and at sunset.

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If you've been up to the High Line recently, you may have noticed a particular scent coming mostly from Chelsea Grasslands. It's been described as smelling like coriander, a combination of honey and cilantro leaves, or popcorn.   I've also overheard it described, strangely, as a "burning crayon smell", or a "strong chemical odor".

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Maybe the air thirty feet up does something to people, but the High Line seems to have been attracting some serious love lately. We received word of another proposal on the High Line a few weeks back, when a San Franciscan named Alex came to New York to propose to his girlfriend Priya. No need to worry, those petals were not picked off the High Line. Congratulations to Alex and Priya!

[More hopeless romanticism after the break.]

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Like any respectable New York City park, the High Line has attracted its fair share of recurring characters (anyone have any video of Boba Fett playing video game songs on his accordion?), but none have been quite as popular as the "Renegade Cabaret" that has emerged from an apartment building adjacent to the Line at 20th Street. Patty (the emcee) and Elizabeth (the singer) have begun "exploiting the captive audience" on the High Line, treating the late night guests at the northern end of section 1 to some good old fashioned sing-song.

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At around 10:10 this morning, I was informed that someone was about to propose to his girlfriend on the High Line. I arrived on site about ten minutes later, just in time to watch one of the most absurdly romantic scenes I've seen outside of Casablanca.

Gene proposed to his girlfriend Abby in the Chelsea Market Passage, surrounded by umbrellas, and accompanied by a single musician tugging at cello strings and heartstrings in the background. Hugging and kissing ensued, and judging by the pictures, it looks like the question was answered in the affirmative. Congratulations to Gene and Abby on their engagement, and for going down in history as the first marriage proposal on the High Line!

Anyone attempting something similarly romantic (or anything at all, really) should do so with the musical accompaniment of cellist Aminda Asher, whose Web site can be found here.


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