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Author: 
Erika Harvey
Harlequin glorybower produces beautiful jasmine-like flowers at the end of summer and bright blue berries later in the fall.
 

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
With abundant blooms, the High Line is the perfect place for honeybees. Here one tiny winged pollinator collects nectar and pollen from the High Line’s butterfly milkweed flowers. Photo by Melissa Mansur
 

Author: 
Kate Lindquist
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High Line Supporters from the Portrait Project. Photos by Tom Kletecka
 

When you see the High Line on blogs and in the newspapers, you often read praise for the park’s innovative design, thought-provoking artworks, extraordinary views, family activities, and the many ways it has positively impacted New York City.

But like other New York City success stories, the High Line is not immune to criticism. Just last week, you may have seen a blogger’s opinion piece regrettably titled “Disney World on the Hudson” published in The New York Times.

In the days that followed the publication of the opinion piece, we were heartened to hear from many supporters, community leaders, and neighborhood residents who also took issue with the author’s opinion. Some supporters wrote letters to The New York Times; others published their opinions on their own blogs and social media.

Follow us after the jump for a sample of the letters and messages we received.

Author: 
Kate Lindquist
Erycka Montoya Pérez. Photo by Liz Ligon
 

We are pleased to introduce you to Erycka Montoya Pérez, who recently joined our team as the Community Engagement Manager, a new position created to focus on community-based initiatives, with support from the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

Author: 
Kate Lindquist
Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe is moving on to The Trust for Public Land. Photo by Tom Kletecka
 

This week Adrian Benepe, the commissioner of the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, leaves his post to join The Trust for Public Land.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
Prairie dropseed is a native grass, known for the distinct scent produced by its seed heads in the late summer. Photo by Cristina Macaya
 

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: 
Kate Lindquist
Evenings offer an opportunity to experience the park and the surrounding cityscape in a unique way. Photo by Liz Ligon
 

Author: 
AV Goodsell
Kyle Mena, who came to Friends of the High Line from the NYC Ladders for Leaders program, has spent the summer learning about the many facets of our organization. Photo by Liz Ligon
 

This week we bid farewell to Kyle Mena, our invaluable summer intern from NYC Ladders for Leaders. Kyle joined our team in July, and since then has helped complete countless tasks and projects, and provided invaluable support to our organization.

Follow us after the jump to learn more about Kyle and NYC Ladders for Leaders.

Author: 
Kate Lindquist
The vines of Major Wheeler coral honeysuckle climb up the vegetal screen between West 17th and West 18th Streets. Stop by this week to enjoy its bright red blooms. 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
A visitor relaxes with her summer reading on a High Line bench at West 24th Street. Photo by Navid Baraty
 

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