The High Line Blog

  • A Note from Robert Hammond

    Recently, I did an interview with CityLab about a new initiative we started called the High Line Network. I encourage you to read the entire piece as it outlines, rather nicely, a lot of the hard work we're doing here at the High Line. One very small section of the article truncates a l... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Common snowdrop

    If you find yourself lucky enough to be strolling through the High Line gardens in late winter, you may notice the white nodding blooms of Galanthus nivalis, the common snowdrop. While other spring ephemerals and perennials are still slumbering away, this little bulb seems unaffected by freezi... read more
  • Gardening in the Sky: What Makes Good Habitat for Humans?

    I began my last post about bird habitats by talking about the white-throated sparrow because this is one of the animals that enriches my life and makes New York City livable for me. We tend to think about wildlife when we talk about habitat, but what about us humans? What kind of habitat do we... read more
  • High Line Magazine: Arts & Culture for All

    In my mind, the day was hot. I was walking down the street with my Chinese parents in the small Ohio town where we lived. It was the early 1970s. Perhaps we were at an intersection, waiting to cross. Perhaps we were on the way to Moore's for breakfast, where the three of us would split two... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’

    On February 2, the groundhog saw his shadow, forecasting six more weeks of winter. Not to fear, the High Line features a four season garden where something is blooming 'round the clock. Even in February, typically the coldest month of the year, visitors will find hellebores, witch hazels, and ... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Parker’s Variety fern-leaf yarrow

    There are approximately 100 yarrow species and at least three times as many cultivars in existence. On the High Line, there are two species and three cultivars, including A. filipendulina 'Parker's Variety,' also called fern-leaf yarrow, A. millefolium 'Terracota' and A. millefolium 'Walther F... read more
  • High Line Magazine: A Skyscraper On Its Side

    If the High Line ran vertically, it would easily be the tallest building in the world. Here's a new way to look at the High Line: by the numbers. Infographic by Anton Egorov. (Click image to expand) This infographic originally appeared last fall in the bi-annual High Line Magazine, which is... read more
  • Bur Oak

    Plant of the Week: Bur oak

    I last wrote about the bur oak in September, during our celebration of the Chelsea Grasslands. In that blog post, I mainly focused on the characteristics of the tree that make it a classic specimen of the tallgrass prairie. Winter is a chance to highlight different features of the native oak. The... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Giant pussy willow

    January usually marks the true beginning of winter weather here in the city. With the temperature starting to hover around freezing and lately being quite below that, it is tempting to spend more time inside planning for the next season. However, the intrepid gardener venturing through the fri... read more
  • High Line Magazine: B1G DA+A and Parks

    Data drives decisions. That's why urban planners, policy makers, designers, and engineers are increasingly using data collection, visualization, and analysis tools to inform decisions for improving the way our cities and public spaces work—especially in a megalopolis like New York. Tactics ran... read more