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kaspar watering holeHigh Line gardener Kaspar Wittlinger watering the grasses just south of the Standard Hotel.
Photo by Auzelle Epeneter.
 
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1948The West Side, from about West 15th Street to West 10th Street. Courtesy Nick Jones.
 

High Line supporter Nick Jones recently sent this great aerial shot our way. He tells us it was taken in 1948, and that the aircraft  (from left to right a Stinson SR-10, Grumman Widgeon, and Grumman Goose) are all NYPD planes.

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flagsPlant flags in the Gansevoort Woodland. Photo by Auzelle Epeneter.
 

If you've visited the High Line recently, you've probably noticed planting areas marked with red and blue flags.  We've been getting a lot of questions about them.  Their purpose is simple – not for marking pesticides; not for quarantine; not for targeting removal – we're doing an inventory.

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flowersVia Josiah Lau's Flickr
 

If the 5:00 darkness is making you want to crawl into bed until April, it may be time for a walk on the High Line, where the colorful blooms and fall foliage are still going strong!

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flowersRescued American Woodcock.
 

This fancy bird, a migratory American Woodcock, was rescued by High Line gardener and bird enthusiast Maryanne on Friday. It was found huddled in a doorway on West 20th Street, stunned but not visibly injured -- she guessed the little guy had flown into the side of a building and had been knocked to the ground.

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the matImage from Synedoche Design
 

A group of graduate architecture students from the University of Michigan recently created this intriguing map of surface temperatures on the High Line.

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That about sums it up. To find out the latest in events, interesting High Line facts, daily happenings on the Line, and more, follow us on Twitter at highlinenyc.

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Tickets are still available for this special self-guided gallery tour of West Chelsea and SoHo, benefiting Friends of the High Line. The daylong event features a self-guided tour of 28 art galleries including James Cohan Gallery, Mary Boone Gallery, PaceWildenstein, 303 Gallery, and Zach Feuer Gallery, where you will collect stamps designed by leading artists in a limited-edition passport. In the evening, join us for a cocktail party and silent auction, including works by Jenny Holzer, Rodney Graham, Yinka Shonibare, and Nayland Blake.

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harsimus stem embankmentThe Harsimus Stem Embankment, Jersey City. Photos by Robert Hammond
 

On Sunday, Co-Founder Robert Hammond headed over to Jersey City for the Embankment Preservation Coalition's annual members and supporters meeting. He reports back on the High Line's sister project, which is just getting, well, off the ground:

"I was blown away immediately upon spotting the half-mile structure that once carried freight for the Pennsylvania Railroad.  The Embankment holds an untouched beauty, and really reminded me of the feelings I had years ago in the early days of the High Line. It's a quick PATH ride from the High Line to Jersey City, and it's another amazing opportunity for a great linear public space.  The Coalition project really needs support right now, so I urge you to check out their Web site to find out more and see what you can do.


embankmentPhoto from the Embankment's Web site, showing the view.
 

"The Embankment is six acres of space broken into six segments which were originally connected by metal bridges and are now separated by city streets. It runs west to east through a residential neighborhood, and ends overlooking the river, practically right across from the High Line. While the Embankment is much wider than the High Line, measuring 100 feet across, and considerably lower to the ground, the landscape is reminiscent of the High Line's original wilderness. When I went the fall colors were spectacular – it was an easy sell."

[After the break, more photos, and info on the future plans for the Embankment.]


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trashThe High Line's new snazzy recycling bins steal the show near the Standard Hotel.
 

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