2014: The Year in Photos

We've gathered together some of our favorite images and stories from this groundbreaking year. We hope you enjoy them.

This has been a momentous year for the High Line, thanks to you. From all of us at Friends of the High Line, we wish you the very best in 2015!

Remember Snowpocalypse? Don’t worry – we’ve tried to block it out, too. The park weathered  storm after storm last winter, and staff and volunteers worked tirelessly to help keep the walkways clear. Learn more about our Snow Team volunteers and  how you can join them. Photo by Friends of the High Line.

Each March, we trim back the High Line's plants to make room for new growth. Called Spring Cutback, this massive horticulture task entails trimming more than 100,000 plants. Read more about this past year’s herculean effort. Photo by Joan Garvin

After a bitter winter, we look forward to the first signs of spring. The crocus is a prolific member of the Iris family that grows throughout the High Line, leaping out of the earth ready to declare that spring has finally, truly arrived. Photo by Mike Tschappat.

John Wesley’s  Nine Female Inmates of the Cincinnati Workhouse Participating in a Patriotic Tableau is one of four High Line Billboards to greet visitors at West 18th Street in 2014. This year’s works, including a site-specific commission, came from both new and established artists. Photo by Timothy Schenck.

This April, members of our  Green Corps – our paid youth horticulture job-training program – helped out at Friends of the High Line’s very first Neighbor Day. They helped local gardener Tari Stubblefield restore the Magic Garden at Fulton Houses in Chelsea. Photo by Rowa Lee

In May, High Line Art presented Ed Ruscha’s first public commission in New York City, entitled Honey I Twisted Through More Damn Traffic Today. Camouflaged in the architecture surrounding the High Line, Ruscha’s giant street sign reads like a speech bubble emanating directly from the city’s streets. Photo by Timothy Schenck.

From April through October, High Line Food vendors provided delicious meals and snacks to our visitors. Thank you to Blue Bottle Coffee, Brooklyn Soda Works, Delaney Barbecue’s SmokeLine, La Newyorkina, L’Arte del Gelato, Melt Bakery, People’s Pops, The Taco Truck, and Terroir at The Porch for a scrumptious season.

Photos by: (first row from left) Rowa Lee, Rowa Lee, Jason Scott; (second row from left) Rowa Lee, Bethany Bandera, Rowa Lee; (third row from left) Liz Ligon, Liz Ligon, Rowa Lee

An outdoor group exhibition about technology and obsolescence, Archeo brings together the work of artists who employ outmoded technologies and machinery as a reflection on humanity’s fascination and frustration with technology. Photo by Timothy Schenck

Attendees had a fabulous time at our Summer Party, presented by Coach. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while dancing to music by DJ Kayper and a surprise performance by De La Soul. Photos courtesy of the Billy Farrell Agency

In July, park visitors were treated to two immersive live performances. Artist Ryan McNamara’s Misty Malarky Ying Yang captivated viewers with a choreographed spectacle that swept through the park, while David Lamelas’s Time Line on the High Line invited participants to contemplate the nature of time. Photo by Adam Pape.

The High Line  Teen Arts Council produced two wildly successful Teen Nights last summer in the 14th Street Passage. They planned every aspect of the events, from the bands to the art. This year’s themes were "90s in NYC" and "Cruise to the Caribbean." Photo by Rowa Lee.

It’s not summer at the High Line without the sweet sights and smells of Honey Day! Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm returned with an observational beehive to teach visitors about the industrious honeybee. Guests enjoyed tastings, activities, and special honey-infused treats from our High Line Food vendors. Photo by Liz Ligon.

This summer we hosted some of New York City’s best Latin bands at the High Line, transforming the park into an open-air dance floor at sunset. This fun, monthly event was a hit with all ages! Photo by Rowa Lee.

The High Line's fourth-annual Social Soup Experiment took place on October 18, and once again proved that good food and good company are a recipe for success. Photo by Rowa Lee.

The opening of the High Line at the Rail Yards was a thrilling moment – the culmination of more than 15 years of advocacy. We celebrated the opening with a grand procession through the park and a week of special programming, including wellness classes, lunchtime concerts, tours, storytelling, and much more. Video by Arbuckle Industries.

The Rail Track Walk is one of the many exciting, new design features at the High Line at the Rail Yards. Learn about several more, including the Grasslands Grove and Interim Walkway. Photo by Iwan Baan.

This fall, we added a bunch of new products to the High Line Shop – everything from hand-stitched toys to self-watering planters. Photo by Rowa Lee.

With the opening of the High Line at the Rail Yards, the Pershing Square Beams became the new hot spot for kids. Learn more about events and programming for our youngest visitors. Photo by Rowa Lee.

Argentine artist Adrián Villar Rojas created a site-specific installation, The Evolution of God, composed of thirteen abstract sculptures placed throughout the High Line at the Rail Yards. The concrete forms, made with items like sneakers, seeds, and vegetables, will slowly disintegrate over time. Photo by Timothy Schenck.

We welcomed New York’s scariest ghouls and goblins to our fourth-annual Haunted High Line Halloween, which featured trick-or-treating, art activities, "real" ghosts, and story-telling sessions. Photo by Anita Ng.

In October, we welcomed back Robert Hammond, Co-Founder of Friends of the High Line, as our Interim Executive Director. Photo by Liz Ligon.

In November, High Line Art opened its first traditional gallery exhibition, Pier 54. The exhibition features photographic documentation of actions by 27 female artists. The actions took took place over the summer of 2014 on Hudson River Park's Pier 54, a disused pier on Manhattan’s West Side. Photo by Liz Ligon

Photos from the exhibition can be seen on High Line Channel 14 through January 14, 2015. 

Thank you to everyone who walked, skipped, or lounged in the park this year. We look forward to seeing you again in 2015! Photo by Eddie Crimmins

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