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Erika Harvey
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Co-Founder Robert Hammond will be stepping down at the end of 2013 after nearly fifteen years of leadership at Friends of the High Line. He leaves behind a legacy that extends far beyond the mile-and-a-half of the High Line. Robert’s creative vision, entrepreneurial spirit, and irreverent approach will live on in the work we do each day, to maintain and operate the High Line.

We asked Robert to share a few favorite memories from his years at the High Line. Follow us after the jump for photos and reflections in Robert's own words.

To hear more of Robert's memories, join us on Thursday, December 5, for a special farewell talk.

Amelia Krales
Photo by Eddie CrimminsThe air is chilly but the bright sun calls people to the High Line. Photo by Eddie Crimmins

The summer season is behind us, but don’t fear the cold! While brisk and windy at times, recent weather has been comfortable for leisurely walks along the High Line. These past few weeks, visitors have enjoyed the warm colors of fall foliage and the changing landscape of the park’s plantings, now dominated with architectural seed heads and dried stems instead of bright blooms.

One of the High Line’s most beloved features, the 10th Avenue Square, is still a popular place to soak up the sun, relax, or share a bite to eat. High Line Photographer Eddie Crimmins caught this lovely moment earlier in the month.

Amelia Krales
Photo by Chris ChristianLego enthusiast and photographer Chris Christian snapped this image of a Lego model he created as part of his 2013 “A Lego a Day” project.

The subject of this Photo of the Week caught our eye because of its playful and creative interpretation of one of the park’s iconic design features.

Photographer and Lego enthusiast Chris Christian created this Lilliputian version of one of the rolling lounge chairs from the High Line’s Diller – von Furstenberg Sundeck. During a recent visit to New York earlier this season, he snapped this photo of his creation side-by-side with the real thing. This particular model was the 249th in his 2013 “A Lego a Day” project.

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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.

Erika Harvey
This image from earlier this season shows the exposed steel framework of the High Line at the Rail Yards. Since then, this area, known as the Spur, has been filled in with a new concrete decking. New design renderings for this space will be unveiled during a program this upcoming Monday. Photo by Timothy Schenck

It is an exciting moment in the construction timeline for the High Line at the Rail Yards. The first phase of the rail yards is taking shape and this upcoming Monday, November 11, designs will be unveiled for the Spur, pictured above, a section of the High Line at the Rail Yards that extends over 10th Avenue at West 30th Street.

For this week’s Photo of the Week we’re featuring two of our recent favorites of the Spur from photographer Timothy Schenck who has been expertly documenting the progress of construction at the High Line since before our first section was underway in the spring of 2006.

Read more after the jump.

Erika Harvey
EnlargeWest Side Improvement Project

In celebration of our new 18-month High Line Calendar, we’re exploring each month’s featured image to bring you more of the behind-the-scenes details.

In 1934, the initial stage of the West Side Improvement Project was completed: a shining new elevated viaduct was unveiled, connecting New York Central Railroad’s freight line with Manhattan’s West Side. This great engineering achievement eliminated 105 street-level railroad crossings and allowed manufacturing and food processing buildings flanking the railway to connect directly with its train cars to load and unload freight.

At the southern terminus of the High Line was a new St. John’s Park Freight Terminal at Spring Street. This massive new building allowed for 150 standing train cars, a leap ahead to support increasing manufacturing demands on the neighborhood’s businesses.

This month’s photo, at right, appeared in a 1934 promotional brochure detailing the West Side Improvement Project. Looking north along the new – and to-date unused – tracks of the High Line, anticipation was building for the debut of the new elevated railways. New York Central Railroad wrote about the project in their brochure:

Erika Harvey
Two visitors enjoy a morning stroll despite the rain. Photo by Timothy Schenck

Photographer Timothy Schenck captured this vibrant autumn photo this morning as a light rain fell on the Chelsea neighborhood. Peering out from between the trees in the 10th Avenue Square, on the High Line at West 17th Street, Tim’s photo captures a north-facing view of the park’s fall foliage and our newest High Line Billboard at West 18th Street.

Contrasting with the overcast day, Thomas Demand’s new High Line Billboard installation, High Line, offers an unwavering bright patch of blue sky next to the park. This seemingly simple poetic image of an empty clothesline is actually a photograph of a meticulously constructed paper and cardboard replica of these everyday objects.

The large billboard format, which High Line Art Curator & Director Cecilia Alemani has used to augment the presence and impact of artworks, creates an interesting interaction with park goers and sparks the imagination. Clotheslines are both familiar and exotic – in the sense that they are recognizable, but don’t quite fit into our 21st-century city-dwelling existence. (Maybe a more Manhattan-centric version could involve quarter slots or a drop-off laundry reference?)

However you choose to interpret and enjoy the new High Line Billboard, it’s not a bad thing to be reminded of a summer breeze on an idyllic countryside, especially on rainy days like today. Stop by soon – this High Line Billboard will be on view until Monday, December 2, 2013.

Amelia Krales
Photo by Mike TschappatAutumn has begun to turn the leaves of the Brownies hairy alumroot, Heuchera villosa 'Brownies.' Photo by Mike Tschappat

High Line Photographer Mike Tschappat took this wonderfully moody image of a deep red-brown Brownies hairy alumroot during a recent early morning photo walk. Fall has arrived on the High Line and the vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows are wonderful to see. The crisp air and brilliant sun should stay with us through the weekend.

On Saturday, enjoy the foliage and stay for some Halloween fun. From 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, we'll be hosting our fourth-annual Haunted High Line Halloween, featuring a variety of spooky activities throughout the park.

Amelia Krales
Transplanting tassel ferns on the High LineHigh Line Gardener Orrin Sheehan and Volunteer Lebasi Lashley work along the Philip A. and Lisa Maria Falcone Flyover. Photos by Friends of the High Line

Approximately 360 species of perennial plants flourish on the High Line and are cared for by a team of dedicated High Line Gardeners and volunteers.

Most of this planting activity on the High Line takes place in the spring and fall. Last week, High Line Gardener Orrin Sheehan transplanted tassel ferns, Polystichum polyblepharum, taking them from dry spots and relocating them to more heavily watered areas. On this particular day, he and High Line Volunteer Lebasi Lashley also planted a few wild ginger, Asarum canadense, and barrenwort, Epimedium grandiflorum, plants along the same beds beneath the Falcone Flyover.

Volunteers work alongside High Line Gardeners throughout the year to keep the High Line beautiful. We are so thankful for all of our volunteers and their enormous efforts.

For more information about what is growing on the High Line, plan your visit and take along our October Bloom List.

Amelia Krales
Photo by Oliver RichThis month, Tuesday evenings are best spent gazing at the stars on the High Line. Photo by Oliver Rich

Come observe the celestial bodies above the High Line. On Tuesday evenings through the end of the month, the Amateur Astronomers Association will set up their high-powered telescopes to provide visitors an opportunity to get an up-close-and-personal look at the stars and planets. Stargazing on the High Line is a free program, so take advantage of one of the final three opportunities of the season.

High Line Photographer Oliver Rich took this photo earlier in the season using a tripod and a long exposure to capture the movement of people while keeping the stationary objects tack-sharp. Thank you, Oliver, for this wonderful image!

For more about this program and our other upcoming programs for adults and kids alike, visit the High Line Events page.


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