The High Line Blog

  • Join Us at the Opening of Chalk Shoes to the High Line

    Tomorrow night at the Leo Kesting Gallery, we will fete the opening of Chalk Shoes to the High Line, a show documenting the April 16 performance led by artist Julia Mandle that featured 60 8th-graders from the Lab School in Chelsea.  The students donned shoes made from green chalk and scuffed l... read more
  • From Rinses to Retail, Chelsea Car Wash Makes its Exit

    As many Chelsea dwellers, West Side Highway & Hudson River Park commuters, taxi drivers, and car wash enthusiasts may have noticed, the distinctive red Chelsea Car Wash sign has disappeared. It was removed from where it was attached to the High Line about a month ago with little fanfare. In th... read more
  • It's Official: MTA/Tishman Speyer Talks are Dead

    After a last-ditch effort to get their West Side Rail Yards negotiations back on track after Thursday's announcement, Tishman Speyer was unable to sway the MTA. The MTA's statement today was short and sweet. In its entirety: "The MTA met today with Tishman Speyer. Despite the best efforts of bot... read more
  • Breaking: Tishman Speyer Rail Yards Deal Falls Through

    Negotiations between the MTA and Tishman Speyer have collapsed, according to the MTA, following a request from the developer to change the terms under which the project would be financed, as well as the project schedule. An agreement on the 26-acre site could not be reached. Tishman Speyer was... read more
  • I Sketched the High Line

    ... And so can you! There are still a few spots remaining for the remaining Sketching the High Line classes with artist Ann DeVere. Last Saturday was the first class, and it was a really wonderful experience. Ann led us through a series of warm-up exercises to get our creative juices flowing, ... read more
  • Photo of the Week: Jonathan Flaum

    Photo by Jonathan Flaum.    Jonathan Flaum's High Line series is one of our favorites. He took this shot of pigeons and the Church of the Guardian Angel in 2005, before construction on the High Line had begun.  Check out his Web site for more High Line pics. Previous Photo of the Week read more
  • Where Pigeons Go to Die

    I was cleaning out photos on my cell phone and found this picture of a bird skeleton on the balast at the rail yards. Actually, there are few pigeons, and virtually no rats or mice on the High Line. The reason? There are no people up there to feed them garbage. read more
  • Gangs of Hell's Kitchen

    The indispensable WPA Guide to New York City -- a neighborhood-by-neighborhood survey from the the 1930's Federal Writer's Project -- is one of my favorite sources of NYC nerdistry. The chapter on Hell's Kitchen reveals some of the colorful characters that once inhabited the area around the Wes... read more
  • Moving Day!

      According to Gmap Pedometer, we are moving 0.4628 miles. We will pass under the High Line 3 times on the way. Do YOU want to rent our old office? read more
  • Don't Miss Your Chance to Sketch the High Line

      There are just a few spots left for our weekend sketching classes on the rail yards section of the High Line this month!  The classes will be led by fantastic artist and printmaker Ann deVere, and all art supplies will be provided.  No innate drawing talent or prior experience is required... read more