The High Line Blog

  • High Line Renegade Cabaret in the NYT

    From the New York Times  Yesterday's New York Times article about the High Line Renegade Cabaret shed some light on our new favorite neighbor, who's been serenading park users since opening day.  Patty Heffley, a former punk rock photographer, enlisted her jazz singer friend Elizabeth Soyc... read more
  • Name That Plant!

      Today's blog post was guest written by one of our Greeters, Claudia Berger. One thing is for sure, rain certainly helps the garden grow. The last few weeks of rain has really allowed the Chelsea Grasslands section to flourish. Flowers and other plants of all colors, shapes and sizes have... read more
  • Update on Park Entrances

    If you visited the park in our first couple of weeks, you may have been told to enter using the Gansevoort access point. This early limited access was part of our strategy to handle the anticipated heavy crowds on the park initially. You can now enter and exit the park at all access points (Gan... read more
  • Wallpaper.com Video

    [brightcove vid=25167691001&exp3=9305148001&surl=http://c.brightcove.com/services&pubid=1336820319&w=450&h=350] Here's a video from UK-based Wallpaper, featuring Co-Founder Joshua David and lead designer James Corner. It was shot back in April, a couple months before the park opened, and it's am... read more
  • Our New Flickr Pool Wants Your Photos

    We've created a brand-new Flickr Group, and it's looking a little lonely. We need YOU to cheer up our Pool by adding photos of your High Line visit! If you have a Flickr account, go to www.flickr.com/groups/friendsofthehighline/ and click "Join this Group" at the top. Once you're a member, it's... read more
  • The Curse of Ezekiel Marcus

      Some of you may have noticed an increase in precipitation over the past month or so. Meteorologists have put it down to the high-altitude jet stream that normally guides the movement of weather across the country being slightly south of its normal position- an explanation that may suffic... read more
  • Guest Blog: Lisa Switkin, Landscape Architect

    The Sundeck's lounge chairs are a popular spot for resting and people-watching.  Lisa Switkin is Associate Principal and Lead Designer of the High Line at James Corner Field Operations. She writes today about her initial responses to seeing the High Line's design turned into reality: "Aft... read more
  • High Line Renegade Cabaret!

      Like any respectable New York City park, the High Line has attracted its fair share of recurring characters (anyone have any video of Boba Fett playing video game songs on his accordion?), but none have been quite as popular as the "Renegade Cabaret" that has emerged from an apartment bui... read more
  • Love on the Line

    At around 10:10 this morning, I was informed that someone was about to propose to his girlfriend on the High Line. I arrived on site about ten minutes later, just in time to watch one of the most absurdly romantic scenes I've seen outside of Casablanca. Gene proposed to his girlfriend Abby in t... read more
  • Busy Sunday on the High Line!

    Despite the clouds, the High Line has welcomed thousands of visitors so far today, during the first weekend that Section 1 has been open. We're thrilled to see so many people enjoying the park!  For these first few weeks, while we're anticipating a high volume of visitors, the main entry point ... read more
  • NY Post Ribbon Cutting Video

    The Post ran this as part of their coverage of opening this week. A good, short summary. We collected some links to other opening coverage here. read more
  • Introducing the High Line Merchandise Program.

    In celebration of the High Line's opening, we are very excited to announce the High Line Merchandise Program. Friends of the High Line reached out to neighborhood designers and retailers who agreed to design and produce a limited-edition signature piece inspired by the High Line.  Thanks to th... read more
  • "One of the most thoughtful, sensitively designed public spaces built in New York in years."

    The New York Times architecture review is in, and calling the piece -- by architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff -- a rave would be no exaggeration. Ouroussoff describes his walk on the High Line as a linear narrative made of a series of episodes, with the careful balance of landscape elements se... read more
  • A Little Rain Never Hurt Anybody

      Today's blog post was guest written by one of our new Greeters, Claudia Berger. Today I was on the High Line for its first morning in operation. I was very impressed by how determined people were to see it— not even the rain could stop them. Visitors braved the rain, but none of the... read more
  • High Line Opening News Roundup

    Yesterday's Section 1 opening set off a flurry of press. Here's a quick High Line news roundup for your reading/viewing pleasure: The New York Times: Renovated High Line Now Open for Strolling (With a photo on page A1 of the print edition!) The New York Times: On High, a Fresh Outlook The New ... read more
  • Save The High Line At The Rail Yards: Public Hearing, TOMORROW June 10

      We need your support tomorrow at the Community Board 4 public forum on the Western Rail Yards. Even as we open the first section of the High Line as a public park today, one-third of the structure still has an uncertain future, and may be partially demolished. Come help us show the City, ... read more
  • Ribbon Cut: High Line Open!

    Photo courtesy of Spencer TuckerOffice of the Mayor  read more
  • Opening Day on the High Line!

    Today's blog post was guest written by one of our new Greeters, Claudia Berger. Today's ribbon-cutting ceremony with  Mayor Bloomberg marked the unofficial opening day on the High Line. (The official opening day is tomorrow, Tuesday June 9th, when the park will be open for its first full day, fro... read more
  • WE DID IT! HIGH LINE OPENS!

    Copyright Iwan Baan  Just moments ago, we stood with Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Quinn, Borough President Stringer, Congressman Nadler, and other leaders and supporters and cut the ribbon on the High Line, officially opening the first section to the public. This historic day is the culmination... read more
  • The High Line in Bloom: Pt. 2

    Back in March we gave you a taste of the young flora growing up on the High Line. As we anxiously await both the Summer season (which should be here any day now) and the impending High Line opening (same), we thought we'd share some pictures, courtesy of Ashley Burke, of other plants and flowers ... read more
  • Section 1 of the High Line to Open Tuesday, June 9

      ACCESS WILL BE LIMITED DURING PEAK HOURS After ten years of advocacy, planning, and construction, the High Line is opening.  Section 1 of the High Line (from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street) will open Tuesday, June 9, offering visitors the chance to preview the park, which is still und... read more