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Last week, Kaspar Wittlinger (one of the High Line's gardeners, hailing all the way from Muenster, Germany – like the cheese!) showed me an interesting phenomenon happening right now: the lighting fixtures on the High Line are confusing the aromatic aster.

You'll notice in the picture above that the bright, purple blooms cover only part of the plant.  That's because aromatic aster (Aster oblongifolius) is a variety of wildflower that depends on short days and low light, and the lighting fixture installed on the rail has caused the plant to receive a seasonally abnormal amount of light.  On the rail side of the plant, it's still June!

[More photos after the jump.]

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nightFrom Don Juan Tenorio's Flickr.
 

Dreary weather in the city is an opportunity to experience the High Line in an altogether different way. If you're bold enough  to venture up despite the rain, you'll be rewarded with stillness, solitude, and strange beauty as surfaces sparkle and plant colors pop.

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As the blustery weather sets in, we all begin to long for something that will warm from the inside out.  Right now in the Chelsea Market Passage, you can find your fix in a quintessentially autumnal fashion.

Pastry Chef Erica Leahy of Craftsteak serves up fresh cinnamon-sugar donuts, hot spiced cider, and pumpkin spice muffins at their new High Line concession, "Craft Sweets."  Co-Founder Robert Hammond is addicted, saying, "I've had no desire to eat a donut since I was a kid...now I crave them."

Craft Sweets on the High Line
Open through November 12 in the Chelsea Market Passage
11:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily
[Menu of delectables after the jump]

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The Best of NYC 2009.

Hot off the presses is this year's Village Voice Best of NYC. In it, the Voice gives the High Line a big shout-out by naming it the "Best New Public Space" of 2009, calling the park "quite possibly the most relaxing spot in the city."

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Artist Spencer Finch, whose stunning The River That Flows Both Ways graces the Chelsea Market Passage on the High Line, has a solo exhibition coming up at Postmasters, his gallery in Chelsea.  Entitled The Brain–is wider than the Sky– this show will feature three new projects that continue his explorations of color, memory and light.

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Yes, you CAN see stars in New York City!

Through the end of  November join us as we team with the Amateur Astronomers Association (AAA) of New York for Astronomy on the High Line, each Tuesday at dusk. Come view the night sky using the AAA's high-powered telescopes, and get a lesson from the experts on the celestial wonders of the fall night sky.

The program takes place south of the Standard, near the Gansevoort entrance. Come gawk at the moon and Jupiter among other celestial attractions. Telescopes will be set up from dusk to 9:30 PM. In the event of a cancellation due to visibility, the AAA will update their Web site by noon on Tuesdays.

[After the jump, more photos from astronomy enthusiast Albert Dépas, taken on October 13.]

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Copyright Alex S. MacLean/Landslides Aerial Photography
 

We just received word of an exciting development at the West Side Rail Yards. The Department of City Planning has announced that the City will initiate the process to allow it to acquire the High Line above 30th Street.

The City's decision to pursue the authority to the High Line is a major step towards achieving our ultimate goals: full preservation of the historic structure north of 30th Street, including the 10th Avenue Spur, and completion of the High Line project all the way to 34th Street.

Read the full Press Release [PDF]

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pipeFelix Gonzalez-Torres Untitled (1991)
 

Recent visitors to the High Line may have noticed a billboard that has appeared on a building on 13th St., across from the Standard Hotel.  It has no text, and shows an image of an empty mussed bed, its pillows still showing the impressions of two heads.  This mysterious and evocative image is in fact a piece by the artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

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