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Author: 
Kate Lindquist
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We are about to begin an exciting new chapter in the life of the High Line.

Friends of the High Line Co-Founder Robert Hammond today announced his intent to step down at the end of the year. Along with Co-Founder Joshua David, Robert has worked tirelessly for 14 years to build the High Line and make it into a beloved public space.

Follow us after the jump to read Robert’s letter to supporters.





Author: 
Erika Harvey
A snowman greets High Line visitors in 2011. Photo by Karen Blumberg

As we speak, snow is blanketing New York City.

High Line Maintenance and Operations staff are readying their shovels, snow brooms, and ice picks for the estimated 10–14 inches of snow that the city will be receiving in the next 24 hours. Tomorrow, while most of us are still sleeping, they will begin clearing the High Line's pathway and stairs in order to open the park to the public as soon as possible. For the first time, our staff will be joined by dedicated Snow Volunteers who will help us complete this huge task.

While snow means more work at the High Line, it also means more fun! With enough accumulation anticipated, we’ll be holding a High Line Snow Sculpt-Off tomorrow from 2:30 – 4:00 PM. Our photo of the week this week is one of our favorites from our last Snow Sculpt-Off in 2011, by High Line Photographer Karen Blumberg, showing a snowman greeting High Line visitors. Your imagination is the limit during the Snow Sculpt-Off, when adults and families compete to create snow masterpieces.

We hope you’ll join us!

Learn more about the High Line Snow Sculpt-Off.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
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Thanks to all who took part in our cover photo contest for the third edition of the High Line Map.

Follow us after the jump for details.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
A view inside the construction tent at West 30th Street, where crews are finishing the sandblasting and repainting of the High Line's steel structure. Photo by Timothy Schenck

Construction crews have finished sandblasting and painting the High Line at the Rail Yards.

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

Author: 
Erika Harvey
We need your help cutting back the High Line's plants to make way for new spring growth. Photos by Friends of the High Line
 

With snow flurries transforming our city into a winter wonderland, it’s hard to imagine that spring is right around the corner.

But the first signs of the new growing season have already arrived at the High Line. Fluffy catkins are popping out on the pussy willows. New green shoots for early spring bulbs are emerging in the planting beds. Buds are forming on the dormant shrubs.

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Join us to usher in the new season. Sign up for High Line Spring Cutback – our biggest horticultural initiative of the year.

It’s a great opportunity to get outside, have fun, and learn, all while working side-by-side with High Line Gardeners and hundreds of neighbors and friends to trim back the park’s plants to make way for new green growth.

Follow us after the jump to learn more and sign-up.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
Red Sprite winterberry produces vibrant red berries during the winter months of the year, adding color to the High Line’s winter landscape.

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: 
Erika Harvey
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High Line Photographer Oliver Rich braved the cold to capture this serene early-morning scene following a light snowfall this past Saturday.

While it wasn’t quite enough snow to call our Snow Volunteers into action or hold our much-anticipated High Line Snow Sculpt-Off, early birds were treated to a beautiful scene. The light dusting of snow blanketed the High Line’s plants, railings, and walkways and transformed the park into a veritable winter wonderland.

See more wintery photos or share your own in the High Line Flickr Pool.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
The copper string-like petals of the Jelena witch hazel blooms on the High Line. Photo by Steven Severinghaus
 

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: 
Erika Harvey
Soft dried grasses along the High Line contrast with the hard architectural lines of a neighboring building. Photo by Herve Dulongcourty
 

Author: 
Erika Harvey
Chef and owner of La Newyorkina, Fany Gerson creates frozen treats inspired by her native Mexico. Much of the equipment in her Red Hook-based kitchen was destroyed by flooding during Hurricane Sandy. Photo courtesy of La Newyorkina
 

It’s freezing cold in New York City, but the winter weather is not stopping us from dreaming about summer, a time when bergamot is blooming, bees are buzzing, and paletas are plentiful on the High Line.

Alas, we were saddened to hear that the Red Hook headquarters of La Newyorkina, one of our beloved High Line food vendors, were devastated by severe flooding during Hurricane Sandy.

Chef/owner Fany Gerson wants to rebuild the kitchen equipment, but she needs help. Follow us after the jump to learn more and watch her Kickstarter video.

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