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Author: 
Erika Harvey
The flowers of Whitespire gray birch come in the form of “catkins,” long cylindrical compound flowers that bloom in the spring.

The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees — each chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, diversity, and seasonal variation in color and texture. Some of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are reflected in the park landscape today.

This week we share with you one of our gardeners’ current favorites.

Author: 
Jennette Mullaney
#GetBusted ContestYou can nominate and vote for a person who you would like to see commemorated in a sculpture on the High Line.

How would you like to see a sculpture of your favorite person grace the High Line?

For thousands of years, people have been erecting monuments of public figures in parks. Isn’t it time that you had a say in who was up there?

As part of Busted, High Line Art’s group exhibition of ten sculptures, we will be commissioning and producing a new work of art chosen by you—the public.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
High Line staffer Sarah enjoys a treat from High Line Food vendor La Newyorkina. Photo by Jenna Saraco

Today we celebrated the mouth-watering reopening of High Line Food!

It’s exciting to see returning and new vendors’ carts bustling with activity as delicious tacos, BBQ, gelato, popsicles, pretzels, and more are served up to hungry visitors. You may even catch some Friends of the High Line staff frequenting their lunchtime—and “ice-cream sandwich break”-time—favorites.

Plan your next lunch break on the High Line, and stop by between Little West 12th and West 16th Streets to discover our new lineup. Tweet your experience or share photos of High Line Food on Instagram by tagging @highlinenyc and #shareameal.

Read more about the 2013 High Line Food vendors.

Author: 
Ashley Tickle
Frank Benson, Human Statue (Jessie), 2011. Photo by Timothy Schenck. Courtesy of Friends of the High Line.

Spring has sprung and with it, new sculptures are sprouting up and down the High Line. Today is the first day High Line Art’s newest HIGH LINE COMMISSION, Busted, a thoughtful and often humorous group exhibition addressing the very nature of public art and monument.

Learn more about Busted after the jump.

Author: 
Jennette Mullaney
SoulCycle on the High LineMaster instructor Laurie Cole gets cyclists’ heart pumping beneath the blue lighting of the Chelsea Market Passage at West 16th Street. Photo by Liz Ligon

One hundred cyclists took part in a “cardio party” on the High Line last Thursday night, enjoying special a SoulCycle ride to benefit Friends of the High Line. In addition to gleaming rows of custom stationary bikes, SoulCycle set the mood for an inspirational workout with music by DJ Journey.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
The High Line’s spring landscape is characterized by bunches of colorful spring bulbs, like Hawera daffodils.The High Line’s spring landscape is characterized by bunches of colorful spring bulbs, like Hawera daffodils.

The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees — each chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, diversity, and seasonal variation in color and texture. Some of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are reflected in the park landscape today.

This week we share with you one of our gardeners’ current favorites.

Author: 
Jennette Mullaney
High Line Merchandise CartThe High Line’s commitment to innovative design and sustainability is reflected in each of our items. Photo by Sari Goodfriend

Now you can get those cool magnets you’ve been eyeing without having to spring for shipping. Boasting an array of new items, the High Line Shop Carts will reopen Tuesday, April 16th, at West 16th Street. We’ve extended our hours, so you can browse our postcards, tee-shirts, and other distinctive merchandise six days a week—Tuesday through Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

EnlargePaula Scher High Line Map PosterPaula Scher High Line Map Poster

Your purchase directly supports the maintenance and operation of the High Line, so each time you carry your DVF High Line Logo Tote or wear your Logo Tee, you’ll look awesome and altruistic. Adore the Paula Scher High Line Map Poster but lack the extra room in your suitcase to carry it home? Never fear—we are now able to ship your cart purchase to any domestic or international address.

Author: 
Kate Lindquist
View looking east, at 11th Avenue and West 30th Street. Before and after on the High Line at the Rail Yards. Along the straightaway between 10th and 11th Avenues, the self-seeded landscape is being removed to make way for the park’s new design features, but it will remain untouched on the western stretch of the site. There, crews will build a simple path, called the Interim Walkway, to let visitors experience the original wildscape. Photos by Timothy Schenck

Site preparation took a major step forward this month, when crews began removing soil, ballast, tracks, and debris from the High Line’s concrete deck.

Follow us after the jump to learn more and view the latest photos.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
A red-breasted American robin perches on historic rail tracks along the High Line. Photo by Juan Valentin

The signs of spring are all around us at the High Line. Trees are budding and new spring blooms are popping up daily. And, if you look carefully, there is also a renewed flurry of feathered activity returning to the park.

High Line Photographer Juan Valentin captured this photo of an American robin, Turdus migratorius, during a visit this past weekend. Most American robins migrate to warmer climates in the winter, literally flocking to Florida and Mexico, and then return north in the early spring to breed. You may catch these early risers pulling up worms from lawns, eating berries, and gathering twigs or grass for their nests.

Even if the birds are out of sight, you may recognize their distinctive call which is characterized as cheerily, cheer up, cheer up, cheerily, cheer up – a nice reminder that sunnier spring days are coming soon.

Learn more about other birds you may see at the High Line.

Author: 
Erika Harvey


Our new video series My High Line highlights the many uses of the High Line, and the people who call it their own.

The inaugural video portrait features Gammy Miller, a High Line Volunteer and long-time resident of the West Village.

Join us after the jump to discover her High Line.

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