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Spring Forward: Preparing the Landscape for a New Season

It has become a beautiful tradition to usher in the season. This week, we began High Line Spring Cutback, our annual horticulture initiative that brings together hundreds of students, neighbors, and friends to prepare the park’s landscape for a new growing season.

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

It’s a major effort, and we couldn’t do it alone. With generous support from Google, REI, and Toyota, we have recruited and trained hundreds of volunteers to help us. When you visit the park this month, you will see them working side-by-side with High Line Gardeners. With each cut they make, green shoots and early spring bulbs emerge.

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 during the month of March.

Last Chance to See ‘Lying Figure’ and ‘Lilliput’

The time has come to bid farewell to two popular High Line Art installations: Thomas Houseago’s Lying Figure, pictured above, and the group exhibition Lilliput.

Next Friday we begin de-installing Houseago’s bronze sculpture of a headless giant that rests between the High Line’s original rail tracks. Inspired by Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, the monumental installation contrasts the small-scale Lilliput sculptures, like Tomoaki Suzuki’s Carson and Francis Upritchard’s The Seduction. All Lilliput sculptures will be de-installed by Monday, April 1.

The sculptures made their High Line debut last spring. Like other High Line Art commissions, Lying Figure and Lilliput are temporary installations, on view for just under one year. While we will miss the sculptures, our ever-changing High Line Art program means there are always surprises with each new visit to the park.

Stop by this week to see the works together for the last time. Download a free, printable High Line Art Map to guide your visit, and sign up for the High Line Art E-News to get announcements about new commissions coming later this spring.

Tickets Now Available for Special Walking Tours in May

Enjoy fresh air, sweeping views, interesting architecture, and a vibrant spring landscape during a special walking tour. Friends of the High Line offers a variety of free and low-cost tours centered around the park’s history, design, landscape, art, and more. Below are a few of the highlights coming up this season.

Food History Tour: Feeding the Future | Wednesday, May 8
Learn about the High Line’s historic link to food production and the role it plays today in the city’s food system.

Nature Walk with High Line Gardeners | Thursday, May 9
Get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to maintain a garden elevated above the city streets.

High Line Art Tour | Wednesday, May 15
Hear the story behind Broken Bridge II, El Anatsui’s intricate art installation at West 22nd Street.

Designing the High Line Tour | Wednesday, May 29
Stroll with James Corner Field Operations to learn about the park’s design, from concept to execution.

Space is limited, and tickets sell out fast. Buy tickets now

Want to book a private tour?
A private tour led by a knowledgeable guide is a great way to discover the High Line. Book now

Construction Update: High Line Headquarters

When you visit the High Line this month, you will see major progress made on the new High Line Headquarters at the southern end of the park.

When it opens later this year, the building will provide new visitor services, such as a passenger elevator and public restrooms, and serve as a critical operations hub for Friends of the High Line staff and volunteers.

Crews have finished enclosing the four-story building, pictured above, with grey brickwork and floor-to-ceiling glass windows. They are now busily working to configure the mechanical systems and install interior fixtures, such as tile, carpet, lighting, cabinets, countertops, furniture, and more.

View more construction photos

Shop the High Line Spring Essentials

The High Line Web Shop has everything you need to enjoy spring on the High Line.

Prepare for April showers with a wind-proof High Line Umbrella.

Stay warm during your stroll with a super-soft High Line Sweatshirt.

Pick up Piet Oudolf’s Landscapes in Landscapes to learn about the High Line’s planting design.

Push the season with an eco-friendly High Line Plant Tee.

Proceeds from every purchase support the High Line's maintenance and operations. SHOP NOW

Highlights from the Web

Check out recent High Line updates on our Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Instagram.

High Line Blog
VIDEO: Art21 profiles El Anatsui on Broken Bridge II

Know your blooms! Our free, downloadable March Bloom List is now available.

A big thanks to REI volunteers for helping us clear ice from the High Line’s pathway!

Footsteps in snow along the Falcone Flyover at West 27th Street

A beautiful shot of raindrops clinging to dried winter grasses.

Renew Your Membership with Friends of the High Line

It’s still cold outside, but we are hard at work preparing for the busy season ahead.

This week, our gardeners are preparing the park’s planting beds for new green growth. Our curator and educators are mapping out a robust calendar of free events, family activities, and artworks. Our designers are coordinating the final stages of construction on High Line Headquarters, and preparing for construction at the rail yards.

And we're all counting on you. Membership support helps provide more than 90% of the park's annual operating funds.

Renew your membership now, and you will provide essential support for the season ahead. Thank you!

Friends of the High Line
529 West 20th Street, Suite 8W
New York, NY 10011
(212) 206-9922

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The High Line is managed by a partnership between Friends of the High Line and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation

Images from top to bottom: Bjoren Amherd, Liz Ligon, Timothy Schenck, Friends of the High Line, Oliver Rich

REI is a Supporting Partner of the High Line Volunteer Program. High Line Spring Cutback is supported by Google, REI, and Toyota.

High Line Art is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Major support for High Line Art comes from Donald R. Mullen, Jr., with additional funding provided by the Concordia Foundation, and Vital Projects Fund, Inc. High Line Art is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Toyota is the Presenting Sponsor of the High Line Plant Guide and the monthly bloom lists.

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