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Author: 
Erika Harvey
Below The Standard, New York, dancers in boldly colored costumes do acrobatic kicks as part of Half-Mythical, Half-Legendary Americanism. Photo by Liz Ligon.Below The Standard, New York, dancers in boldly colored costumes do acrobatic kicks as part of Half-Mythical, Half-Legendary Americanism. Photo by Liz Ligon.
 
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On November 12 and 14, visitors gathered to watch dancers in brightly colored costumes jump, run, kick, and cartwheel along the High Line as part of Half-Mythical, Half-Legendary Americanism, a new dance-theater work by Tyler Ashley and the SARAHS.

Author: 
Kate Lindquist
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Fall on the High Line.Fall foliage near the Falcone Flyover, on the High Line at West 25th Street. Photo by Joan Garvin.
 

This week we celebrate Thanksgiving at the High Line. Thank you for supporting us do all of the things we do to keep the park thriving. We have much to be thankful for this year.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
Senator Tom Duane, here with Chelsea Garden Club members in front of a volunteer's handiwork at 25th & Ninth Avenue, championed the pit gardens and got the green light to plant in the bike-lane tree pits.Senator Tom Duane, here with Chelsea Garden Club members in front of a volunteer's handiwork at 25th & Ninth Avenue, championed the pit gardens and got the green light to plant in the bike-lane tree pits.
 

We would like to give a shout out to our friends at the Chelsea Garden Club.

These hard-working volunteers have adopted the tree pits along 8th and 9th Avenues and transformed them into mini-gardens filled with beautiful flowers, grasses, and shrubs.

Author: 
Kate Lindquist
The southern terminus of the High Line overlooks the construction site for the new downtown location of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the High Line Headquarters.The southern terminus of the High Line overlooks the construction site for the new downtown location of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the High Line Headquarters.
 

Near the High Line’s southern terminus, crews are hard at work preparing to pour the foundations for the new downtown location of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the High Line Headquarters, which will provide critical support to the maintenance and operations of the High Line.

Follow us after the jump to watch a preview video of the museum, view photos of the construction, and learn more about the new High Line Headquarters.

Author: 
Kate Lindquist
Friends of the High Line staff take a tour of the Reading Viaduct with members of the non-profit group dedicated to creating a public park in the space, Viaduct Greene. Photo by Rick Darke.Friends of the High Line staff take a tour of the Reading Viaduct with members of the non-profit group dedicated to creating a public park in the space, Viaduct Greene. Photo by Rick Darke.
 

New York City is not the only urban center in the United States with an elevated railway like the High Line.

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In Philadelphia, an old freight and passenger rail line called the Reading Viaduct winds above the streets and between buildings just north of the city’s center. Just like the High Line, the trains stopped running decades ago, and since then nature has taken over the tracks. The self-seeded landscape has inspired some local residents to join together to advocate for the historic structure to be transformed into public open space.

We took a field trip to Philadelphia on October 20 to walk the line, observe the wild landscape, and share ideas with Paul vanMeter and Liz Maillie of Viaduct Greene, the non-profit dedicated to creating a new public park on the structure. Follow us after the jump for photos and more.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
Emily and KidsBefore it was transformed into a public park, the High Line carried freight trains to and from the warehouses and factories along Manhattan’s West Side. Today, the High Line serves as a tool to teach kids about the city’s industrial history.
 

Halloween Hi-Jinks on the High Line is one of several educational initiatives to strengthen our partnerships with the neighborhood public schools, and teach kids about the High Line through fun, interactive, hands-on activities.

WATCH VIDEO: New York City News Service covered the event. Check out their news video.

We would like to thank the following organizations for supporting our partnerships with local public schools: the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, with additional support from the Altman Foundation; The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston; The Concordia Foundation; The Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation; and, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Follow us after the jump for a photo tour of the project.

Author: 
Kate Lindquist


Ever find yourself on the phone or writing an email trying to explain a specific spot or vantage point on the High Line?

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

And that is why your life just got a lot easier thanks to Google Street View, which now features the High Line, allowing you to plan your visit, take a virtual stroll, and explore the park in a whole new way.

Author: 
Kate Lindquist
Colicchio and SonsHigh Line supporters enjoyed a walk-around tasting dinner featuring acclaimed chefs from the neighborhood. Photo by Patrick McMullan.
 

We would like to extend a special thank you to Tom Colicchio, Chef/Owner of Colicchio & Sons, and the talented chefs from the restaurants along the High Line who participated in this year's High Line Chefs Dinner.

The High Line Chefs Dinner is an annual special event that helps raise crucial funding to support the ongoing maintenance and operations of the High Line. This year's event took place on Sunday, October 23. The evening began on the High Line, where guests enjoyed sunset cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The festivities then moved off the High Line to Colicchio & Sons, where more than 250 guests enjoyed cocktails and innovative small plates during a walk-around dinner.

Author: 
Kate Lindquist


Designers, architects, engineers, and planning nerds like us will appreciate A.O. Scott’s review of Gary Hustwit’s new film, Urbanized in today’s New York Times.

“Like a really good class taught by a team of enthusiastic professors, Urbanized supplies grist for many late-night arguments or solitary ruminations. It is worth venturing out of your room, climbing on your bike or boarding a low-emissions bus and fighting your way through a crowd to see.”

Author: 
Kate Lindquist
 

It is the question we are asked most often by visitors on the High Line: what is happening with the final section of the High Line just beyond the construction fence at West 30th Street?

Representing one-half mile of the entire historic freight rail structure, the High Line at the West Side Rail Yards wraps around an incredibly complicated development site. It has working rail yard filled with LIRR trains, plans for the city’s largest real estate project in decades, and multiple stakeholders from the public and private sectors, all of whom have unique needs.

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