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Author: 
Kate Lindquist
The rail yards section will extend the High Line’s distinct design vocabulary established south of West 30th Street, evoking the High Line’s history as an active freight rail line, and the unique self-seeded landscape that grew between the tracks when the trains stopped running in the 1980s.
 

We have made major advances at the rail yards this summer.

Last week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Speaker Christine Quinn announced that the City of New York has acquired the High Line at the rail yards from CSX Transportation, Inc., bringing us one step closer toward starting construction. Our next steps are fundraising to pay for transforming the rail yards section into a public park, and collaborating on the design with our City partners and the team of James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf.

Last night we presented the latest design renderings at community input meeting, where more than 200 supporters joined us to share feedback and ask questions.

Follow us after the jump to view some of the new design renderings.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
The Neches River mallow is currently a candidate for the US’ Endangered Species List. This beautiful plant only occurs naturally in three wetlands in eastern Texas.
 

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 — 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
On Wednesday, we invited kids and their caretakers to release butterflies into the park’s planting beds, and watch as they spread their wings to take their first flight. Photo by Rowa Lee
 

Author: 
Kate Lindquist
presentationThe news marks an important point in the history of the High Line. This elevated railway viaduct, originally built in 1934 to carry freight trains, is now entirely owned by the City of New York and poised to be fully transformed into a one-of-a-kind public space. Photo by Barry Munger
 

We have exciting news to share with you.

The City of New York has acquired the title to the third and final section of the High Line from CSX Transportation, Inc. The transfer of ownership paves the way to begin construction so that the last stretch can open to the public one day soon.

Follow us after the jump to read about what this means for the High Line.
Author: 
Erika Harvey
This summer we’re unveiling new High Line merchandise, including engineer caps for adults and kids that pay tribute to the High Line’s railway history.
 

We’ve designed an entire line of new High Line merchandise, and it is now available in the High Line Web Shop and at the High Line Merchandise & Membership Cart, which is open every Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on the High Line at West 16th Street.

The new merchandise celebrates the High Line’s plantings, innovative design, and history as a railway with vibrant photographs and unique graphics. Featured images include trains on the High Line, West Side Cowboys, some of your favorite summer blooms, and incredible scenic views of the park. You’ll also find brand-new High Line gear – from engineer caps to notebooks – allowing you to show your support of the park in style.

Join us after the jump for a look at the new merchandise.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
Visitors interact with the Project Runway installation on the High Line this past Tuesday. Photo by Liz Ligon.
 

Author: 
Erika Harvey
Roosevelt Park sits in front of Michigan Central Station, the old railway station that seen a train in over two decades. Leaders from the Roosevelt Park Conservancy, the organization that is implementing capital improvements and developing a master plan for the site, will be at the High Line on Monday, July 23 to talk about public spaces in Detroit. Photo by David Schalliol.
 

The High Line gets a lot of attention, but it is one of many examples of officials, advocates, and community leaders joining together to transform out-of-use infrastructure into public space.

Beyond the High Line is a new series of free public talks bringing some of the country’s most innovative thinkers to the High Line to present their big ideas and talk about the latest updates. The series debuted in June, with a talk about Chicago’s Bloomingdale Trail (WATCH THE VIDEO), and continues on Monday, July 23 with a focus on new and revived public spaces in Detroit. Join us to talk with leaders from the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and the Roosevelt Park Conservancy, and enjoy a reception with Coney Dogs and Motown music.

Follow us after the jump for photos and video from the Chicago talk.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
Joshua David, Anisa Kamadoli Costa, Mayor Bloomberg, Michael J. Kowaski, and Fernanda M. Kellogg gathered on the High Line to dedicate the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Overlook. Photo by Nicholas Hunt / PatrickMcMullan.com
 

On Tuesday, Mayor Bloomberg visited the High Line to commemorate the naming of one of the park’s best-loved design features. The newly dedicated Tiffany & Co. Foundation Overlook, at the southern end of the High Line, forms a glass-walled balcony over the city streets below. The cut of the structure, created when a portion of the High Line was demolished in 1991, allows visitors to see the High Line’s structural framework and views of Greenwich Village, the Meatpacking District, and the Hudson River.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
Near the 23rd Street Lawn, the High Line’s Abbeville Blue chaste trees are in bloom with distinctive lavender-blue flowers.
 

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 — 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
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Melissa Fisher, Chief Operating Officer at Friends of the High Line, will be moving on from New York City with her husband later this year. Photo by Barry Munger
 

We have some bittersweet news to share with you. Later this year, Melissa Fisher, our Chief Operating Officer, will be moving on from Friends of the High Line when she and her husband will be undertaking a unique land development opportunity in Virginia.

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