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Amelia Krales
Photo by Eric LaThe best seat in the house is looking out on 10th Avenue, on the High Line at West 17th Street. Photo by Eric La

Surprise, it still feels like summer!

Visitors have been flocking to the Sunken Overlook in the 10th Avenue Square to relax and soak in the sun while the weather remains nice. This last week has brought us unseasonably warm temperatures and clear skies, which will reportedly continue in the upcoming week, making it the perfect time for strolling and lounging on the High Line. Eric La captured this late-afternoon scene earlier in the season.

Bring a book, a friend, or snack from one of the High Line’s food vendors for the ultimate relaxing experience during your next visit to the park.

Learn more about how to plan your next visit.

Amelia Krales
Andrew Frasz's image of El Anatsui's Broken Bridge II on the High Line Photographer Andrew Frasz 's image of El Anatsui’s Broken Bridge II captures the majesty of this work on a brilliant morning. The piece is installed between West 21 and 22 Streets on the High Line and is on view until September 30.

Brooklyn-based High Line Photographer Andrew Frasz perfectly captured the brilliant color and detail of High Line Art installation Broken Bridge II in the context of the High Line. His images of the park on this early morning speak to the precision and skill he brings to his craft, and when looking through his work one can clearly see his knack for representing spaces in a clear, beautiful way. See the rest of Andrew’s images from that morning here.

Read more after the break.

Amelia Krales
Four photographs of the High Line by Tim SchreierNew York photographer, Tim Schreier composes his frames with geometry, color, and texture in mind.

Photographer Tim Schreier's striking photos caught our eye in the High Line Flickr Pool. His images transform everyday surfaces into painterly compositions that harness light and pattern. Often a single element in the frame breaks up the repetition, adding context and depth to what might otherwise be a simple texture. Tim’s photos of the High Line bring a refreshing new perspective on park life. We couldn’t decide which image we liked best, so we’ve created a grid of four of our favorite textural High Line images from Tim's recent work.

All of this bold color reminds us of the beautiful fall hues to come. As the High Line’s landscape transitions into the new season, we will soon be surrounded by the vibrant oranges, fiery reds, and cool yellows of autumn. The visual opportunities are rich, so grab your camera and come take some photos on the High Line.

See other visitors’ photos or share your own in the High Line Flickr Pool.

Amelia Krales
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In this week’s Photo of the Week, two High Line Horticulture Interns Sarah Ruiz (left) and Raquel Rosado (right) pose proudly with High Line Horticulture Educator Gahl Shottan (center) next to an edible garden they helped plant and tend at Public School 33. We’ve chosen to feature this photo to celebrate these two teens and the important contributions they’ve made to the High Line’s horticulture and the surrounding community over the two months of their internship, which just came to a close.

Sarah and Raquel graduated from the High Line’s Green Corps program in July and continued on as Horticulture Interns, working side-by-side with the park’s gardeners to help care for our plants through the rest of the summer. This season marked the second year of Green Corps – which exposes teen participants to aspects of environmental science, gardening, and what it means to work in the horticulture field – and the first season of Horticultural Internships. This new internship position uses the skills and knowledge the teens had gained in the Green Corps program as a springboard for more in-depth learning and hands-on experience.

See more photos and learn more after the jump.

Amelia Krales
A honeybee on pink flower buds Can you spot the honeybee at work in this photo? Photographer Steven Severinghaus has a knack for capturing beautiful images of plants and insects on the High Line.

The High Line’s late summer and early fall landscape is full of delicate and beautiful textures.

In Steven Severinghaus' mesmerizing macro shot, a honeybee disappears into the complex pattern made by the tiny pink buds of stonecrop, Sedum ‘Matrona.’ Stonecrop and many other hot weather blooms will be around just a little while longer before they are replaced by the textured grasses and brilliantly colored leaves that characterize the fall season.

The High Line is open 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM through September, so seize the opportunity to visit the park for an event, an evening stroll, or some delicious treats from our High Line Food vendors while the weather is still warm.

Amelia Krales
A City MomentOn the southeast corner of West 17th Street and Tenth Avenue, visitors can enjoy an elevated view from the High Line's 10th Avenue Square. Photo by Eddie Crimmins

With a population topping eight million people, there are eight million daily journeys winding their way through the city at the same time. If you have a moment to people-watch, it's fun to observe how these different lives intersect on the streets and in the public spaces of New York City. High Line Photographer Eddie Crimmins has a keen eye for these moments and shared this image with us.

Suspended above a busy avenue, the High Line’s 10th Avenue Square is a unique design that allows visitors a bird’s-eye view of the hustle and bustle on the street below. Amphitheater-style seating was cut into the High Line’s original steel structure, lowering visitors beneath the level of the railway’s original track bed. Wide windows punctuated with steel beams invite viewers to sit and observe the streets below. It is the ultimate location for quiet observation of city life – a fascinating story unfolding in real time.

For more information about the park’s innovative design, pick up a copy of our book Designing the High Line: Gansevoort to West 30th Street.

Amelia Krales
Caught on film: the silhouettes of High Line visitors are pronounced against a bright cut-out of the sky. Photo by Dave Bias

One of the wonderful things about photographing New York City is playing with geometry. The architectural elements of buildings layered with signage and sky create interesting shapes and contrasting colors. Within the frame of an image a photographer can create a whole different way of looking at a scene that many of us might pass by without a thought.

Seeing everyday things in a new way and working to capture their magic and whimsy has a long tradition in street photography. Photographer Dave Bias’ images reference this tradition in subject matter and composition – and on film, no less!

In an age where taking a photograph is as easy as touching a screen on your phone, it’s interesting to go back to the original tools of the trade. Bias captured this image of visitors on the High Line outlined by a triangle of sky created by the park and The Standard, High Line using a Pentax 67 camera with expired Kodak Ektachrome 220 film. This means the 6 cm x 7 cm negative is larger than the traditional 35mm (remember dropping off film at the lab… anyone? Anyone?). The expired film makes the tonal range a bit different than what it was intended, often processing a bit cooler or warmer than usual.

Share your photos – digital or otherwise – through our Flickr Pool or join the visual conversation on Instagram by tagging @highlinenyc! We would love to see your perspectives of the park!

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.

Erika Harvey
Wave HillStanding amidst a beautiful garden of flowers is Wave Hill’s Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory, which is home to a variety of tropical and desert plants. Photo by Gigi Altarejos

This week we celebrate another green New York City gem – Wave Hill.

Earlier this summer, our friends at Wave Hill invited High Line staff and Volunteer Photographers for a visit. Join us after the jump for more details and photos from our trip.

Amelia Krales
Citi BikeLate-day light floods the passageway underneath the High Line at 16th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues. There are six Citi Bike stations along the High Line between Gansevoort and 28th Streets. Photo by Juan Valentin

Earlier this week you may have seen the New York Times piece “High Line’s Best-Kept Secret: It’s a Fast Commute,” which points out how many local residents use the High Line as a means to get to work. One of our favorite ways to get up and down the West Side of Manhattan—other than walking the High Line, of course—is on two wheels along the city’s great bike lanes.

If you don’t have your own bike, you no longer have an excuse. Citi Bike, New York City’s new bike-sharing program, has stations all over the city to pick up or drop off a bike, including six stations directly under the High Line, and many more in the neighborhood. The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) reports that biking in the city is at an all-time high, even re-tweeting Citi Bike’s recent report of 100,000 rides within three days!

Get biking this summer with these handy resources:
2013 New York City Bike Map
Citi Bike station locations
High Line bike rack locations


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