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Author: 
Erika Harvey
We need your help cutting back the High Line's plants to make way for new spring growth. Submit your volunteer application by Monday, February 13. Photo (upper right) by Joan Garvin. Other photos by Friends of the High Line.
 

The first signs of spring are already popping up along the High Line. To make way for new growth, we are now turning our attention to the biggest horticultural undertaking of the year: High Line Green-Up Spring Cutback.

Beginning in March, the High Line Gardeners will be working quickly to sheer back the grasses and perennials by hand, using pruners, scissors, and the help of volunteers and staff.

Spring Cutback is a monumental task – one that took us 1,200 hours to complete last year. This year, we have twice as much work to do. The High Line doubled in length when the new section opened last June, giving us one mile of parkland with more than 100,000 plants to prepare for spring this year.

We can’t do it without the help of volunteers like you. We hope you will join us!

Author: 
Erika Harvey
The first snowfall of the year was an opportunity to take some great photos of the High Line. Photo by Joan Garvin
 

The first winter storm arrived in New York City on Saturday, blanketing the High Line with a light coating of snow. Our maintenance and operations staff arrived before dawn to begin clearing the pathways, making the park safe for visitors to enjoy the High Line’s winter landscape.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
year in photos

Dear Friends,

Thank you for helping us make 2011 an incredible year for the High Line.

This year saw two major milestones for the High Line: the opening of the High Line from West 20th Street to West 30th Street, doubling the length of the park, and an agreement to preserve the third and final section of High Line at the rail yards, including the spur.

But so much more happened on the High Line in 2011: a post-snowstorm Snow Sculpt-Off, a Salman Rushdie Karma Chain, rooftop dance performances, 50,000 new plants, four competing teen step teams, mushroom-shaped bouncy houses, a temporary public plaza below the High Line, 15,000 roller skaters, avocado popsicles, a working water feature, kids releasing butterflies and earthworms, salsa dancing at sunset, a historic $20 million gift for the rail yards and the endowment, our first comprehensive book on the High Line, and a larger-than-life $100,000 bill art installation.

We've compiled some of our favorite images, video, and stories from this incredible year. We hope you enjoy them!

Best wishes for the new year.

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               Joshua David                                  Robert Hammond
               Co-Founder                                      Co-Founder

Author: 
Erika Harvey
Winter BerryThe winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata) on the High Line near West 21st Street. Photo by Barry Munger.
 

Temperatures may be dropping, but you will find a beautiful landscape, thought-provoking public art, and engaging public programs at the High Line over the next few months. Here are a few reasons to rediscover the High Line this winter.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
Below The Standard, New York, dancers in boldly colored costumes do acrobatic kicks as part of Half-Mythical, Half-Legendary Americanism. Photo by Liz Ligon.Below The Standard, New York, dancers in boldly colored costumes do acrobatic kicks as part of Half-Mythical, Half-Legendary Americanism. Photo by Liz Ligon.
 
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On November 12 and 14, visitors gathered to watch dancers in brightly colored costumes jump, run, kick, and cartwheel along the High Line as part of Half-Mythical, Half-Legendary Americanism, a new dance-theater work by Tyler Ashley and the SARAHS.

Author: 
Kate Lindquist
julietFriends of the High Line offers free public programs for kids and families on the High Line, offering a chance to learn about the park's history, design, plants, and art through creative play and nature-based education. Juliet Schraeder joined Friends of the High Line for the summer of 2011 as the High Line Family & Public Programs Graduate Summer Intern. Photo by Friends of the High Line
 

This special guest blog post comes to you from Juliet Schraeder, who is completing a summer internship at Friends of the High Line as part of her graduate work at the University of Texas at Austin. All summer long, Juliet has played a strategic role in leading our family and youth public programs on the High Line.

Author: 
Kate Lindquist
Trisha Brown Dance Company performs Roof Piece for the High LineTrisha Brown Dance Company recreates Roof Piece, originally performed in SoHo in 1971. Photo by Friends of the High Line
 

Despite heavy winds and ominous clouds on the horizon, nine dancers from the Trisha Brown Dance Company stepped into place on rooftops along the southern terminus of the High Line on Thursday evening. The dancers were preparing for their 7:00 PM performance — the debut of Roof Piece — a dance originally performed by the company in SoHo in 1971, and recreated on its 40th anniversary for the High Line. As the dancers prepared to begin, park visitors gathered along the High Line between Gansevoort and West 14th Streets. Some had come to see the performance, and others had stumbled upon it.

Author: 
Juwan Stone
Youth Corps on the High LineHyisheem, me and Kylah on a tour of Section 2. We were members of the High Line Youth Corps last year. Photo by Friends of the High Line
 

Author: 
Kate Lindquist
Snow Dragon The snow dragon, built on the Diller-von Furstenberg Sundeck by Gabriel Willow, Rebecca Pappas, and Raj Kottamasu, took first prize at yesterday's Sculpt-Off. Click the image above to watch a slideshow of photos from the event. Photo by Katy Gartside.
 

The stars were aligned for our first-ever High Line Snow Sculpt-Off yesterday. The overnight snowfall had blanketed the High Line with nearly a foot of sticky, wet snow that was perfect for packing. By the time our staff had finished clearing the snow (check out the video to relive the magic), the weather had warmed up just enough to enjoy being outside. An added bonus: schools were canceled and the neighborhood kids were looking for something to do.

"It was fantastic to see so many familiar faces—volunteers, neighborhood residents, and colleagues—being so creative!" Danya Sherman, our Deputy Director of Programs & Education, said. "The High Line is and always will be a place for neighbors being innovative—and having fun."

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