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6 Reasons to Love the High Line in Winter

It's difficult to believe given the roller coaster of weather this fall, but the official beginning of winter is just around the corner. Here are 6 reasons to love winter on the High Line. Anything you would add?

1) Everything is Prettier with Snow

Photo by Marcin Wichary

As New Yorkers, we often dread snow and everything that comes along with it: questionable slush, forgotten trash pickup, the long frigid walk to the subway, and the impossible task of catching a cab. But snow on the High Line evokes the bucolic beauty of freshly fallen snow in the countryside, IMHO. The light flakes grasp to dried grasses, perch atop the branches, and transform the park into something magical.

2) Bird's the Word

Photo by Mike Tschappat

Did you know that the High Line provides a veritable buffet for birds? The fact that plants are left to overwinter naturally—meaning that they aren't cut back before winter sets in—allows seed heads and berries to provide food for birds all winter long. If you keep your eyes peeled, you might catch a bird snacking, like this mockingbird noshing on Red Sprite winterberry.

3) Colors That Pop

Photo by Steven Severinghaus

In the summer months, you might not have as great of an appreciation for color within the landscape, but in the dreary months of winter, every pop of color is cause for celebration. Along the High Line, you'll find a variety of winter-blooming (!) trees and shrubs, like witch hazel pictured above, as well as a number of evergreen and fruit-bearing trees and shrubs. Discover more plants to look out for in our monthly bloom list.

4) You Can Have the High Line All to Yourself

If you're a brave, cold-loving kind of person, you can have the High Line all to yourself on those days where everyone else is scared to leave the warmth of their beds. And, as an added motivation, clear, cold days are some of the most beautiful.

5) Enjoy the "Winter Garden"

The High Line's gardens were designed by master plantsman Piet Oudolf to be four-season, meaning our gardeners are gardening with the winter garden in mind, too. Winter is the perfect time to appreciate the garden's "skeleton"—that architectural aspect of dried grasses, seed heads, and bare branches. Some plants like our coneflowers—pictured above—are equally beautiful in winter as they are in summer.

6) You Can See Another Side of the Art

Photo by Steven Severinghaus

Just as the garden is designed to stay beautiful through the seasons, the art is curated with four seasons in mind. Throughout the year, you'll see plants grow up around (and even over) the artworks. In winter, snow and the dying back of plants creates a whole new experience. In our photo here, Matt Johnson's sculpture Untitled (Swan) appears dusted with a freshly fallen snow.

We hope to see you this winter! And if you come following a snowfall, don't forget to thank our hardworking operations staff who arrive at the crack of dawn (or conversely stay after hours) to clear snow by hand to make the park safe for you to enjoy!

Photo by Timothy Schenck


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