The High Line Blog

  • Behind the Bushes: The Gay History of the High Line

    In a lovely elegy for the "queer building" of 2 Columbus Circle, former New York Times architecture critic Herbert Muschamp wrote about the role gay audiences play in historic preservation and reuse, and in the collective memory of a city: The gay audience, excluded by society, has an o... read more
  • No More Shimmering Cowboys: A Conversation with Yara Travieso

    In anticipation of Yara Travieso's Out of Line performance on June 21, we invited Ted Kerr, a Brooklyn based writer, organizer and teacher at the New School, to sit down and chat with Yara about her art, life, and the inspiration behind No More Shimmering Cowboys. Theodore (Ted) Kerr: What... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Sweetclover

    Sweetclover, Melilotus officinalis, can be found growing on the Interim Walkway by the Western Rail Yards. It is an annual, sometimes biennial, ranging in height between two feet in poor, dry soils to eight feet tall in richer, moist soils. The leaves are in alternate arrangement on the st... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Northern maidenhair fern

    Adiantum pedatum, also called northern maidenhair fern, is one of my favorite plants that you can find here on the High Line. It is a deciduous perennial plant, and like many ferns, it is in the Pteridaceae family. This fern can grow to 2.5 feet tall and 1.5 feet wide. In the wild, they are na... read more
  • Looking Back, MELT!ing Forward: A Conversation with artist James Scruggs

    In anticipation of James Scruggs' Out of Line performance on May 17, we invited Ted Kerr, a Brooklyn-based writer, organizer and teacher at the New School, to sit down and chat with James about his art, life, and inspiration for MELT!. Theodore (Ted) Kerr: Before we jump into talking about... read more
  • Celebrating Spring Ephemerals

    DISCOVER SPRING EPHEMERALS ON THE HIGH LINE For the 2018 season, the High Line is celebrating the floral character of spring. Below, we'll share insights into the curious characteristics of spring ephemerals. We also invite you to truly discover the flowers of spring through tours and activi... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Twinleaf

    Jeffersonia diphylla, also called twinleaf, can be found at the Gansevoort Woodlands and Tiffany & Company Foundation Overlook. Jeffersonia was named by the botanist Benjamin Smith Barton to honor the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, and it is in the Berberidaceae fa... read more
  • Art is in Bloom

    Spring has (finally) sprung, and art is in bloom on the High Line. Popping up this season are several exhibitions featuring an international roster of artists inspiring conversation and surprise. Pope.L, chmera, 2018. Part of Agora, a High Line Commission. On view April 2018 – March 2019... read more
  • FEED: A garden soundscape

    Experience the High Line gardens in a way you never have before. Brooklyn-based poet Tommy Pico, originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, walks you through the park, sharing whispered stories, memories, and secrets of what the gardens' microclimates evoke for him. H... read more
  • Gardening in the Sky: Survival of the... Fairest?

    Spring ephemerals are plants that emerge, bloom, produce seed, and disappear all within a matter of weeks. These plants employ fascinating survival strategies to get a jump-start on other species or to overcome tough conditions. Like other so-called "charismatic" species, many spring ephemeral... read more