The High Line Blog

  • Plant of the Week: Graceful Cattail

    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, adap... read more
  • Photo of the Week: Art in Summer

    Isabelle Cornaro's artwork stands amid a canopy of trees and cheery hedgenettle. Photo by Timothy Schenck The presence of High Line Art’s group exhibition Archeo changes with the seasons. In summer, as lush foliage reaches up, encircles, and even obscures parts of the artworks, the visitor’s ex... read more
  • Serving up Texas-style Barbecue on the High Line

    The recipe for Smokeline's delectable brisket sandwich has its origins in central Texas. Photo by Rebecca Hughes If you’ve been on the High Line since spring of 2013, you’ve undoubtedly seen (and smelled) SmokeLine. Delaney BBQ’s first Manhattan venture is nestled in the middle of the High Li... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Hummelo Hedgenettle

    Beautiful variations in color, from pale pink to bright violet, have appeared among the High Line’s Hummelo hedgenettle (Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’). Photo by Gene Daly The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains... read more
  • Plants of the Week: Perennial Ryegrass and Tall Fescue

    There are an amazing variety of beautiful grasses growing on the High Line. Little bluestem is an unexpected, cooling blue-green in midsummer. The flowers of purple love grass explode into airy fireworks, and then break away and float down the High Line like tumbleweeds in late summer. Switchg... read more
  • Photo of the Week: Summer Blooms

    The beauty of the High Line’s gardens is that the planting beds are an ever-changing palette of textures and colors. This time of year, as plants soak up the summer sun, their foliage seems to grow thicker and thicker each day, sometimes even reaching out into the pathway or over the railings... read more
  • Favorite Green Corps Moments of 2014

    Teen staff reflect on that day's work with High Line Educator Gahl Shottan. Photo by Rowa Lee On June 26, Friends of the High Line will celebrate the graduation of the Green Corps class of 2014 with a Garden Party. In anticipation of this year’s program coming to an end, Green Corps Leaders Be... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Foxtail Lily

    The foxtail lily, Eremurus stenophyllus, is an iconic late-spring bloom at the High Line. Photo by Friends of the High Line 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 L... read more
  • Photo of the Week: A Piece of History

    If you’ve walked to the High Line’s southernmost tip, you’ve likely noticed the abrupt – yet visually captivating – way the park ends. Long ago, during the years that freight trains still chugged along these elevated tracks, the High Line cut a straight path all the way down to St.... read more
  • New High Line Documentary Debuts June 17

    Great Museums has created a new documentary about the High Line, Elevated Thinking: The High Line in New York City. The piece details the remarkable transformation of the High Line and the people who made it possible. Elevated Thinking debuts this June on your local PBS station. New Yorker... read more