The High Line Blog

  • DIY Night: Get on the FLOR!

      On Monday night, we were invited to the most exclusive of West Chelsea events: a FLOR-laying party in our new office on 20th Street. In preparation for our move this weekend from our cramped quarters on 14th Street to our new palatial digs, we covered the bare concrete with squares of the... read more
  • Tiffany & Co. Employees Get the High Line Ready for Spring

      Last week, a group of twenty Tiffany & Co. employees removed their jewelry and donned gardening gloves to clean up trash on the rail yards section of the High Line in anticipation of our High Line sketching classes which starts this weekend.  The employees are all part of TIffany 's Team... read more
  • Amanda Burden Awarded Top Planning Honor

    Amanda Burden, Chair of the New York City Planning Commission, has long been a supporter of the High Line-- she sheparded through the 2005 West Chelsea Rezoning which allowed its preservation. And excellence and hard work was recognized recently. On Monday evening at the 2008 National Planning C... read more
  • Tuesday, May 6: Artist Talk With Spencer Finch

    Artist Spencer Finch will discuss plans for the public art work he's mounting on the High Line at a FREE public lecture next week.  The piece, called "The River the Flows Both Ways," will be installed where the High Line goes through Chelsea Market, and is made of 720 pieces of colored glass ba... read more
  • Photo of the Week: Summer Sunset

    Summer is just around the corner, or so this 80-degree day would have us believe. Above, sunset at the rail yards, last summer. It's hard to beat that golden light filtering through the smog over New Jersey. Last Week's Photo of the Week read more
  • Movable Chaise Lounge Mock-up Arrives!

    One of the most exciting furniture pieces on the High Line will be movable chaise lounge chairs located at the Sundeck between West 14th and 15th Streets. These lounge chairs will sit on the original rail tracks, mounted on new wooden ties, and can be rolled into place or set with brakes. Unob... read more
  • My Favorite Pool - Swimming Pools Part II

    This remains my favorite proposal for the reuse of the High Line - a mile long lap pool. Nathalie Rinne, an architecture student in Vienna submitted the plan and as part of our 2003 Ideas Competition. The simplicity of the idea, the singularity of use and the graphic way in which it was convey... read more
  • A High Line Runs Through It

    A new addition to what's being called the "High Line building" at 450 West 14th Street-- designed by Morris Adjmi and developed by Charles Blaichman-- is one of just a handful of new buildings in the Meatpacking District designed specifically for office space, signaling a new (but certainly not... read more
  • Ouroussoff on Truth-Bending Rail Yards Renderings

    Yesterday, New York Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussof used Tishman Speyer's winning rail yards bid as an example of a problematic trend in urban development. He explains that misleading renderings are designed (or censored) to prevent public objection, so projects can slip easily throug... read more
  • Photo of the Week: Aerial from 15th Street

    This one was taken before construction began, in the fall of 2005. In the foreground, the High Line runs above the (soon to be gone) Chelsea Car Wash, before ducking through the former Cudahy Meatpacking plant. Last week's Photo of the Week   read more
  • Photo Roundup: Chalk Shoes to the High Line

      This afternoon, sixty 8th-grade art students from the Lab School for Collaborative Studies donned tall, blocky shoes made of green chalk and scuffed West along the streets of Chelsea and the Meatpacking District, drawing chalk lines with their feet that ended at three future access po... read more
  • Reminder: On Wednesday, Follow "Chalk Shoes to the High Line"

    How do you get to the High Line? Tomorrow, a group of eighth-grade students from the Lab School will be leading the way... in brightly-colored "chalk shoes." Brooklyn-based artist Julia Mandle will lead student performers through the streets of the Meatpacking District and Chelsea, in a perfor... read more
  • Gansevoort Plaza Bollards

      New (and for some, suggestively shaped) concrete bollards are being installed on Ninth Avenue between Little West 12th and West 13th Street, as part of an ongoing new measure to calm traffic and make the streets of the Meatpacking District friendlier to pedestrians. The intersection has lo... read more
  • Field Ops to Design the Country's Largest Urban Park

      Yesterday, James Corner from Field Operations (the landscape architecture firm heading up the High Line's design team) revealed plans for the firm's newest commission: Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, the 4,500-acre site that will be America's largest urban park. (Central Park, by comparison,... read more
  • Chelsea: 1986

    In some ways, Chelsea in 1986 in not so different from what it is today. Sure, the neighborhood has changed and evolved in many ways, but it has also remained a diverse community of people, activities, and uses. The preservation and reuse of High Line adds another interesting element to the rich ... read more
  • Photo of the Week: Rail Yards Wildlife!

      This 4-inch praying mantis was spotted on the Rail Yards section, above 30th Street. read more
  • Upcoming: Matt Wolf's "Wild Combination" at the Kitchen

    Our friend Matt Wolf, a talented filmmaker who's produced several short videos about the High Line, makes the New York debut of his first feature-length film, "Wild Combination", at the Kitchen on May 15. Matt's film was an Official Selection at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year. The f... read more
  • Photo of the Week: Peel-Up Benches

    Concrete bases for the peel-up benches ready for installation.  read more
  • Work Continues; Soil for Section 1 to Arrive in Early April!

    The landscaping of the High Line is one the most exciting aspects of this project. Much has been happening on site in preparation for this part of construction. On site, resident engineer LiRo and construction management team KiSKA are working with Kelco Landscaping, Inc., the landscape contrac... read more