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Author: 
Julia Boyer

Here's a special treat for your Friday afternoon: a photo recap of our first live broadcast on the High Line.

Author: 
Auzelle Epeneter
pipeGoatsbeard (Aruncus 'Horatio') in bloom. Photo by Joan Garvin.
 

Every time we walk the High Line, we overhear a park visitor marveling about how established the plants look after having a year in the park. The grasses are thicker and lusher, the flowers are blooming with more gusto — even the trees have a hearty at-home-ness about them.

"Many of the species selected for the High Line are vigorous, but the ultimate charm of a well-conceived landscapes stems from the shape it takes once it matures," said Patrick Cullina, our Vice President of Horticulture & Park Operations. "It may be hard to believe, but most of those plants were installed only one short year ago. We will continue to monitor the emerging patterns, and make refinements that will further strengthen our dynamic landscape." When High Line Planting Designer Piet Oudolf last visited the park, he, too, had enthusiastic things to say about how well the plants have taken root.

As the warm weather keeps coming, the gardens will continue to thrive. June's bloom forecast promises many spectacular days to view the High Line's ever-changing landscape. This month's bloom list (available here on our Web site) is rich with variety and intrigue. Many of the plants, like the Allegheny serviceberry pictured below, showcased a different kind of attraction earlier this year, and have now developed into a fresh sight.

Author: 
Julia Boyer
EnlargePatrick Cullina, Friends of the High Line
Vice President of Horticulture & Park
Operations.

Author: 
Kate Lindquist
Tiber Chair

One of the hallmarks of successful urban spaces all over the world is the use of movable chairs. William Whyte’s studies in The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces found that people create ownership of public space by being able to control where and how they sit. This theory was recently tested in Times Square, where the moveable chairs in the new pedestrian plaza have proven to be enormously popular.

But will the same application work in Italy? That’s what Friends of the High Line Co-Founder Robert Hammond will soon find out.

Author: 
Kate Lindquist
pipeThe High Line at Gansevoort and Washington Streets, next door to the site of the Whitney Museum's planned expansion. Photo By Iwan Baan.
 

Author: 
Auzelle Epeneter
pipeHigh Line gardeners Howard Wai and Maryanne Stubbs at work in the planting beds near 14th Street.
 
Author: 
Auzelle Epeneter
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pipeA still from "Passage of Two," shot on the High Line at the rail yards, part of the film "NY Export: Opus Jazz."
 
Author: 
Auzelle Epeneter
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pipePeter Colquhoun's Under the Standard on the High Line.
 

The High Line is increasingly becoming a place of inspiration for art-making. One of the most recent works comes from Peter Colquoun, whose landscapes of the High Line are on view right now at DietzSpace.

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