Zach Hauser, City Planning Commission Chair Amanda Burden, and Lexi Hauser plant an eastern
redbud tree in the Gansevoort Woodland. Photo by Joan Garvin
Earlier today we welcomed our 2,000,000th visitor to the High Line since the park opened to the public ten months ago.
To celebrate the occasion, and to mark the arrival of the very first spring on the High Line, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, City Planning Commission Chair Amanda Burden, and Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined Co-Founder Joshua David to plant a flowering eastern redbud tree (Cercis Canadensis) in the Gansevoort Woodland.
Our lucky 2,000,000th (and 2,000,001st!) visitors were Lexi and Zach Hauser, from Raleigh, North Carolina. This was the first trip to the High Line for Lexi and Zach, who were joined by their mother, Deb, and their family friend, Richard Conolly, a native New Yorker and Chelsea resident. The gang helped plant the new tree and received some very special commemorative gifts: a framed photo of the High Line and limited edition High Line beach towels designed by Diane von Furstenberg.
The High Line has been open for less than a year, and already it has become a major New York attraction and top destination for New Yorkers and visitors from around the world. City Planning Chair Burden summed it up best at today's event when she said, "The High Line has captured the world's imagination and surpassed all expectations."
Come see for yourself! Take advantage of the warm weather. Soak in the sun as you stroll along the park. And please, share your photos with us.