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Erika Harvey
Photos by (left and upper right) Rowa Lee and (lower right) Juan Valentin

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the High Line. We’ve been so busy with recovery from Hurricane Sandy that we haven’t yet had a chance to share photos and stories from our favorite fall community event: Haunted High Line Halloween.

On Saturday, October 27, hundreds of families brought their Halloween spirit to the High Line for a spooky scavenger hunt, tasty treats, a dress-up photo booth, a pop-up pumpkin patch, face painting, live jazz and swing music, and more.

Join us after the jump for more photos and details about the event.

Kate Lindquist
Chelsea GrasslandsThis photograph was taken the day after the hurricane, and shows how the High Line’s plantings escaped major damage. Photo by Melissa Mansur

This week, as many visitors came to the High Line to seek a respite from the storm flooding and power outages, we were often asked how the landscape managed to escape harm from Hurricane Sandy and the subsequent snow storm.

Given the magnitude of the hurricane, it was inevitable that the High Line would sustain some damage. Like many other buildings along Manhattan’s West Side, saltwater flooding during the storm surge damaged the park’s underground utility connections, but fortunately the vast majority of the High Line’s plantings are intact.

As you can see in the above photograph, which was taken the day after Hurricane Sandy, the High Line’s landscape is in great shape following the severe weather. With the exception of a handful of small, uprooted trees, all the along the park you see a thriving landscape with autumnal blooms, grasses gone to seed, and the last of the season’s fall foliage.

Follow us after the jump to learn more about the park’s landscape, and view more recent photos of the plantings.

Ashley Tickle
A view of West 22nd Street the morning after Hurricane Sandy. Photo courtesy Friends of the High Line.

Last week New York City was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, leaving much of West Chelsea under several feet of water. Follow us after the jump to learn more about the storm’s impact on High Line Art and the art community on Manhattan’s West Side.

Kate Lindquist
The High Line will reopen on Monday, November 5 and operate on a limited schedule until further notice. Photo by Melissa Mansur

We have wonderful news to share. After being closed for a week due to severe weather and flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy, the High Line will reopen on Monday, November 5, 2012.

We are relieved that the High Line's plantings, design features, and artworks are in great shape following the storm. However, due to significant damage to some of the park’s utility connections, the High Line will be operating on a temporary schedule. Until further notice, the park will be open daily between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

Follow us after the jump to learn more and get important park updates.

Kate Lindquist
The High Line remains closed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Today, many public parks in New York City are reopening after unprecedented closures following Hurricane Sandy. We are very eager to reopen the High Line, but there is important work we must first do to ensure it is safe and ready for visitors.

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

Kate Lindquist
Video still from our version of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" in honor of our outgoing Chief Operating Officer Melissa Fisher.

Yes, we know summer is over. And yes, we know we are late to the game. We just couldn't resist letting this opportunity pass us by. Recreating Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" with our staff at Friends of the High Line was the perfect send-off for Melissa Fisher, our outgoing Chief Operating Officer, who ends her 4.5-year tenure at the High Line next week.

Follow us after the jump to watch our fabulous version of the song. Be sure to watch out for the cameo by our always-inspiring Co-Founders Joshua David and Robert Hammond toward the middle of the video!

Kate Lindquist
High Line TalksPumpkins, spiders, and spooky skeletons adorn the engine of the High Line Ghost Train, a giant puppet made by local public school students. Photo by Joan Garvin

Later today, we’re joining local elementary school students from Public Schools 3, 11, and 33 for the second annual Halloween Parade on the High Line.

Leading the spooky procession will be the High Line Ghost Train, a giant puppet made by the students over the past month as part of the High Line Teaching Artist Halloween Program, an education initiative sponsored by AT&T.

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

Kate Lindquist
High Line TalksPlans are in the works to turn New Orleans’ Lafitte Corridor into public open space. Photo by Jackson Hill Photography

Leaders and thinkers in Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and other cities are pioneering adaptive reuse projects, and they’re pointing to the High Line as an example of how to make it work.

Some call them copycat projects, but their approach is more nuanced. They are taking inspiration from the unique context and history in their own neighborhoods and finding ways to use it to their advantage as they reinvent and open old infrastructure and out-of-use spaces to the public.

You can find good examples of this type of creative thinking in New Orleans, where designers, grassroots organizations, and civic leaders are joining together to pursue new green adaptive reuse projects that coexist with water.

Follow us after to watch the video and view photos from a talk on the High Line earlier this month about the Crescent City.

Kate Lindquist
Social Soup GridMore than 250 neighbors joined us for a communal meal on the High Line on Saturday, October 22, 2012. Large photo by Scott Lynch. Soup photo by Jenna Saraco. Remaining photos by Sari Goodfriend

This special blog post comes to you from Ana Nicole Rodriguez, a High Line neighbor who grew up in West Chelsea and now works as an editorial intern for Food Arts Magazine. We invited Nicole to join us last weekend to document the second annual Social Soup Experiment on the High Line, an event presented by Friends of the High Line as part of High Line Food, a program that brings interesting, sustainable food to the High Line.

What is a park if not a space in which to bring people together?

That community sentiment, along with a focus on seasonality and local food sourcing, is precisely what inspired this year’s Social Soup Experiment. Dining need not exceed the simplicity of wholesome ingredients and smiling faces. A large spoon, two long wooden tables decorated with apples, and a group of more than 250 hungry neighbors is all you need to make the High Line’s “restaurant without walls” possible.