The High Line Blog

  • 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
  • Plant of the Week: Purple Milkweed

    In addition to being an important crop, purple milkweed (Asclepias purpurascens) is a particularly handsome plant. 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... read more
  • The First Five Years of High Line Art

    An installation view of Carol Bove's High Line Commission Caterpillar installed on the High Line at the Rail Yards in 2013. Photo by Timothy Schenck. Friends of the High Line founded High Line Art in 2009 with the opening of the first section of the High Line. The mission of High Line Art is ... read more
  • Photo of the Week: A Look Back

    Joel Sternfeld, Fallen Billboard, November 2000. Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York. "As soon as Joel saw it, he took me aside and said, 'I want to do this. Don’t let anyone else up here for a year. I will give you beautiful photos.'" – High Line Co-Founder Ro... read more
  • The Power of Programming

    High Line Educator Karen Lew Biney-Amissah makes history fun for a group of students. Photo by Rowa Lee Long before the High Line was a forgone conclusion, Friends of the High Line staff learned a valuable lesson about the power of programming from our very first landlords. In 2002, Josh Davi... read more
  • Melt-ing Our Hearts

    Julian Plyter of Melt Bakery talks with High Line visitors. Photo by Armando Rafael Photography Melt Bakery was one of the first vendors selected for the High Line Food program, and Melt's decadent, locally sourced ice-cream sandwiches have become park staples. As part of our High Line anniversa... read more
  • How the High Line Gardeners Keep It Wild

    The wild legacy of the High Line's landscape is on full display in the summer, when the planting beds are a frenzy of green . Photo by Beverly Israely The High Line was made by nature when the trains stopped running, and designer Piet Oudolf and the landscape architects of James Corner Field Op... read more
  • Looking Back at 15 Years of the High Line

    High Line B&W 15, November 2001, by Jonathan Flaum This year the High Line celebrates three important milestones: the 15th anniversary of the founding of Friends of the High Line, the fifth anniversary of the opening of the first section of the park, and the opening of the third and north... read more
  • Celebrating Five Years of the High Line

    Elected officials, supporters, and students from P.S. 11 joined in a ribbon-cutting to mark the opening of Section 1 of the High Line in 2009. Photo by Patrick McMullan   June 9, 2009 – five years ago – was a magical day for anyone involved with the High Line. From the tim... read more