The High Line Blog

  • Green Council’s Green Thumb: Green All Around

    Throughout the summer, Green Council has made many accomplishments at various community gardens. We worked at Cultivate HKNY's rooftop garden in Hell's Kitchen, Wanaqua Garden in the Bronx, and P.S 33 Chelsea Prep. What made this summer so special was that each of the gardens had its own unique i... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Blackberry lily

    When I started gardening my backyard in Brooklyn, a friend gave me blackberry lily seeds. I planted them and soon forgot they were there. Other plants grew and grew, overshadowing the lilies, and because they had been shaded, they didn't bloom. Later, I started gardening here at the High Line,... read more
  • ​This September, Help Us Celebrate the Chelsea Grasslands

    Friends of the High Line is celebrating the Chelsea Grasslands section of the High Line this September—and you're invited. All month long, we're hosting a series of events to showcase this special area of the park between West 18th and West 20th Streets, which was inspired by the tallgr... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Purple love grass

    One of our more subtle grasses, Eragrostis spectabilis, has reached its prime season on the High Line. At 12 to 18 inches tall, this clump-forming perennial grass tends to be an inconspicuous presence in the garden until it begins to flower in August when its splayed red to purple infloresc... read more
  • Families on the High Line: Learning Through Movement

    How do you use the High Line as a family? Is it a place to relax and reconnect? An opportunity to look closely at plants and animals in the heart of the city? A source of creativity? The High Line inspires teachers, storytellers, and artists every day, and each month we are inviting them t... read more
  • Stargazing Date Night on the High Line

    Looking for something unique to do with your date or a group of friends? On August 16, skip the overpriced restaurant and join us for Stargazing Date Night on the High Line. Thanks to the Amateur Astronomers Association, visitors can join us weekly to stargaze during their stroll in... read more
  • The Best of ¡Arriba! 2016

    Join us as we reflect on the 2016 season of one of our most popular summer programs—the ¡Arriba!: Latin Dance Party. Drawing thousands of revelers, this year's installments of Friends of the High Line's beloved ¡Arriba! series were the energy-packed parties that nobody wanted to miss. Eac... read more
  • Gardening in the Sky: Maintaining a Sense of the Wild

    In the last Gardening in the Sky post I discussed how human activity often defines urban plant communities. To some extent, the reverse is also true: the wild plant communities that originally grew on the High Line inform both the design and maintenance of our current gardens. The High Line... read more
  • Artivist Teen Night: Party with a Purpose

    Unleash your inner artist-activist! Join the Teen Arts & Culture Council (TACC) at our Artivist Teen Night this August 11 from 5-9 PM on the High Line at 10th Ave & 14th Street. Teens dancing to DJ Robi D Light at our Wanderland Teen Night last month. On July 16, TACC produ... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Rosenkuppel oregano

    In New York City, home gardening can be a challenge. Looking up, you notice how people use any available space, be it on a fire escape, window box or on top of an air conditioner. Many choose to grow herbs, because often they are tough, have low water needs, smell great, attract pollinators an... read more
  • A Note From Friends of the High Line

    You may have seen a recent article in The New York Times about crowds in New York City parks, including the High Line. The article specifically mentions an after-hours event on the High Line, "Up Late," that took place on Thursday, July 21.We take our visitor experience very seriously, and our ra... read more
  • Melt: Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe

    High Line vendor Melt is known for their delicious, homemade ice cream sandwiches. Their use of locally-sourced ingredients allows them to create the most perfect, unique cookie and ice cream pairings. We were lucky enough to get our hands on two of their most popular recipes, Cinnamon Ice Cream ... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Leadplant

    Amorpha canescens, also known as leadplant, is a deciduous shrub in the pea family (Fabaceae) that is native to the prairies of North America. Though the shrub is found throughout the High Line, it is not common to find this shrub in other parks in New York City. This is one of the reasons it'... read more