The High Line Blog

  • Lord Mayor of Copenhagen and Swimming Pools Part I

    This morning, we took the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen Ritt Bjerregaard and several Danish officials on a tour of High Line construction (you can see the recently re-installed tracks on either sides of the planking). I love the Danes and their use of public space. The Copenhagen Harbour Bath is on... read more
  • High Line Featured in NYT Editorial

    For the very first time that we are aware of, the High Line was featured in a New York Times Editorial. In it, America's paper of record challenges the City and Tishman Speyer to seize the opportunity provided by the development rights to the West Side Rail Yards and to do the right thing and "pr... read more
  • Warehoused! New Historic District to Hug the High Line

    The handsomest factories and warehouses around the High Line got a kiss from the city on March 18, when the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) calendered a proposal for a new industrial historic district in West Chelsea.  When the LPC calendars a proposal, it has a high chance of being a... read more
  • Celebrating Women's History With Council Speaker Christine Quinn

    The crowd mingles and enjoys tasty treats inside the Brooklyn Museum's Rubin Pavillion.  On Tuesday, I attended a celebration of Women's History Month at the Brooklyn Museum hosted by New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.  The event honored women in the arts, and I ran into a lot ... read more
  • Breaking: MTA Selects Tishman Speyer as Rail Yards Developer

      The MTA announced today that it has selected Tishman Speyer as the developer for the West Side Rail Yards. This announcement ends a 6-month bidding process, which originally involved 5 competing developers. Tishman Speyer outbid the only other remaining contender-- a joint venture between ... read more
  • Check it out at PULSE

    Searching for a downtown alternative to the Armory show this weekend? Look no further than Pier 40, which will house the PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, exhibiting works in all media from over 70 international galleries. When you're there, check out the Artware Editions (Booth F-5). Artware is a ... read more
  • Dispatches from the Nursery

    Gay Kepple from Millane Nursery, tagging the tented Hamamelis Pallidafor a planting area on the High Line  Sierra Bainbridge and Maura Rockcastle at Field Operations, the landscape architecture firm leading the High Line design team, have been travelling to plant nurseries around the east c... read more
  • Chalk Shoes to the High Line

    Photo by Ronald Cowie Friends of the High Line is set to kick off our spring programming season, and we'll be starting off with a bang.  We've commissioned Brooklyn-based multi-disciplinary artist Julia Mandle to work with a group of 60 students from the Lab School in Chelsea to mount a performa... read more
  • Florent: "Don't Cry for Me"

      An update on the imminent closing of beloved Meatpacking District institution Florent, which will soon lose its lease after 22 years on Gansevoort Street: According to the Villager's resident news-cat Scoopy, restauranteur Florent Morellet is not looking for another space, but is excited ... read more
  • Join Us at the Armory Show- Sunday March 30

    Join Friends of the High Line and Armory Show founder Paul Morris on a personal tour of the famous art fair. This annual event features work from living contemporary artists from more than 150 international galleries. Morris will give some history of the fair, and hand-pick some of his favorite ... read more
  • Rail Yards Update: MTA Might Pick a Bidder by Wednesday

    The development process for the West Side Rail Yards could be on the verge of an important milestone, which comes as a surprise to many who assumed this process would be slowed in the wake of economic uncertainty and the recent shakeup in state government. The New York Times reported this weeken... read more
  • Going Green: FHL Switches to FSC-Certified Paper Stocks and Printers

      In the first of many steps toward improving the environmentally- and socially-responsible practices of our organization, FHL is proud to announce that in January 2008, we began utilizing paper stocks and printers certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for our printed materials.... read more
  • High Line Art: Joana Kelly

    We are always excited to come across images of the High Line in our trolling through the blogosphere. Thanks to Razor Apple we found this lovely image of the High Line by Joana Kelly. The photo was made in 2005 from a set of sandwiched negatives -- one black and white negative from 13th Street... read more
  • Photo of the Week: Soggy Sandals

    Another rainy day up on the Line. Raindrops (and abandoned flip flops) found their way into one of the test pits dug on the High Line before construction began. This shot is from 2005. Previous Photo of the Week: West Side Cowboy Twofer Rainy Day Woman Introducing Photo of the Week read more
  • Neil Denari's HL23

      Another addition to the burgeoning architectural wonderland that is West Chelsea. This one is HL23, designed by Neil Denari, a new residential condo building for developer Alf Naman. It's right next door to another far-out new condo, Lindy Roy's High Line 519. Site work on the project be... read more
  • Gardens Inspired by Nature

    On Tuesday night we had our first membership event: a lecture with the High Line's planting designer, Piet Oudolf. You may have seen Piet's beautiful work in the gardens at Battery Park City, Millennium Park in Chicago, or at other sites elsewhere around the world. Piet discussed his theory of ... read more
  • Photo of the Week: West Side Cowboy Twofer

    This is one of our favorite historical images. The West Side Cowboys were employed by the City to ride in front of street-level freight trains and wave pedestrians out of the way. This was the City's stopgap measure to stop the carnage on what was known as "Death Avenue." The Cowboys were phased... read more
  • Space Invader Invades the High Line!

      This friendly space invader has already found a home on the High Line at the Northeast corner of 15th Street. He(?) has several relatives in West Chelsea and around town. There was a good Times article from this weekend on street art around the High Line and elsewhere in the city. Also c... read more
  • Gearing Up for Meatpacking District Design Week

      Our neighbors at The Meatpacking District Initiative have just announced some details about Meatpacking District Design Week 2008, happening the weekend of May 16-18.  Design Week events typically include afternoon and evening exhibitions, product launches, panel discussions, art installa... read more
  • Drink Wine at Lunch to Benefit Friends of the High Line

    National Wine Week in New York City extends from March 10-14.  Fourth Wall Restaurants will celebrate with lunch tastings in its five restaurants: Smith & Wollensky New York, Park Avenue Winter, Maloney & Porcelli, Quality Meats, and The Post House.  Tuesday through Friday, guests are offered t... read more
  • Back to TEXAS: Voelcker Park

    When people hear I am from San Antonio they often ask if I hope the High Line becomes like the River Walk. The answer is no. The River Walk is designed for tourists, and my dream is that the High Line is first and foremost a well-loved park for New Yorkers that visitors may also enjoy. But Sa... read more
  • Profile: Larry Lerner

    The movement to save the High Line started as a grassroots operation, localized in Chelsea and the Meatpacking District.  From the very early days, the neighborhood newspapers of Community Media (The Villager, Gay City News, Downtown Express, and later, Chelsea Now) have carried some of the best... read more
  • Help Save the New Globe Theater!

    There's a public hearing this Monday, March 10, about another great New York adaptive reuse project that we love. On Governors Island sits a dilapidated military fort with exciting potential.  It was built to defend the country against the British in the War of 1812 and has an identical blueprin... read more
  • Edris Salon Celebrates 5 years

    Last night we partied with our neighbor Edris as she celebrated her salon's 5th anniversary. With a bouncer out front of our building, a dance floor full of old friends from the neighborhood, and great food and wine, we couldn't have thought of a better way to spend a Monday night. Congratulatio... read more
  • Photo of the Week: Rainy Day Woman

    In honor of the dismal weather forecast for this week, here's my favorite rain shot of the High Line. This is an old meatpacking platform on 13th Street turned impromptu surrealist still-life. Previous Photo of the Week read more
  • Anchors Away: Morgan Stanley Pulls Out of Tishman's Bid

    The Times reports today that financial giant Morgan Stanley has backed away from its deal with Rail Yards bidder Tishman Speyer (bid here). Tishman is one of four remaining bidders for the site, (Brookfield Properties dropped out last week) and, until today, was one of three with an anchor tenan... read more
  • Robert on Crain's 40 Under 40

    Robert Hammond  Crain's came out with their annual 40 Under 40 list  yesterday, and the High Line's own Robert Hammond made the cut. He's profiled on the site  with a quick video (and enough studio photos to turn heads over at the Daily Intelligencer.) Robert Hammond, 38 [Crain's 40 Unde... read more
  • New West Chelsea Gym Incorporates the High Line

    What is sure to be the first of many business and residential structures built around it, a new branch of the posh Equinox gym opened January 3 under, between, and overlooking the High Line. Their lobby incorporates the High Line's support columns, and the yoga studio looks directly onto the Lin... read more
  • The State of the MTA: Crowded

      This morning, MTA Executive Director Lee Sander gave the first ever State of the MTA address. However, despite RSVP'ing last week, I wasn't able to make it inside, along with a bunch of other heartbroken transit enthusiasts. Bummer. Above are some shots of the huddled masses gathered o... read more