The High Line Blog

  • Plant of the Week: Dwarf fothergilla

    As the season comes to a close, the High Line becomes awash with fall color. One of my favorite plants during this time of year is Fothergilla gardenii. The combination of reds, yellows, oranges, and purples in one small shrub is a sensational sight every fall. Fothergilla gardenii is a na... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Wildfire black tupelo

    Nyssa sylvatica 'Wildfire' is a single stem tree with an attractive pyramidal shape in youth, a more rounded form in maturity, and striking foliage. Its fall colors are stunning, with oranges and reds. New growth throughout spring and summer is of a bright red, while mature leaves are a deep, ... read more
  • Gardening in the Sky: Thank You for Being a Pest

    Wasp pollinating a rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium) bloom. Many wasps also parasitize garden pests. When insects appear on a favorite plant, one's first inclination might be to grab the bottle of insecticidal soap. This isn't always the wisest response, though. Each summer on the H... read more
  • Turkeys on the High Line

    This photo from the 1950s shows a locomotive chugging along the High Line at West 30th Street. 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 t... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Eastern red cedar

    As we prepare for the inevitable arrival of winter, my thoughts settle on the birds in the park and their plans for the change of season. Although many trees lose their leaves and herbaceous perennials retreat underground, local birds manage to find resources throughout the harsh season. Junip... read more
  • Acceptance Speech from Eileen Myles

    At our Readings and Performances in response to Zoe Leonard's "I want a president" event on November 6, Eileen Myles, who ran for president in 1992, read their imagined acceptance speech for the presidency. We are pleased to share the transcript below, which originally appeared on Artforum.Photo ... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Black huckleberry

    Though the deciduous trees in the park have begun to lose their leaves, visitors can still find exceptional fall color in a few less popular, but nonetheless stunning, plants. One of these is Gaylussacia bacatta, or black huckleberry. This native shrub is found in eastern North America, ... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Allegheny serviceberry

    Though often celebrated for its spring flowers and edible summer berries, Amelanchier laevis also boasts brilliant fall color. The High Line's collection of Allegheny serviceberry trees (a common nickname) is currently at its peak color and compliment the yellowing foliage of the birch tree... read more
  • Plant of the Week: New England aster

    Although New England is famous for its tree and shrub foliage, there are many other plants there that are just as impressive in autumn. One of these plants, aster, is featured prominently on the High Line in the Wildflower Field and Chelsea Grasslands. Many asters have small blooms that are wh... read more
  • The History of "Death Avenue"

    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 once laid a street so chaotic that it was le... read more