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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: 
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.

Author: 
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

Author: 
Amelia Krales
Photo by Eddie Crimmins A dedicated group of photographers braved a rainy night for a fun photo walk on the High line. Photo by Eddie Crimmins
 

Four High Line Volunteer Photographers joined us for an evening photo walk last Friday, July 12, to document Manhattanhenge, scheduled to occur that night. Mother Nature had other plans as thick gray clouds gathered over the city that afternoon and a steady rain drenched the park. Undeterred by the weather, we walked down the High Line – all trying to keep our cameras and ourselves dry – capturing some fun, unexpected pictures along the way. High Line contributing photographer, Eddie Crimmins caught this intimate conversation between two visitors equally undiscouraged by summer rain in the Tenth Avenue Square, on the High Line at West 17th Street. Too see more photos from the evening visit the High Line Flickr Pool.

Learn more about all of the High Line’s volunteer opportunities.

Author: 
Amelia Krales
Photo of the WeekHigh Line benches offer a relaxing way to unwind after a hot summer day. Photo by Jake Marsiglia
 

Summer means long, hot (or rainy, as it seems recently) days and longer evening hours on the High Line. This throwback image by photographer Jake Marsiglia captures the essence of a summer night on the High Line: a visitor takes in the New York City night sky while enjoying the cool breeze that sweeps over the park after the sun sets.

The High Line is open daily until 11:00 PM all summer, so stop by after a hot day for a stroll or to enjoy one of the many events we offer during the evenings. One of our favorite summer activities is gazing at the constellations through high-powered telescopes during Tuesday night Stargazing. Weekly through October, the Amateur Astronomers Association provides High Line visitors a chance to look through powerful telescopes to view stars and planets not always visible to the naked eye.

Learn more about our weekly Stargazing program.

Author: 
Amelia Krales
Photo by Friends of the High LineA view from the end of the High Line at West 30th Street offers a front row seat to the construction and expansion happening on the final section of the High Line. Photo by Friends of the High Line
 

When construction is complete, The High Line at the Rail Yards will stretch one half mile from West 30th Street to West 34th Street. The design renderings show a meandering path that will offer sweeping views of the Hudson River and a birds-eye view of the Hudson Rail Yards, now home to off-duty MTA trains.

Follow us after the jump to learn more.

Author: 
Amelia Krales
Photos by Friends of the High LineA composite of two photographs shows a happy L’Arte del Gelato customer on the left and a Melt ice cream sandwich on the right. Both are perfect antidotes to this summer heat! Come get yours on the High Line today. Photo by Friends of the High Line
 

Hot enough for ya? The sun is strong, so bring your sunscreen to enjoy the breeze and shade on the High Line. If you like to sunbathe, relax on one of our deck chairs or snag a spot on the 23rd Street Lawn. Either way, get through this heat wave with a visit to the High Line and cool off with an icy treat from one of our High Line Food vendors!

Stop by L’Arte del Gelato on the High Line at West 15th Street to taste this week’s special flavor, peach sorbet. If you need a couple of cookies to go with that ice cream, Melt—on the High Line at Little West 12th Street—has a strawberry ice cream with pastis-crackle cookie sandwich (called “Ethereal,” pictured above) that hits the spot. Over at Peoples Pops, the shaved ice is a sure thing to cool you down, and La New Yorkina’s icy treats never disappoint. For a cool beverage pick up an ice coffee at Blue Bottle Coffee or starting July 1, try one of Brooklyn Soda Works’ delicious carbonated home-made juice offerings in flavors like apple ginger.

Author: 
Amelia Krales
To mark the first day of summer, we’re sharing one of our favorite early summer blooms, Astilbe Chinensis 'Visions in Pink,' one of the many plant species thriving on the High Line this season. Photo by Steven Severinghaus
 

Author: 
Amelia Krales
One of the High Line’s many “peel-up” benches basks in the summer sun against a backdrop of Full Moon Tickseed, Walker's Low Persian catmint, and Siberian catmint. Photo by Eddie Crimmins
 

Given the rainy streak New Yorkers have endured in the past few weeks, it’s hard to believe that the official beginning of summer is just around the corner.

As a reminder of the warmer days ahead, this week’s Photo of the Week by photographer Eddie Crimmins captures a quiet summer moment on the High Line. This west-facing bench at West 24th Street invites visitors to take respite from the city’s hustle and bustle, and soak in the sun with a friend or a good book.

The warm days to come are also bringing back many iconic High Line events! Join us for a taste of summer with a wide variety of programs that are free and open to all ages.

Stargaze with the Amateur Astronomers Association, dance to some live Latin music by Orlando Marin, the Last Mambo King, or take a walking tour of the park – all happening this next week! On Friday, June 21, the evening of the summer solstice, sit amongst the greenery on the High Line at Little West 12th Street to experience Crickets, a High Line Art performance piece by artist Mungo Thompson, inspired by the melodies of nature’s tiniest musicians.

Learn more about these and other events.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
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Twice a year, a curious cosmic phenomenon brings photographers to the streets of New York City in droves. Manhattanhenge, as it is fondly called, is an event in which the setting sun aligns with Manhattan’s east-west street grid, causing the setting sun to be viewable down the center line of major streets, even from the far eastern side of the island.

High Line Photographer Mike Tschappat captured this lovely sunset scene during the first occurrence of Manhattanhenge this year, which took place last week. The High Line is a great place to watch the sun set on any evening, but on this special evening, the sun magically sinks down the buildings lining the street, before dipping down below the horizon of New Jersey.

This year the second occurrence of Manhattanhenge falls on July 13, although July 12 will also offer good viewing opportunities. To appreciate the phenomenon fully, grab your camera and head to the eastern end of major cross streets in Manhattan, like 14th Street, 23rd Street, 34th Street, 42nd Street, or 57th Street to capture your own photos.



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