The First Big Snow

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If you haven't already caught glimpses of the High Line dressed in white, check out this snow-strewn photo that our Maintenance & Operations staff took this weekend.

pipeThe Diller - von Furstenberg Sundeck under a white blanket.

In order to clear the snow, the crew used various tools and equipment including: a Bobcat mini-tracker with spinning broom, power brooms, push brooms, snow-blowers, shovels, and eco-friendly ice melt. Brooms (and power brooms) are the best way to remove snow safely and efficiently from the concrete planking and pathways.

pipeHigh Line staff member Damien Moore snow-swept while shoveling.

Snow removal started Saturday afternoon around 3:00 PM, finished for the night with the park's closing around 8:30 PM, and then began again on Sunday morning at 7:00 AM. As the snow began to fall steadily on Saturday, the prepared staff and Park Rangers began sweeping and shoveling to keep the High Line's paths snow-free.

Sunday, it took several hours to remove the white piles from stairways and walkways that had gathered overnight. The park's access points opened to eagerly awaiting snow-lovers, who climbed up at 11:00 AM. It took as many as ten staff members to remove snow in preparation for the park's opening that morning.

pipeDeputy Director of Horticulture & Park Operations Melissa Fisher clears the access point
on Gansevoort with a snow-blower Sunday morning.

The High Line will be open through the holidays with regular operating hours (7AM-8PM), weather dependent. Please check back with our website and twitter to get updates on late openings or early closings.