The High Line Blog

  • Field Trip: A Look at Philadelphia's Reading Viaduct

    Friends of the High Line staff take a tour of the Reading Viaduct with members of the non-profit group dedicated to creating a public park in the space, Viaduct Greene. Photo by Rick Darke.  New York City is not the only urban center in the United States with an elevated railway like the H... read more
  • High Line is Haunted by Ghost Train Created by Kids

    Before it was transformed into a public park, the High Line carried freight trains to and from the warehouses and factories along Manhattan’s West Side. Today, the High Line serves as a tool to teach kids about the city’s industrial history.  Halloween Hi-Jinks on the High Line is one of ... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Friday Video! 1950s Promo Video from NY Central RR

    From the Prelinger Archive, an endlessly fascinating collection of historical videos, images, and documents in the public domain, we've extracted this true gem of railroad history. It's in two parts -- a bit on the long side at nearly 28 minutes, but totally worth it. What else are you doi... read more
  • Ed Devlin, Former New York Central Railroad Worker

    Ed Devlin, on his wedding day in 1950, and working at the Metropolitan Museum in 2009  We were recently lucky enough to speak with a former New York Central Railroad employee named Ed Devlin. Sixty years ago, Ed worked at the rail yards that fed onto the High Line when it was part of a wor... read more
  • High Line Regular Tommy Flamer

      Friends of the High Line staff have known neighborhood resident Tommy Flamer for a long time. Before Section 1 opened, Tommy was a fixture at all of our Rail Yards hearings, community meetings, and public programs. We would often spot him walking underneath the High Line, looking up.  Al... read more
  • 1948 Aerial Photo

    The West Side, from about West 15th Street to West 10th Street. Courtesy Nick Jones.  High Line supporter Nick Jones recently sent this great aerial shot our way. He tells us it was taken in 1948, and that the aircraft  (from left to right a Stinson SR-10, Grumman Widgeon, and Grumman Goos... read more