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Erika Harvey
Present throughout the park, ‘The Blues’ little bluestem is a wispy grass that produces fluffy silver seed heads that remain beautiful through the winter months.
 

The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that took root on the elevated rail tracks after the trains stopped running. The High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees — chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, diversity, and seasonal variation in color and texture. Some of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are reflected in the park landscape today.

This week we share with you one of our Gardeners’ current favorites.

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Erika Harvey
High Line Gardener Kaspar Wittlinger leads a tool tune-up session for High Line Gardeners and High Line Volunteers. Here he shows the group the proper technique for sharpening a pair of pruning shears.
 

At this time of year, we get this question all the time: “What do the gardeners do in the winter?”

There is noticeably less activity in the planting beds on the High Line in the winter, but our gardeners are just as busy. They take advantage of the lull in the growing season to plan and prepare for the year to come, and they are also called into action to help ensure the park is safe for the public after snow and ice storms. Here’s a little insight into what the High Line Gardeners are up to in the colder months of the year.

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Photographer Ben Thomas’ playful tilt-shift cityscapes visually evoke miniature scale models. Here, at 30 feet above the street on the High Line, the camera’s gaze looks east toward the intersection of West 23rd Street and 10th Avenue.
 

One of our favorite ways to stay updated on park life from the office is by skimming through the High Line Flickr Pool. Hundreds of talented professional photographers and aspiring amateurs have shared their images of park visitors and the High Line’s architecture, horticulture, and the cityscape beyond.

One recent contributor, Ben Thomas, caught our eye with his tilt-shift photographs, which trick the eye to make the High Line, and the views from it, look like miniature scale models.

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Erika Harvey
year in photos

Dear Friends,

Thank you for helping us make 2011 an incredible year for the High Line.

This year saw two major milestones for the High Line: the opening of the High Line from West 20th Street to West 30th Street, doubling the length of the park, and an agreement to preserve the third and final section of High Line at the rail yards, including the spur.

But so much more happened on the High Line in 2011: a post-snowstorm Snow Sculpt-Off, a Salman Rushdie Karma Chain, rooftop dance performances, 50,000 new plants, four competing teen step teams, mushroom-shaped bouncy houses, a temporary public plaza below the High Line, 15,000 roller skaters, avocado popsicles, a working water feature, kids releasing butterflies and earthworms, salsa dancing at sunset, a historic $20 million gift for the rail yards and the endowment, our first comprehensive book on the High Line, and a larger-than-life $100,000 bill art installation.

We've compiled some of our favorite images, video, and stories from this incredible year. We hope you enjoy them!

Best wishes for the new year.

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               Joshua David                                  Robert Hammond
               Co-Founder                                      Co-Founder

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Erika Harvey
new years

You've decked the halls, now decorate your walls with High Line posters from our Web Shop. For the first week in January, enjoy 50% off posters from three of our favorite artists and photographers. Joel Sternfeld, Paula Scher, and Michael DeFeo posters, regularly $16, will be $8 for one week only, from Sunday, January 1 – January 8, 2012.

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Erika Harvey
Winter BerryThe winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata) on the High Line near West 21st Street. Photo by Barry Munger.
 

Temperatures may be dropping, but you will find a beautiful landscape, thought-provoking public art, and engaging public programs at the High Line over the next few months. Here are a few reasons to rediscover the High Line this winter.

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Chelsea Market PassageThe Chelsea Market Passage was home to High Line Food vendors all summer and fall. Photo by Iwan Baan.
 

Our first full season of High Line Food will soon come to a close. We pulled together some photos of our favorite moments from the year. Take a look, and tell us what you think. We hope you will share your thoughts with us to help make High Line Food even better next year.

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Gift Guide

Visit the High Line Web Shop this holiday season to find great gifts for all the special people in your life. High Line merchandise is perfect for architecture and design geeks, green thumbs, New York City enthusiasts, and children alike. What’s more, every purchase in our Web Shop directly supports the maintenance and operations of the High Line!

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Erika Harvey
Below The Standard, New York, dancers in boldly colored costumes do acrobatic kicks as part of Half-Mythical, Half-Legendary Americanism. Photo by Liz Ligon.Below The Standard, New York, dancers in boldly colored costumes do acrobatic kicks as part of Half-Mythical, Half-Legendary Americanism. Photo by Liz Ligon.
 
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On November 12 and 14, visitors gathered to watch dancers in brightly colored costumes jump, run, kick, and cartwheel along the High Line as part of Half-Mythical, Half-Legendary Americanism, a new dance-theater work by Tyler Ashley and the SARAHS.

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Erika Harvey
Senator Tom Duane, here with Chelsea Garden Club members in front of a volunteer's handiwork at 25th & Ninth Avenue, championed the pit gardens and got the green light to plant in the bike-lane tree pits.Senator Tom Duane, here with Chelsea Garden Club members in front of a volunteer's handiwork at 25th & Ninth Avenue, championed the pit gardens and got the green light to plant in the bike-lane tree pits.
 

We would like to give a shout out to our friends at the Chelsea Garden Club.

These hard-working volunteers have adopted the tree pits along 8th and 9th Avenues and transformed them into mini-gardens filled with beautiful flowers, grasses, and shrubs.

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