The High Line Blog

  • Gardening in the Sky: Starting From Seed

    In the last Gardening in the Sky post I discussed the horticulture team's motivation for starting a small propagation program. In addition to resolving some of the difficulties we've had with sourcing our plants locally, propagating plants helps us understand them better. Each plant has dif... read more
  • Teen Night: Look Back At It!

    "Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." -Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher Time travel with us on July 12 from 6 - 9 pm as we "look back" at the history of New York from the 60s to today -- all on the High Line! We, the Teen Arts and Culture Council... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Hay-Scented Fern

    Photo by Ayinde Listhrop Dennstaedtia punctilobula is a new addition to the High Line this year, and it already provides an immediate contribution to the park's visual aesthetic during these early summer months. With hairy yellow-green fronds, which appear radiant in the afternoon sun, it... read more
  • Behind the Bushes: The Gay History of the High Line

    In a lovely elegy for the "queer building" of 2 Columbus Circle, former New York Times architecture critic Herbert Muschamp wrote about the role gay audiences play in historic preservation and reuse, and in the collective memory of a city: The gay audience, excluded by society, has an o... read more
  • Introducing the High Line Network

    Twenty years ago, transforming an industrial relic into a public park seemed like a far-fetched idea. But by collaborating with an array of community leaders, organizations, elected officials, and supporters, we were able to create an extraordinary public space together. The High Line's success... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Walker’s Low Persian catmint

    Nepeta racemosa is an herbaceous perennial native to the Caucasus, Turkey and Iran. Purple flowers bloom on spikes from late spring through fall and are loved by hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects. Cats are also interested in this plant! The leaves and stems of Nepet... read more
  • Out of Line: Q&A with Shaun Leonardo

    Now in its second year, Out of Line presents a new set of arresting, intriguing, and playful performances by some of New York City's most exciting contemporary artists. Shaun Leonardo is a multidisciplinary artist who uses modes of self-portraiture as a means to convey the complexities of m... read more
  • What is a Family Program on the High Line?

    "I wish I could do that": the words I want to hear as an adult walks by a family program on the High Line. Family programs on the park aren't about making arts and crafts, but instead are as deeply engaging as programs designed for adults—so much so that adult passersby should be jealous. ... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Red Feather Clover

    Without the work of bees and other pollinators, we would not have fruits, nuts, berries or vegetables. But despite their importance to our very existence, many people have an irrational fear of bees. For people with an allergy, a bee sting can be serious, but for most it's merely an annoyance.... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Sweetclover

    Sweetclover, Melilotus officinalis, can be found growing on the Interim Walkway by the Western Rail Yards. It is an annual, sometimes biennial, ranging in height between two feet in poor, dry soils to eight feet tall in richer, moist soils. The leaves are in alternate arrangement on the st... read more