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Erika Harvey
High Line Spring Cutback is in full swing and new spring bulbs are popping up daily. Photo by David Wilkinson

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Erika Harvey
High Line Gardeners and volunteers work to clear leaf litter and dried grasses from the High Line’s planting beds near Little West 12th Street. Photo by Liz Ligon

We have just completed the first week of High Line Spring Cutback!

The High Line’s plants are not trimmed back at the onset of cold weather in the fall. Instead the landscape is left intact to provide structure, beauty, and habitat throughout the winter. As spring arrives, Friends of the High Line staff and volunteers work together to cut back the plants to make way for new green growth. This horticultural effort, called High Line Spring Cutback, takes place throughout the entire month of March.

See more photos from our first week of Spring Cutback after the jump.

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Erika Harvey
A view of the New York City skyline with High Line Headquarters in the center foreground, and the Whitney Museum of American Art rising up next to it. Photo by Timothy Schenck

A major milestone was passed last week when the windows were installed at the new High Line Headquarters, at the southern terminus of the park. This step marks the full enclosure of the four-story building, meaning that construction crews will soon begin working to configure the mechanical systems and install interior fixtures, such as tile, carpet, lighting, cabinets, countertops, furniture, and more.

We’ve made significant progress since our last update in December.

Join us after the jump for more photos.

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Erika Harvey
Underneath the Philip A. and Lisa Maria Falcone Flyover, the season’s first bulbs are emerging.

The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees — each 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
The play of light and shadows at sunset transforms ordinary buildings next to the High Line at West 20th Street. Photo by Annik La Farge

Author, neighbor, and High Line member and volunteer, Annik La Farge, often turns her lens and her pen to the High Line on her blog, delving into the fascinating history that surrounds the elevated railway and the neighborhoods that encircle it.

Our photo of the week is a recent shot by Annik that evokes the rich history of West Chelsea. On West 20th Street alone, the uses of these unassuming warehouse buildings span from pelt-trading by early Dutch settlers and uranium enriching during the Manhattan Project, to present day art galleries and even the current High Line administrative offices.

Read more about the history of West Chelsea warehouses on Annik’s blog, Livin’ the High Line.

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Erika Harvey
Gray birch trees are easily identified by their gray-white bark. Photo by Beverly Israely

The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees — each 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.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
Construction crews work on the steel structure of the High Line on West 30th Street. Photographer Unknown

When this photograph was taken in 1933, construction of the High Line, then called the New York Central Elevated Spur, was nearly complete. The elevated railway would soon be carrying freight trains filled with fresh food and manufactured goods up and down Manhattan’s West Side.

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Erika Harvey
Show us who you love! Share photos of the favorite people in your life in front of You & Me, the new HIGH LINE BILLBOARD by Allen Ruppersberg at West 18th Street.
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Couples walking hand-in-hand, families with strollers, friends sipping coffee and chatting – the High Line is a community space made unique by the people who come here to spend time together.

Allen Ruppersberg’s new colorful HIGH LINE BILLBOARD , called You & Me, is the perfect reason to celebrate the special people in your life. Visit the billboard, between West 17th and West 18th Streets, and snap a few photos. Tag them with #youandme and @highlineartnyc by Thursday, February 28 for a chance to win a limited edition High Line Art Tote Bag!

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We’ll be sharing our favorites on the High Line Art’s Tumblr, Facebook, and @highlineartnyc on Twitter.









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Erika Harvey
A snowman greets High Line visitors in 2011. Photo by Karen Blumberg

As we speak, snow is blanketing New York City.

High Line Maintenance and Operations staff are readying their shovels, snow brooms, and ice picks for the estimated 10–14 inches of snow that the city will be receiving in the next 24 hours. Tomorrow, while most of us are still sleeping, they will begin clearing the High Line's pathway and stairs in order to open the park to the public as soon as possible. For the first time, our staff will be joined by dedicated Snow Volunteers who will help us complete this huge task.

While snow means more work at the High Line, it also means more fun! With enough accumulation anticipated, we’ll be holding a High Line Snow Sculpt-Off tomorrow from 2:30 – 4:00 PM. Our photo of the week this week is one of our favorites from our last Snow Sculpt-Off in 2011, by High Line Photographer Karen Blumberg, showing a snowman greeting High Line visitors. Your imagination is the limit during the Snow Sculpt-Off, when adults and families compete to create snow masterpieces.

We hope you’ll join us!

Learn more about the High Line Snow Sculpt-Off.

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Erika Harvey
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Thanks to all who took part in our cover photo contest for the third edition of the High Line Map.

Follow us after the jump for details.

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