The High Line Blog

  • Ye Olde High Line

    The High Line at 12th Avenue. Most of the available photographic history of the High Line comes from the images we've been able to accumulate over the years through research and help from interested parties. Though there aren't many, these images serve as an incredible visual link to the High... read more
  • West Side Cowboys in Literature

    A West Side Cowboy. Friends of the High Line supporter Flo Muller was kind enough to point out a fascinating description of the days before the High Line, filled with cowboys and trains on the streets of Manhattan, in Mario Puzo’s book The Fortunate Pilgrim; "Larry Angeluzzi spurred his jet... read more
  • Urbanized Now Playing at the IFC Center

    Designers, architects, engineers, and planning nerds like us will appreciate A.O. Scott’s review of Gary Hustwit’s new film, Urbanized in today’s New York Times. “Like a really good class taught by a team of enthusiastic professors, Urbanized supplies grist for many late-night arguments or... read more
  • The Wild, Wild West Side: The Dangerous Past of 10th and 11th Avenues

    Not just an urban legend, West Side Cowboys rode in front of trains to warn pedestrians and traffic of the oncoming rail. Photo courtesy of Kalmbach Publishing Company.  It’s hard to imagine that beneath the calm refuge that is now the High Line there once laid a street so chaotic that it... read more
  • The West Side Cowboys of Death Avenue

    The wardens of Death Avenue, working tirelessly to ensure the safety of the people on the street, were none other than the West Side Cowboys. (Although some clearly didn't heed the warnings.) Photographer unknown Before the High Line became the park in the sky, before it was abandoned, before... read more
  • The Story Behind the Shot: An Aerial View in 2011

    In celebration of our new 18-month High Line Calendar, we’re exploring each month’s featured image to bring you more of the behind-the-scenes details. Renowned architectural photographer Iwan Baan captured this iconic High Line aerial photograph around the time of the opening of the second se... read more
  • The Buildings that Host the High Line

    Looking north into the Chelsea Market Passage, the former site of the Nabisco building, at dawn. Photo by Andrew Frasz First-time High Line visitors may wonder: Does this park run into that building? Does this park go through that building? The High Line does, in fact, run through a handful ... read more
  • Story Behind the Shot: West Side Improvement Project

    In celebration of our new 18-month High Line Calendar, we’re exploring each month’s featured image to bring you more of the behind-the-scenes details. In 1934, the initial stage of the West Side Improvement Project was completed: a shining new elevated viaduct was unveiled, connecting New Yo... read more
  • Story Behind the Shot: Twilight at the Rail Yards

    In celebration of our new 18-month High Line Calendar, we’re exploring each month’s featured image to bring you more of the behind-the-scenes details. Photographer Barry Munger captured this dreamy shot of the High Line at the Rail Yards in the summer of 2007, nearly two years before the fi... read more
  • San Francisco's Own "Death Avenue"

    Market Street, San Francisco. A friend working on Chicago's Bloomingdale Trail linked us to this beautiful video of a turn-of-the-century ride down Market Street in San Francisco, California. The original film, uncovered by film historian David Kiehn, and also available on YouTube (we prefer ... read more