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The High Line is among the most innovative urban reclamation projects in recent memory. The story of how it came to be is a remarkable one: two young citizens with no prior experience in planning and development collaborated with their neighbors, elected officials, artists, local business owners, and leaders of burgeoning movements in horticulture and landscape architecture to create a park celebrated worldwide as a model for creatively designed and socially vibrant public space.

High Line: The Inside Story of New York City’s Park in the Sky is the first comprehensive book about the High Line. Published by Farrar Straus and Giroux and designed by Pentagram, the book tells the story of the project with more than 200 photographs documenting the High Line's transformation and a narrative by Friends of the High Line Co-Founders Joshua David and Robert Hammond about how it all came to be.


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News, Reviews, Commentary, and Praise

Eyes Above the Street: High Line's Second Installment
New York Review of Books, August 25, 2011

The Inside Track on New York's High Line
National Public Radio, Weekend Edition, September 3, 2011

The Inside Story of New York City's Park in the Sky
Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2011

Millions Stroll New York's Park in the Sky
BBC News, October 7, 2011

High Line: The Inside Story
Cool Hunting, October 17, 2011

High Line Park
The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC, October 18, 2011

High Line Tour with Park's Co-Founders
NY1 Inside City Hall, October 21, 2011

400 Years of Artifacts Enrich a Book
The New York Times, October 23, 2011

Lessons from the High Line
Design Observer Group, Observers Room, October 31, 2011

Above Grade: On the High Line
Design Observer Group, Places Journal, November 1, 2011

In a Few Short Years
Paper Magazine, November 15, 2011

A Conversation about the NYC High Line
Charlie Rose, November 17, 2011

Reliable Resources: Books about Gardening
The New York Times Book Review, December 2, 2011

High Line Book: Cruising, Mother Hubbard, and Helena Durst
Curbed, December 2, 2011

Reliable Resources: Books about Gardening
The New York Times Sunday Book Review, December 2, 2011

Dreamers and Realists Collaborate on the High Line
Urban Design Review, December 5, 2011

The High Line is not only a great work of design—surely the most important addition to the public realm of New York in this century; it is also a great saga. In this book Robert Hammond and Joshua David, who led the grass-roots movement to rescue the High Line from demolition, tell with energy, passion, and refreshing candor the story of how this industrial artifact became, against all odds, a magnificent park.
Paul Goldberger

This book is the record of a bright and in fact heroic part of New York City’s history. The story of the struggle, against very long odds, by two young men to create the High Line is a story of perseverance, determination and courage, and the photographs which accompany it show the brilliance of their achievement.
Robert A. Caro

This is a fundamentally uplifting story of two young men with a dream who scythed through red tape and skepticism, summoning a village to help re-imagine what a park could be in the twenty-first century. Thanks to their vision, and to the dedication, enthusiasm, and brilliance of their collaborators, a walk in the park has been transformed into an exhilarating urban experience that helps all of us to see our extraordinary city with new eyes.
Anna Wintour

If God is in the details, then few projects can be more divine than the High Line. Christo, the man who wraps bridges and the Reichstag, once said that for him the creative part of his work is not the finished product but the seemingly frustrating process of getting all those permits and raising funds and convincing ecologists and city planners. This careful account of how the High Line came to exist despite all the odds proves just how creative and suspenseful realizing a plan can be; it’s a real cliff-hanger.
Edmund White

There is no more miraculous and important and gratifying piece of new American urban design than the High Line. What’s more, how it was conjured into existence is a compelling story, and here’s that story—with pictures!—told lucidly and charmingly by the two extraordinary ordinary guys who pulled it off.
Kurt Andersen

The story of the Highline, from rusting relic to sky-sited park, is one of the great encouraging, improbable stories of New York life in the past few decades. This book tells that story from its Quixotic beginnings to its triumphant realization, and should be read by anyone who cares about New York, or green and urban life.
Adam Gopnik



High Line: The Inside Story of New York City's Park in the Sky
By Joshua David and Robert Hammond
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks, October 2011
ISBN: 978-0-374-53299-4
352 pages