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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Erika Harvey

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.

Erika Harvey
Carol Bove's sculpture, Prudence, contrasts with the lush green spring foliage and hard architectural elements of the High Line at the Rail Yards. Photo by Steven Severinghaus

The 2013 season of High Line Art includes a variety of new commissions, including contemporary takes on urban monuments, the longest video ever made, and a fascinating installation of sculptures by artist Carol Bove, entitled Caterpillar, in the third and final section of the High Line at the Rail Yards.

Public walks kicked off in mid-May and will continue for a year, allowing visitors to view the fascinating sculptures of Caterpillar scattered amongst the self-seeded landscape of the High Line at the Rail Yards. This magical photo of one of Bove's pieces, Prudence, was captured by High Line Photographer Steven Severinghaus during an early evening walk after a thunderstorm, when the vegetation was at its greenest.

SEE MORE PHOTOS of Carol Bove's installation at the High Line at the Rail Yards.

If you would like to see Caterpillar, we will begin taking reservations for tickets on Tuesday, June 18, at 4:00 PM. Tickets will be available for walks taking place between Thursday, August 8, and Saturday, September 28. Learn more about this last opportunity to explore the High Line at the Rail Yards before it is turned into public parkland.

Erika Harvey
Two visitors on a rainy day are surprised by Human Statue (Jessie). Photo by Oliver Rich

High Line Art's newest group exhibition, Busted, has been turning heads in the park.

Busted features commissions from nine international artists, all playing with the popular tradition of urban monuments and civic landmarks that have defined public spaces for centuries. Pieces range from the abstract and conceptual, to interpretive portraits and the hyper-realistic.

New York-based artist Frank Benson's commission, Human Statue (Jessie), features a life-like bronze statue of a woman atop a small pedestal, poised with arms gently open. Her placement in an outdoor setting like the High Line has caused many visitors to do a double-take, mistaking her for a living statue performer. Sit long enough on the Diller – von Furstenberg Sundeck and you'll surely hear someone say something like, "I've seen many street performers, but she's really good."

High Line Photographer Oliver Rich captured one such interesting interaction here, as two visitors are surprised by Jessie's presence on a rainy day.

Download a printable High Line Art map.

Kate Lindquist
A rainy day scene from earlier this week. Photo by Steven Severinghaus

One of my favorite times to visit the park in the spring is right after a heavy rainfall. The plants glisten with dewdrops, and the pathway is clear of the usual crowds, allowing for a peaceful and serene meander through the park.

Erika Harvey
Visitors walk along the Philip A. and Lisa Maria Falcone Flyover as the pathway ramps up just north of West 25th Street.
Photo by Karen Blumberg

High Line Photographer Karen Blumberg captured this lush springtime shot last week of the Philip A. and Lisa Maria Falcone Flyover, the elevated walkway on the High Line between West 25th and West 27th Streets.

The Falcone Flyover is a subtle design feature that complements the natural microclimate found in this stretch of the park. North of West 25th Street, visitors find that the historic warehouse buildings draw closer to the historic railway, protecting this section from the wind and creating a naturally shady environment that captures moisture. When Joel Sternfeld photographed this area in the year 2000, it was home to tall sumacs and a thick understory.

When the High Line Design Team of James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf turned their attention to this area of the High Line, they looked to work with and celebrate the natural microclimate created by the close proximity of buildings when creating the design for the park.

Now, along the Falcone Flyover, a pathway ramps up gently to a height of eight feet above the ground, carrying visitors through a canopy of magnolias, sassafras, and serviceberry trees. This time of year, spring blooms like Solomon’s seal, red baneberry, a variety of phlox, and vibrant green mosses cover the forest floor, and the canopy is growing thicker with trees’ leaves.

Take your time while walking the Falcone Flyover next time you're at the High Line to enjoy seasonal foliage and blooms.


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