The High Line Blog

  • 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
  • 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, befo... 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
  • 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 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
  • An Excerpt from 'Eat the City' by Robin Shulman

    From Shulman's Eat the City: “The High Line, an elevated freight line, had to be constructed from Thirty-Fourth Street down to Spring Street, cutting right inside of warehouses to make second-story meat deliveries.” In this image, the High Line runs through the former Cudahy Meatpacking plant. P... read more
  • Feeding a Growing City: Part 2

    Taken in the 1950s, this photograph shows a passenger car at West 16th Street. Around the same time this image was captured, construction was underway on the interstate highway system, which would lead to further decline in freight traffic to and from New York City. Photo by Ed Doyle  This... read more
  • Feeding a Growing City: Part 1

    As the city's population grew, congestion caused by a mix of pedestrians, motorized traffic, and street-level freight trains slowed food delivery into New York City. Photo courtesy of the Kalmbach Publishing Company  This special blog post, the first in a two-part series (see part two), wa... read more
  • Photo of the Week: A Look Back at the Rail Yards

    Construction crews work on the steel structure of the High Line on West 30th Street. Photographer Unknown When this photograph was taken in 1933, construction of the High Line, then called the New York Central Elevated Spur, was nearly complete. The elevated railway would soon be carrying freigh... read more
  • Happy Thanksgiving from Friends of the High Line

    Photo by Jim Shaughnessy  With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we’re reminded of a fun fact from the High Line’s industrial past. As legend has it, in 1980, after years of declining use, the final train chugged down the elevated railway, carrying three carloads of frozen turkeys. ... read more