Happy Holidays from Friends of the High Line!
From caring for 116,000 plantings to building an imaginary cityscape out of two million LEGO® bricks, 2015 has been an amazing year for the High Line and our community. We are especially grateful to all the generous supporters who help us keep the High Line beautiful and enliven the park with great programs and public art. Thank you for being a part of it!
Please enjoy a few of our favorite moments and photos from the past year and accept our warmest wishes for a happy and healthy 2016. See you in the park!
The collectivity project featured an imaginary cityscape conceived and designed by the public. The exhibit encouraged visitors to be playful and collaborative with two million white LEGO® bricks, and sought to engage participants in a larger conversation about the many changes inherent in our urban environment. Photo by Liz Ligon.
Nearly 800 teens came together at No Filter Teen Night for an evening of performances, dancing, food, screen printing, and hands-on activities. Special thanks to the Teen Arts Council for their hard work putting this awesome event together!
Photo by Liz Ligon.
In May, the Whitney Museum of American Art opened next door. Our new neighbor boasts numerous outdoor spaces, with stunning views of the Hudson River, the surrounding city, and the High Line.
Photo by Anita Ng.
Opened less than a year, Santina managed to nab the #7 spot in the New York Times "Top New York Restaurants of 2015." Special shoutout to Major Food Group for this amazing accomplishment! Photo by Rowa Lee.
As part of our annual Spring Cutback, our dedicated volunteers and staff worked together to trim back more than 116,000 plants throughout the park. Photo by Liz Ligon.
Our Green Corps teen staff made significant contributions to our community by helping gardeners with projects on the High Line as well as other locations like the Hell's Kitchen Farm Project's rooftop farm and P.S. 33 in Chelsea. Photo by Anita Ng.
At our After Sunset Poetry Walk, participants experienced ten blocks of all kinds of poetry, including traditional readings, spoken word, and ASL poetry as well as a special closing party. Photo by Claudio Papapietro.
For our Honk 210 Hz event, High Line visitors joined performers at the 10th Avenue Square to create a sound composition in response to traffic patterns seen from above.
A caged composition of black steel grids and bright yellow busts, Rashid Johnson's
Blocks – part of our High Line Art program – provides an organic foil to the natural landscape of the High Line.
Photo by Timothy Schenck.
Friends of the High Line staff were honored to walk alongside Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Member Corey Johnson and the New York City Council, during the 2015 Heritage of Pride parade. To further celebrate, we featured dozens of park visitors sharing why they're proud. Left photo by Friends of the High Line/right photo by Rowa Lee.
At our annual High Line Honey Day, Friends of the High Line and Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm welcomed visitors to taste their way through NYC's first artisanal honey market and meet beekeepers from all five boroughs.
Photo by Julieanne Prevete.
Our annual Summer Party, presented by Coach, featured a sunset garden celebration, complete with picnic-themed treats, spiked lemonades, and outdoor games. Photo by Liz Ligon.
At our fifth-annual Social Soup Experiment, participants enjoyed a greenmarket-inspired lunch and dined elbow-to-elbow at communal tables along the High Line. Photo by Anita Ng.
Every July and August, kids programs take over the High Line, offering families a chance to build, create, and experiment in the park. This summer, more than 2,500 children and adults attended Wild Wednesday, Arty Hours, and Lawn Time for Little Ones. Photo by Julieanne Prevete.
Our team removed 11,000 bags of garbage from the park and cleared 22 blocks of snow-covered paths following storms in 2015. Photo by Rowa Lee.
Kids and adults alike flocked to our annual Haunted High Line Halloween event, which featured a puppet show, storytelling, face painting, a photo booth, a take-home art project, and a ghost-themed scavenger hunt, as well as many High Line staffers in elaborate costumes.
Photo by Liz Ligon.
This fall, Phaidon released the ultimate coffee table book, The High Line, a first-hand, behind-the-scenes account of the creative inspiration behind our park in the sky.
Thanks for being a part of the High Line family!
Header photo by Liz Ligon.