Friends of the High Line works to build and maintain an extraordinary public space on the High Line. We seek to protect the entire historic structure, transforming an essential piece of New York’s industrial past and inspiring new ways of thinking about the city, parks, public space, preservation, and community. We provide virtually all of the High Line’s annual operating budget and are responsible for the maintenance of the park, pursuant to a license agreement with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Through excellence in operations, stewardship, innovative programming, and world-class design, we seek to engage the vibrant and diverse community on and around the High Line.
Friends of the High Line is the non-profit, private partner to the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Friends of the High Line works with the City to make sure the High Line is maintained as a great public place for all New Yorkers and visitors to enjoy. In addition to overseeing the maintenance, operations, and public programming for the High Line, Friends of the High Line is currently working to raise the essential private funding to help complete the High Line's construction and create an endowment for its future operations.
Friends of the High Line was founded in 1999 by two neighborhood residents, Joshua David and Robert Hammond. The 501(c)(3) non-profit advocated for the High Line's preservation when the structure was under threat of demolition. Friends of the High Line successfully worked with the mayoral administration of Michael Bloomberg and the New York City Council to reverse a City policy favoring demolition to one ensuring the High Line's preservation through the federal Railbanking program. Friends of the High Line also spearheaded the design process for the High Line's transformation to a public park, partnering with the City of New York on an international design competition that eventually selected the team of James Corner Field Operations  (landscape architecture) and Diller Scofidio + Renfro  (architecture).
As a public park, the High Line must always remain free, democratic, and welcoming to all. In our role as steward of the park, we strive to be accessible and responsive.
The High Line’s success is due to an unwavering dedication to excellence. We pursue the best – in design, programming, operations, and in every human interaction.
The smallest moments can create the greatest impressions. We give them the attention they deserve.
The High Line is a symbol of New York City. We create and maintain a place that New Yorkers love and in which they can take pride.
The High Line celebrates the diversity of New York City and its surrounding neighborhood. We are committed both to serving that diversity and to reflecting it within our own organization, through our staff, volunteers, and board of directors.
The High Line was transformed by the enthusiasm and dedication of its many donors, supporters, advocates, staff, and volunteers. We remain passionate about creating and maintaining an extraordinary public space, and pursuing excellence in all aspects of our operations.
New York is a city in constant flux, always evolving, forever defining itself. We embrace that fundamental force of change and reflect it within our work.
The High Line was built utilizing a wide range of skills and talents. We continue to seek out expertise to make our work even stronger.
New York is a city of constant surprises. We understand the importance of staying nimble, seizing opportunities, and defying expectations.
Collaborations between the public and private sectors are at the heart of our city’s greatest institutions. We remain committed to our strong partnership with the City of New York.
The High Line owes its success to the many contributions of our donors, supporters, volunteers, staff, neighbors and the public. We make sure to celebrate those who contribute to its success.