The High Line Blog

  • Celebrating High Line Kids Programming

    Every July and August, Kids programs take over the High Line, offering families a chance to build, create and experiment in the park, thanks to the generous support of our funders. This summer, more than 2,500 children and adults attended Wild Wednesday, Arty Hours,and Lawn Time for Little One... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Gibraltar bushclover

    The High Line's planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees – each chosen for their hardiness, adaptab... read more
  • Photo of the Week: Kevin Beasley Performance

    Photos by Liz LigonThis Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday High Line Art presented daily sound performances by artist Kevin Beasley, entitled Untitled Stanzas: Staff/Un/Site. In preparation for his performances Kevin spent months gathering sounds from along the High Line: the chirps of ... read more
  • Gardening in the Sky: Gardening Toward Fall

    Piet Oudolf designed the High Line's gardens with four seasons of beauty in mind. One of his central design tenants is to include the entire lifecycle of a plant in a garden's design. The fading flowers, seed heads and dried, brown stalks of fall and winter are just as visually important in his s... read more
  • Throwback Thursday: 10th Avenue Square

    A recent photo of the 10th Avenue Square. Photo by Liz Ligon The 10th Avenue Square is one of the High Line's most beloved design features and is a favorite spot for lunch goers, sun bathers, people watchers, BFFs catching up, and even the occasional musical performance or wedding. The desi... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Korean Feather Reed Grass

    The High Line's planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees – each chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, d... read more
  • Elevated Eats: Blue Bottle Coffee

    For many of us, coffee is a daily staple. It helps us wake up in the morning, gives us a boost in the afternoon and is the perfect accompaniment for a stroll on the High Line - no matter what time of day. In this installment of Elevated Eats, we go behind the scenes with Blue Bottle Coffe... read more
  • Photo(s) of the Week: A New Way to Get to the High Line

    We have some exciting High Line neighborhood news to share. The extension of the No. 7 train brings that subway line from Times Square to 34th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues. This establishes the first subway access to the Far West Side, a neighborhood once considered off the beaten path... read more
  • Throwback Thursday: 1930s Aerial View

    Photographer unknown In 1934, the initial stage of the West Side Improvement Project was completed: a shining new elevated viaduct was unveiled, connecting New York Central Railroad's freight line with Manhattan's West Side. This great engineering achievement eliminated 105 street-level railro... read more
  • ​Q&A with High Line Gardener Erin Eck

    While the High Line is meant to look like a wild landscape, it requires an extraordinary amount of work to maintain the plant life. Our hardworking horticulture team is responsible for maintaining the park's hundreds of species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees. In our latest staf... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Coral Honeysuckle

    The High Line's planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees – each chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, d... read more
  • Photo of the Week: Rainy Days

    Don't let the rain scare you away this weekend! We love High Line Photographer Eddie Crimmins's rainy day shot from the 10th Avenue Square. It's a great reminder of how beautiful and peaceful the park can be, even when the weather is less than cooperative. There are of course bonuses to coming on... read more
  • Throwback Thursday: High Line Art's First Group Exhibition

    Did you know that Friends of the High Line has been presenting public art since the opening of the park in 2009? Over the past six years, High Line Art has commissioned over 120 projects by 150 national and international artists. This program has broadened the audience for contemporary ar... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Solidago varieties

    The High Line's planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees – each chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, d... read more
  • Remembering Oliver Sacks and His Love of Horsetails on the High Line

    We find ourselves thinking about Oliver Sacks often since his passing on August 30. The British neurologist and author moved to New York in 1965, and spent more than half his life in our eclectic city; often writing about it from his refined, almost magical perspective.As we reflect on his gifts ... read more
  • Photo(s) of the Week: Summer Top 10

    I hate to break it to you, but summer is soon coming to a close. Here's a short list of the top ten things to do on the High Line before fall is here (in no particular order). Have lunch al fresco in the 10th Avenue Square. Photo by Friends of the High Line Catch one of our w... read more
  • Throwback Thursday: High Line Pool?

    Entry by Nathalie Rinne In 2003, Friends of the High Line launched an open "ideas competition," soliciting ideas for transforming the then still abandoned and overgrown High Line into a public space. The competition received 720 entries from 36 countries, from people of all walks of life. ... read more