The High Line Blog

  • Banchet, a Unique Event Space Near the High Line

    We often get requests from people looking to host events on the High Line. Unfortunately, since it's still an active construction site, we can't let people have events up there yet. Many people don't realize that there are lots of great event spaces in the Meatpacking District. Banchet, just step... read more
  • Engineering the High Line: FREE

      [Restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and New York City's Irish Hunger Memorial by Robert Silman Associates]   [Danish National Opera House and Saudi Arabia's Al Faisaliah Tower by Buro Happold] Join Friends of the High Line and the Master's Program in Exhibition Desig... read more
  • Introducing PHOTO OF THE WEEK

    So we want to share some of our favorite photos of the High Line-- one every Wednesday. If this isn't enough for you, our flickr page  should scratch that itch. read more
  • BREAKING: Brookfield Not Submitting a New Bid

    Brookfield Properties has announced they have not submitted a second bid for the Rail Yards site. Supplementary bids were due yesterday. Back in January, the MTA asked the five developers to submit supplementary materials supporting their ability to lease, not buy, the 26-acre site. None of thi... read more
  • TEXAS is More Interesting Than You Think

    I was in Dallas a few weeks ago and learned about a couple of inspiring projects. Utopian re-conquest of  TX I met a woman named Sarah Jane Semrad, who, along with a crew of activists, is turning a 35-acre site into an Arts Residency with the main building going up around an abandoned train tr... read more
  • High Line Envy at the Big Dig?

    Boston may own New York in baseball, but in regards to creative re-development of disused behemoths of the mid-20th century, they may be woefully behind Gotham. Consider Sunday's Times article describing the slow evolution of the park being built atop the Big Dig where Boston's old Southeast Exp... read more
  • Action-Packed Construction Update

    Section 1 is very busy right now as the team prepares for a delivery of soil in a few weeks. I went up this morning to take stock of all the action happening on the Line right now. Here are some highlights. Click all photos to enlarge.   Tracks are being re-installed in their original lo... read more
  • Storefront for Art and Architecture Benefit at DVF

    Storefront 25th Anniversary Benefit  This save-the-date for the Storefront For Art and Architecture's 25th Anniversary Benefit recently made its way into our office. The event, honoring architect (and Storefront founder) Kyong Park, and artist Shirin Neshat, will be held this April in the ... read more
  • New York ASLA Seeks an Executive Director

    The New York Chapter of the American Society for Landscape Architects is seeking a full-time Executive Director. Applications are due February 29th and should include a one-page cover letter and resume to Founded in 1899, American Society of Landscape Architects is the national pr... read more
  • Volunteering for Friends of the High Line: Tons of Fun

    FHL Volunteers B.C. Roberts and Patrick Kennedy check in visitors at OHNY 2007 last October  Working with our volunteers is one of my favorite parts of my job.  Friends of the High Line has about 115 active volunteers, all of them dynamic individuals who care about the future of New York Ci... read more
  • Awards Sweep for High Line Champion Amanda Burden

      It's award season for Amanda Burden, Chair of the New York City Planning Commission  -- and one of the High Line's earliest, most passionate champions.  Earlier in February, we saw her glide up to the podium to accept a New York City Cititzens Committee award, presented by Charlie Rose (ri... read more
  • Crain's: MTA Should Pick Most Financially Sound Developer

    Unsurprisingly in the wake of the subprime crisis and general market shakiness, much of the Rail Yards dialogue has turned away from design and towards financials. Of course, guessing is a bit tough, given the MTA's refusal to make the financial bids public (which the HYCAC called for as part o... read more
  • Chapter One: He Adored the High Line

    In one of the greatest movie openings of all time, Woody Allen's Manhattan features shots of his noble but down-at-the-heels city unfolding to the swooping score of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, and Allen's own signature writerly futzing. The whole thing is worth watching, of course, but pay sp... read more
  • Newsletter

    Become a Friend of the High Line and receive our e-mail newsletter now. It's the best way to stay up to date on everything that's happening with Friends of the High Line and the High Line project. You'll receive breaking news, invitations to great events, announcements about volunteer opportuniti... read more
  • Friends of the High Line

    Friends of the High Line (FHL) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and reuse of the High Line, a 1.5-mile-long historic elevated rail structure on the West Side of Manhattan. Founded in 1999, FHL is supported by nearly all the elected officials representing the H... read more
  • Javits: Electeds Oppose Spitzer, Questions about the Value of a Convention Center

    Charles Bagli writes in the Times today that Governor Spitzer's decision to curtail Javits expansion and sell off two adjacent parcels of land is raising some hackles among others in the West Side Development arena. Among the opponents are Senator Schumer and Speaker Quinn. One of the parcels is ... read more
  • Hitting Close to Home

    3'-By-4' Plot Of Green Space Rejuvenates Neighborhood: This article from the Onion  pretty much nails it. "The green space, a rectangular patch of crabgrass located on a busy median divider, has by all accounts turned what was once a rundown community into a thriving, picturesque oasis, filled ... read more
  • Sweet "No-Profit" Gallery Opens Near the High Line

    Photo by Suzanne DeChillo, New York Times From the Times this weekend: A gallery has opened near the High Line that defies the current super-hot gallery market by operating as an egalitarian "no-profit" space for young and emerging artists. Honey Space is run by some artists themselves, and any ... read more
  • David Beckham Bares All for the High Line

    Here's the view today from 17th Street read more
  • Better Know a Developer: Extell Development Company

    Welcome to the second in our series of posts running down the track records of the various companies competing for the opportunity to build lots and lots of buildings over the West Side Rail Yards. Today we focus on Extell, whose Steven Holl-designed plan (above, and here) has probably received ... read more
  • Pat Benatar Rocks the Line

    In what is an eerily near-perfect re-telling of my own coming-to-New York story, Pat Benatar's Love Is A Battlefield video tells the story of a runaway from small-town America, who, against all odds, fights her way through the grime-ridden dive bars of New York's oily, leather-clad underbelly, to... read more
  • Seminary Demo Begins: Beginning of the End for Controversial High Line Neighbor

    Demolition has started on Sherrill Hall, the Seminary building that sparked a bitter neighborhood battle in Chelsea last year, when Seminary leaders proposed replacing it with a 17-story building. Scaffolding is up. Signs have been posted about asbestos removal and rat-baiting.  The building will... read more
  • "No doubt you will ruin it"

      This is one of my favorite comments cards from our 2003 Ideas Competition. I've kept on my desk since then. read more
  • Winter Has Arrived!

      As the winter wonderland melted and quickly became a grim rainy day, we at the High Line find ourselves reminiscing about how darn pretty the High Line looks in the snow.  Rusty B is a gal for all seasons! Here's a little taste to satisfy your winter woes.  These lovely images were t... read more
  • Christine Quinn's Fighting Words on Javits High Line Block

    Photo: William Alatriste City Council Speaker Christine Quinn delivered a rousing State of the City address (PDF) yesterday.  It included a promise to "fight any shortsighted effort" by the State to sell two sites adjacent to the Jacob Javits Convention Center until a compelling plan for Javits e... read more
  • High Line Goes to Rehab? Paparazzi Swarm

      Was Rusty B finally checking herself in, her reps claiming "exhaustion" and "dehydration?"  So it would have seemed on Monday afternoon as paparazzi swarmed beneath the windows of Friends of the High Line.  In fact the paps were there for Isla Fisher, shooting "Confessions of a Shopaholic... read more
  • Chicago's Park in the Sky: The Bloomingdale Trail

    New York isn't the only city to be blessed with out-of-use elevated railway-- while back home in Chicago last year, I took a hike on the Bloomingdale Trail, the three-mile-long unused rail embankment that runs through Chicago's residential west side.   The plant-covered trail, which trains... read more
  • Robert on Guest of a Guest

    Co-Founder Robert Hammond was on Manhattan gossip blog Guest of a Guest, talking about his favorite part of the design, the creative people involved in the High Line, and his other life as a painter. Read the Interview read more
  • Intended and Unintended Consequences

    I made a brief visit to the construction site on Saturday. The design is really starting to take shape. We are just entering that wonderful moment in a construction process when there are enough pieces in place that you can see how they all come together; and yet, like one of those biological lea... read more
  • Planks are Delivered

    Concrete planks were delivered recently on a flatbed truck, and loaded onto the High Line at 14th Street with a crane.   Workers began installing the planks at Gansevoort Street, and are working their way north. These 12-foot-long, tapered planks will become the pathways on the High Line. ... read more
  • Crain's Has More on the MTA's Strings Attached

    Crain's has the latest on an increasingly complicated set of requirements for developers, as outlined by the MTA in their January 28 letter. According to the article by Theresa Agovino, the winning developer will be contractually obligated to create a set of seperate funds that will go to the MT... read more
  • Florent Goes to Court!

    Photos: Getty; Laura Miller  We bumped into Florent Morellet Wednesday night outside the Community Board 4 meeting and he was bubbling about his recent day in court. The Meatpacking District pioneer and devoted High Line supporter has filed suit against his landlord in an effort to extend... read more
  • News Roundup February 1-7

    The January 28 MTA letter to developers generated a bunch of speculation on what the new guidelines will mean for developers, and it's been a busy week for the various other developments around the Yards. MTA Likely to Narrow Rail Yards Field (NYO The Real Estate) MTA Wants Rail Yards Develop... read more
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      Become our fan on Facebook. We'll post photos, videos and project updates. read more
  • Retail: Ports 1961 Coming to the Neighborhood

    Photo from Racked. Canadian boutique retailer Ports 1961 is opening their US flagship store in the Meatpacking District (here.) If Racked is correct, Ports' February opening may be delayed. There is a lot more high-end retail on its way to the neighborhood. From  The New York Post : The final p... read more
  • High Line Supporters Chow Down at Hector's

    High Line followers gathered on Friday, January 25 at Hector's Cafe for lunch with the staff of Friends of the High Line. Located directly under the High Line on Washington Street, Hector's has been a Meatpacking District fixture since 1962 and caters primarily to the meatpackers and truck dri... read more
  • "Brown is also a color": Planting Designer Piet Oudolf Accepts Death

    The New York Times ran a weekend profile on Dutch planting designer Piet Oudolf, who is now at work on plans for the High Line. The Home & Garden piece paints Piet as somewhat of a revolutionary in his holisitic approach to plant life cycle. He claims,"The skeletons of the plants are for me as im... read more
  • Better Know a Developer: Tishman Speyer

    Over the next few weeks, we'll be providing you with some quick-hit style background information on the various developers who have submitted bids for the West Side Yards site. Today, we're starting with Tishman Speyer, whose bid is pictured above. Founded in 1978 in New York, Tishman Speyer ("... read more
  • More on the MTA's Decision to Lease, Not Sell, Rail Yards Site

    Following up on Crains' reporting last week,  the Times reports this morning on bidding developers' (anonymous) initial responses to the MTA's request for new information (the Times reporter says "new bids," although that's not how the MTA framed it)  reflecting the transit authority's desire to ... read more
  • High Line Video on Open House NYC

    [brightcove vid=1399285872&exp=987655381&w=300&h=260] The NBC real estate show Open House NYC covered the High Line's transformation in a segment on its Sunday morning broadcast. It features co-Founder Robert Hammond and City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden. (A 15-second ad plays before the ... read more
  • MCNY Panel Calls for West Side Development Oversight, Funding Transparency

    At a panel discussion at the Museum of the City of New York last night, planners and community advocates criticized the lack of coordination going into the planning for the West Side. The sheer mass of public and private development planned for the West Side (between 14th and 42nd Street, West o... read more
  • Rail Yards, High Line, West Side Highway from Above

    Alex S. MacLean/Landslides Aerial Photography.  read more