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The High Line's plants are not trimmed back at the onset of cold weather in the fall. Instead they are left intact to provide structure, beauty, and habitat throughout the winter. That means when spring arrives, we work quickly to cut back the High Line’s more than 100,000 plants make way for fresh green growth.

With generous support from Google, REI, and Toyota, hundreds of volunteers help us get the job done. In March, High Line Gardeners work side-by-side with students, neighbors, and friends to ready the landscape for the upcoming growing season.

Stay up-to-date on the progress. Follow @highlinenyc on Twitter for photos from the field, or visit the High Line Blog for weekly updates.


Stop by the High Line to view two popular High Line Art installations – Thomas Houseago's Lying Figure and the group exhibition Lilliput – before they are de-installed this month.

Houseago's bronze sculpture of a headless giant that rests between the High Line's original rail tracks will be de-installed on Friday, March 15. Inspired by Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, the monumental installation contrasts the small-scale Lilliput sculptures, which will be de-installed by Monday, April 1.

Download a free, printable High Line Art Map to guide your visit.

We are about to begin an exciting new chapter in the life of the High Line.

Friends of the High Line Co-Founder Robert Hammond today announced his intent to step down at the end of the year. Together with Co-Founder Joshua David, Robert has worked tirelessly for 14 years to build the High Line and make it into a beloved public space.

Read Robert’s letter to supporters

There will also be changes to the Board of Directors of Friends of the High Line. The Board has voted to elect John Alschuler and Catie Marron as Co-Chairs of the Board, and Board member Mario Palumbo as Vice Chair. Next year, John will step down from the chairmanship, and Catie will become the Board’s Chair.

Read the press release announcing the leadership transition

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The High Line is one mile in length, connecting three neighborhoods along the west side of Manhattan.

During snow and ice storms, portions of the High Line, or the entire High Line, may experience delayed openings, early closures, or complete closures to ensure visitor safety and to enable staff to clear the park’s pathways. Learn more about our process for clearing snow and ice.

Please visit the Park Information page or follow @highlinenyc on Twitter to stay up-to-date on delayed openings and park closures during inclement weather.


February is a great time to visit the park. In keeping with Piet Oudolf’s vision, plants are left intact through the winter, rather than trimmed back as temperatures drop. This month you'll see winter blooms, like witch hazel pictured at right, set against dried grasses and seed heads from the past growing season.

Download our February Bloom List, a free printable guide with names and full-color photographs to help you identify plants during your next visit, and the High Line Art Map, featuring all the commissions currently on-view


Spring is just around the corner. As temperatures rise and the days get longer, join us for High Line Spring Cutback, our biggest horticultural event of the year.

Get outside, have fun, and learn – all while volunteering side-by-side with hundreds of neighbors and friends. We can’t do it without you!

Get details and sign up to volunteer

The High Line will re-open in phases today, beginning with the section between West 14th and West 20th Streets at 11:00 AM.

The High Line Snow Sculpt-Off will begin at 12:00 PM. Get details

Snow and ice removal efforts will continue within the closed-off sections the High Line.

Visit the Park Information page or follow @highlinenyc on Twitter to stay up-to-date on the phased re-opening.

There is a thick sheet of ice below the snow on the High Line. In the interest of visitor safety, the park will remain closed today to allow Friends of the High Line staff and volunteers to complete the snow and ice removal.

The Snow Sculpt-Off is postponed until Sunday, February 10. The competition will start at noon. Get details

We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your patience.


It's all hands on deck when snow arrives in New York City.

You’re invited to join Friends of the High Line staff members to clear snow from the High Line’s pathway, making the park safe for visitors to enjoy the unique winter landscape.

Grab a shovel and join our team effort to open the park following winter storms. Learn more.


We’re crossing our fingers for a generous snowfall this Saturday. With enough accumulation, we will host the High Line Snow Sculpt-Off, a fun, creative competition for adults and kids alike, with special prizes from Chelsea Piers, Melt Bakery, People’s Pops, Posman Books, REI, and The Standard, High Line.

Start coordinating your team and planning your ideas now, and keep an eye for an announcement from us. Like the High Line on Facebook or follow @highlinenyc on Twitter for updates.