The High Line Blog

  • Manhattan Borough President's Community Planning Fellowship

    Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer's office is now taking applications for its 2008-2009 Community Planning Fellowship. The program, open to second-year graduate students in planning, intends to engage planning students in public service and to provide practical educational experience. Pa... read more
  • Stop and Smell the Roses

    Friends of the High Line moved offices last month, and our new West Chelsea digs are a bit further from the subway. I've been using my morning and evening commute to get to know our new neighborhood. Our new office is just west of the Chelsea Historic District [PDF], where the beautiful Greek ... read more
  • Tomorrow: Meeting About the Williamsburg Waterfront Park!

    An image of East River State Park, from the NY State Parks  The Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks and Planning is a coalition of over 40 community organizations dedicated to promoting parks and public access to the waterfront in Greenpoint and Williamsburg.  As we at the High Lin... read more
  • Westbeth High Line Section

    Left, National Geographic magazine; Right, Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times  Some of you may have seen this story in last Friday's Real Estate section of the Times. While the High Line park will begin at Gansevoort and Washington, few people know that the High Line originally went as far ... read more
  • Lab School 7th-Graders Design the High Line

      Yesterday, Jeff and I had the honor of judging the Second Annual High Line Design Competition at the Lab School in Chelsea.  The competition is the culmination of a multi-week geometry unit in two of Ms. Rodriguez and Ms. Whelan's math and science classes that uses the High Line as a mode... read more
  • Drink Wine, Support Friends of the High Line

      Local wine shop Chelsea Wine Vault is holding a couple of tastings over the next few weeks, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Friends of the High Line.  The first event is tomorrow evening from 7:00-9:00PM at their store in Chelsea Market.  The wines featured tomorrow-- over 20 fr... read more
  • Related is Selected as Rail Yards Developer

    Another big Rail Yards announcement this morning: the Related Companies have stepped in where Tishman Speyer dropped out earlier this month. Related's original proposal included the preservation of the entire High Line, including the spur over Tenth Avenue and the entire 30th Street section, whi... read more
  • Tomorrow is Bike to Work Day!

    Patrick's sweet ride  Tomorrow, some of us at FHL will celebrate Bike Month NYC  and National Bike to Work Day by riding in to the office. For now, it looks like the rain won't start until 10 or 11 AM tomorrow, so hopefully we can get to work dry - fingers crossed! As a (still relatively... read more
  • Join Us at the Opening of Chalk Shoes to the High Line

    Tomorrow night at the Leo Kesting Gallery, we will fete the opening of Chalk Shoes to the High Line, a show documenting the April 16 performance led by artist Julia Mandle that featured 60 8th-graders from the Lab School in Chelsea.  The students donned shoes made from green chalk and scuffed l... read more
  • From Rinses to Retail, Chelsea Car Wash Makes its Exit

    As many Chelsea dwellers, West Side Highway & Hudson River Park commuters, taxi drivers, and car wash enthusiasts may have noticed, the distinctive red Chelsea Car Wash sign has disappeared. It was removed from where it was attached to the High Line about a month ago with little fanfare. In th... read more
  • It's Official: MTA/Tishman Speyer Talks are Dead

    After a last-ditch effort to get their West Side Rail Yards negotiations back on track after Thursday's announcement, Tishman Speyer was unable to sway the MTA. The MTA's statement today was short and sweet. In its entirety: "The MTA met today with Tishman Speyer. Despite the best efforts of bot... read more
  • Breaking: Tishman Speyer Rail Yards Deal Falls Through

    Negotiations between the MTA and Tishman Speyer have collapsed, according to the MTA, following a request from the developer to change the terms under which the project would be financed, as well as the project schedule. An agreement on the 26-acre site could not be reached. Tishman Speyer was... read more
  • I Sketched the High Line

    ... And so can you! There are still a few spots remaining for the remaining Sketching the High Line classes with artist Ann DeVere. Last Saturday was the first class, and it was a really wonderful experience. Ann led us through a series of warm-up exercises to get our creative juices flowing, ... read more
  • Photo of the Week: Jonathan Flaum

    Photo by Jonathan Flaum.    Jonathan Flaum's High Line series is one of our favorites. He took this shot of pigeons and the Church of the Guardian Angel in 2005, before construction on the High Line had begun.  Check out his Web site for more High Line pics. Previous Photo of the Week read more
  • Where Pigeons Go to Die

    I was cleaning out photos on my cell phone and found this picture of a bird skeleton on the balast at the rail yards. Actually, there are few pigeons, and virtually no rats or mice on the High Line. The reason? There are no people up there to feed them garbage. read more
  • Gangs of Hell's Kitchen

    The indispensable WPA Guide to New York City -- a neighborhood-by-neighborhood survey from the the 1930's Federal Writer's Project -- is one of my favorite sources of NYC nerdistry. The chapter on Hell's Kitchen reveals some of the colorful characters that once inhabited the area around the Wes... read more
  • Moving Day!

      According to Gmap Pedometer, we are moving 0.4628 miles. We will pass under the High Line 3 times on the way. Do YOU want to rent our old office? read more
  • Don't Miss Your Chance to Sketch the High Line

      There are just a few spots left for our weekend sketching classes on the rail yards section of the High Line this month!  The classes will be led by fantastic artist and printmaker Ann deVere, and all art supplies will be provided.  No innate drawing talent or prior experience is required... read more
  • Site Photography: Planking Installation

      Timothy Schenck, on our engineering team, has taken some beautiful site photos throughout the construction process. More after the jump.     read more
  • Whitney Designs Revealed

    Tonight the Whitney made public for the first time its preliminary drawings for a new museum at Gansevoort and Washington Streets, right next to the High Line's southern terminus in the Meatpacking District. Whitney Director Adam Weinberg presented Renzo Piano's plans, calling the new facility ... read more