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Park Update: Crews have cleared the High Line's paths, and the park is open to the public between Gansevoort and 30th Streets. We are working to open the remainder of the park as soon as possible. Please check back or follow @highlinenyc on Twitter for updates.

The High Line Blog

  • Plant of the Week: Hoary Skullcap

    Tucked away in the northernmost section of the High Line, this native wildflower puts on a stunning display in the mid-to late summer months. Blooming effervescently with its pale lavender and deep purple flowers, Scutellaria incana, common name hoary skullcap, consistently attracts a wide v... read more
  • Make It Rooted!: Q&A with Abya Yala Arte y Cultura

    On Saturday, July 29, families are invited to join us for Make It Rooted!, the latest in our Make It! festival series. Create, listen, build, and learn as a family through stories, art, nature, and design! Each month we explore new themes with interactive activities for children and their care... read more
  • Out of Line: Q&A with Janani Balasubramanian

    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. Janani Balasubramanian is a writer of speculative fiction whose art and editorial work has been featured in The New Yorke... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Wild Spurge

    Euphorbia corollata is one of three kinds of Euphorbia that you can find on the High Line. It's a small herbaceous perennial that features tall slender stems, alternate leaves and dainty looking flowers. In the wild, Euphorbia corollata can be found growing in the woods and fields of the Unit... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Mexican Hat

    Many people think the High Line that exists today is "natural", exactly like it was when it was when the rail track was abandoned in the 1980's. In fact, almost every bit of the High Line was planted according to our master plan. However, the design is not set in stone. Piet Oudolf wants his c... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Swamp Azalea

    There are two Rhododendron species represented in the High Line collection, both located in the Flyover woodland garden. The swamp azalea, Rhododendron viscosum, is in full, fragrant bloom. It is an openly branched shrub that grows up to 12 feet tall, but on average maxes at 5 feet. The lea... read more
  • 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