The High Line Blog

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    Portal to the Past: The History of Pier 54

    Hudson River Park’s Pier 54, located off 11 th Avenue. Photo by Liz Ligon A skeletal steel archway adorned with ghostly lettering across its central beam stands at the entrance to the vacant Pier 54 in New York’s harbor. Currently a gateway to an expanse of concrete, the arch once exis... read more
  • Photo of the Week: A New York Times Article, Two Residents, and a Historic Community Board Meeting

    Friends of the High Line Co-founders Joshua David (left) and Robert Hammond (right) on the Rail Yards section of the High Line in 2001. Photo by Joel Sternfeld, courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York On this day 15 years ago, an article on the High Line ran in the New York Times.... read more
  • Photo of the Week: A Piece of History

    If you’ve walked to the High Line’s southernmost tip, you’ve likely noticed the abrupt – yet visually captivating – way the park ends. Long ago, during the years that freight trains still chugged along these elevated tracks, the High Line cut a straight path all the way down to St.... read more
  • Photo of the Week: A Look Back

    Joel Sternfeld, Fallen Billboard, November 2000. Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York. "As soon as Joel saw it, he took me aside and said, 'I want to do this. Don’t let anyone else up here for a year. I will give you beautiful photos.'" – High Line Co-Founder Ro... read more
  • Looking Back at 15 Years of the High Line

    High Line B&W 15, November 2001, by Jonathan Flaum This year the High Line celebrates three important milestones: the 15th anniversary of the founding of Friends of the High Line, the fifth anniversary of the opening of the first section of the park, and the opening of the third and north... read more
  • Celebrating Five Years of the High Line

    Elected officials, supporters, and students from P.S. 11 joined in a ribbon-cutting to mark the opening of Section 1 of the High Line in 2009. Photo by Patrick McMullan   June 9, 2009 – five years ago – was a magical day for anyone involved with the High Line. From the tim... read more
  • Discovering New York City's Rich Railroad History at the Williamson Library

    Michael Vitiello examines a book of old West Side Line (a.k.a. the High Line) advertisements in the Williamson Library. Photo by Friends of the High Line  On the wall of Michael Vitiello’s office, hidden in the upper levels of Grand Central Terminal, hangs a bronzed fedora. It belonged to P... read more
  • Photo of the Week: Heading to Market

    In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Gansevoort Farmers’ Market was one of the area’s primary sources for fresh produce. This image circa 1907 shows a birds-eye view of the hundreds of vendors gathered at the marketplace between Gansevoort and Washington Streets, decades before the High Line wa... read more
  • Fifteen Years of High Line Memories

    Co-Founder Robert Hammond will be stepping down at the end of 2013 after nearly fifteen years of leadership at Friends of the High Line. He leaves behind a legacy that extends far beyond the mile-and-a-half of the High Line. Robert’s creative vision, entrepreneurial spirit, and irreverent appro... 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 ... read more