The High Line Blog

  • 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
  • Plant of the Week: Bottlebrush buckeye

    It's not surprising when one says that flowers are the most prominent feature of plants. Flowers allure us with their delicate forms, vibrant colors and sweet scents. However, many plants also produce attractive fruit. These fruit appear after the bloom, displaying the plant's essential qualit... read more
  • Gardening in the Sky: Nightmare on Elm Trees

    Nothing scares gardeners more than the threat of invasive pathogens and insect pests. Over the last century many of America's most beloved, as well as ecologically and economically important, trees have been seriously impacted by the accidental introduction of foreign organisms. Dutch elm dise... read more
  • Top 5 Reasons to Bring Your Family to Haunted High Line

    Illustration by Carla Torres Come in costume to explore the Haunted High Line on Saturday, October 29, where ghost trains loom, hero cowboys rule, and child activists help to change their city. Meet ghosts from the West Side's industrial past, create frightful art in the Deadl... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Full moon tickseed

    With autumn beginning to set in, we are savoring the last of the summer flowers still in bloom. One of the most eye-catching at the moment is Coreopsis 'Full Moon'. Like the Solidago caesia, Coreopsis 'Full Moon' is a member of the Aster family.Photo by Ayinde ListhropThe delicate, three inch ... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Azure blue sage

    October is one of the best months to enjoy New York City since it's the time of year when we transition from hot summer weather to crisp fall days. Daylight is getting shorter, students are back in school, and the whole city is humming with activity. It's also a particularly beautiful time on ... read more
  • La Sonrisa: Elote Empanadas Recipe

    High Line vendor La Sonrisa is known for their homemade empanadas, made with recipes from the owner's grandmother. Visit them on the High Line at West 15th Street, or create your own Elote or sweet corn & cotija empanadas using their special recipe:Ingredients○ Corn on the cob (4 ears)○ Unsal... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Blue stem goldenrod

    The changing of seasons always brings new anticipation and excitement. At the High Line, the transition from summer to fall is distinctive. Many wildflowers reveal their different looks with fruits and seed heads after the bloom and the prairie grasses reach their prime. It's also a time when ... read more
  • Celebrating the Chelsea Grasslands: Highlights

    Throughout September, we have celebrated the Chelsea Grasslands – a special area of the park between West 18th and West 20th Streets that was inspired by the tallgrass prairie of the American Midwest. Through themed tours, family programming, social media, blog posts, food, and a panel featuri... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Compass plant

    During September, Friends of the High Line is celebrating the Chelsea Grasslands – a special area of the park between West 18th and West 20th Streets that was inspired by the tallgrass prairie of the American Midwest. As part of the celebration, we're featuring plants and trees from the Grassl... read more