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Author: 
Kate Lindquist
During a ceremonial moment to mark the start of construction, we tossed grass and wildflower seeds onto the High Line at the Rail Yards. Some of the seeds were originally collected from the High Line before construction began on the first section of the park back in 2006. Photo by Timothy Schenck
 

Earlier today we celebrated an incredible moment in the history of the High Line.

We joined a small group of elected officials, supporters, and friends for a ceremonial groundbreaking on the third and final section of the High Line at the Rail Yards.

Follow us after the jump to see photos, design renderings, and learn more.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
Showy goldenrod gets its common name from its prolific yellow blooms which are a favorite of fall pollinators.
 

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: 
Ashley Tickle
Artist Jennifer West with her filmstrip One Mile Parkour Film. Photo by Liz Ligon
 

On Thursday, September 13th High Line Art presented One Mile Parkour Film, a day-long performance by Los Angeles-based artist Jennifer West, in which the artist and High Line staff adhered a one-mile-long filmstrip to the entire length of the High Line for one day. Visitors were invited to walk on, touch, draw, dance, and alter the filmstrip, which consisted of images filmed by West in June of locations on and around the High Line.

Check out our slideshow of images of visitors throughout the day leaving their mark on the filmstrip in a variety of fun and inventive ways.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
Visitors enjoy an evening walk along the High Line after a day of rain. Photo by Derek Wolter
 

Author: 
Erika Harvey
Join us this October for a special opportunity to explore the final section of the High Line, thanks to support from UNIQLO.
 

Mark your calendars!

The High Line’s final section at the rail yards is currently closed to visitors, but we will be opening the gates for you to explore the site during the first two weekends in October. It’s part of the 10th Annual openhousenewyork Weekend, and this year, thanks to UNIQLO, there will be two weekends of tours, and twice as many opportunities to explore the High Line at the rail yards.

Follow us after the jump to get details.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
Honey Day at the High Line featured educational activities, honey tastings, and honey products for sale, all in celebration of the industrious honeybee. Photos (clockwise from right) by Liz Ligon, Jenna Saraco, and Melissa Mansur.
 

Friends of the High Line partnered with Brooklyn Grange Farm to bring in beekeepers from the five boroughs for the first-ever Honey Day at the High Line.

Yesterday, a full afternoon of activities included an extra-special Play With Your Food session with La Newyorkina, an educational beehive, special Honey Day-themed treats from High Line Food vendors, and honey tastings from beekeepers from the five boroughs.

Join us after the jump for more photos from the event.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
This time of year Broadleaf ironweed displays beautiful purple flowers that turn to fluffy seed heads. Photo by Patrick Cullina
 

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
As a member of the High Line Youth Staff, Carla Hernández has worked with Friends of the High Line in so many capacities over the last year, from helping with our community surveying, to working alongside our gardeners during an alternative spring break program. Photo by Liz Ligon
 

High Line Youth Staff alumna Carla Hernández is moving on from Friends of the High Line to join the Clean Energy Corps, Green City Force’s full-time, six month-long service, with training and academics, and work experience in the clean energy economy.

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This is an exciting next step for Carla. Her service with Green City Force over the coming months will focus on energy efficiency and health and safety, providing valuable hands-on training for her through projects that help create a more sustainable New York City.

Learn more about Carla after the jump.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
This past Wednesday, for our first session of Play With Your Food, High Line Food vendor People’s Pops joined us to make fresh lemon shaved ice with kids. Photo by Rowa Lee
 
Author: 
Erika Harvey
Recently some of our staff – including Horticulture Foreman Johnny Linville and Administrative Assistant Shannon Scott, pictured above – took the new DVF High Line merchandise for a test run. Photo by Liz Ligon
 

We are thrilled to debut a new collection of limited-edition apparel and products Diane von Furstenberg, a long-time supporter of Friends of the High Line.

The exclusive collection features soft cotton T-shirts, notebooks, magnets, a printed scarf, a sunhat, and a canvas tote bag emblazoned with colorful illustrations and the phrase “Dreams Come True on the High Line.” These special products capture the creative energy and spirit behind making the once so-called “impossible dream” of the High Line come true, something that would not have been possible without the visionary support of Diane and her family.

We were so excited about the collection’s debut that we recently took some of the items for a test run on the High Line. Follow us after the jump to see more photos from the shoot.

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