Follow us after the jump to check out a video montage highlighting our favorite events and happenings at the High Line in 2012.
At the end of every year, we like to share photographs that highlight our favorite events and happenings at the High Line. But with so many favorite moments this year, we decided to compile the photographs into a video montage.
When we watch the video, we are inspired by the ever-growing community of people behind the High Line’s new life as a public park. In 2012, the High Line welcomed more than 4.4 million visitors, some of whom traveled from far away to see the park, but many others who live or work nearby.
The video shows that, with each visit, people are adding new layers to the High Line’s story. What was once an out-of-use relic of our city’s industrial past has become a beloved public space where New Yorkers and visitors alike gather for myriad purposes. People came to take photographs, share a meal, watch the sunset, or stroll with loved ones. They volunteered at our events. They came to view the park’s artwork and horticulture. They attended our free film screenings, family activities, education workshops, or public talks. Or, they simply came to enjoy the cityscape from an elevated vantage point.
Some of our favorite moments are highlighted in the video montage, as well as the pictures below, but so many more memories were made and shared at the High Line this year.
We can’t wait to see what 2013 brings! Best wishes for the new year, and thank you for being part of the High Line’s community.
In the earlier spring, before High Line Spring Cutback, photographer Steven Severinghaus captured this classic image of the High Line pathway’s tapered planks descending into the landscape of wild grasses.
There is something so inspiring about seeing the park’s neighbors and friends help care for the landscape. In March and April, more than 300 volunteers worked side-by-side with our gardeners to trim back the dried grasses and wildflowers during Spring Cutback, an annual horticulture initiative to prepare the High Line’s landscape for the new growing season. VIEW MORE PHOTOS We’d also like to thank our generous supporters, Bloomberg, Google, HR&A Advisors, REI, Toyota, and UNIQLO, whose invaluable contributions during Spring Cutback helped make this year’s efforts a success. Photo by Liz Ligon
Our amazing team of local teens during the first-ever High Line Green Corps, an alternative spring break featuring horticulture training and hands-on activities with our gardeners. VIEW MORE PHOTOS We are grateful to the Nathan Cummings Foundation for it support of our community engagement work. Photo by Joan Garvin.
Curious faces at the beginning of a High Line Field Trip in the spring. Our staff educators led more than 75 field trips and hundreds of educational activities for families this year. Photo by Daniella Zalcman.
All year long, we been working hard to build the new High Line Headquarters, a maintenance and operations hub next to the High Line’s southern terminus. Pictured here are construction crews placing one of the steel beams for the new High Line Headquarters. The new building is scheduled to open next year. LEARN MORE Photo by Timothy Schenck
The High Line was home to more than 450 free and low-cost public programs in 2012. Pictured here are the Archbishop Molloy boys, from Archbishop Molloy High Line in Queens, battling Organized C.H.A.O.S., from Brooklyn Tech, during a four-day step festival in June. We are grateful to Hudson Guild and Youth Step USA for their partnership, and to MetLife Foundation for its leading support of High Line Live! Photo by Liz Ligon
Sunset at The Porch, the open-air café operated by Terroir. The Porch offers seasonal wine and beer to pair with small plates, like Terroir’s renown meatball sub, while you take in the sweeping view of the Hudson River. Photo by Nicole Franzen
A young artist-in-the-making marks up Jennifer West’s 35MM film strip during the summer’s participatory High Line Art Performance, where hundreds of visitors made their own marks with hand prints, foot prints, and drawings. The marked-up film strip was later transferred to a digital format and screened on the High Line in the fall. WATCH THE VIDEO Photo by Friends of the High Line
Dancing at the Summer Party on the High Line, presented by Coach. Photo by Billy Farrell
Fany Gerson, the chef mastermind behind La Newyorkina, showed little ones how to make fruit parfaits in July. The High Line was once known as the “Lifeline of New York” because its freight trains carried so much fresh food and produce into New York City. Today the High Line connects visitors to the region’s farms through High Line Food, our program introduces unique food vendors and food events to park visitors. Photo by Rowa Lee
Shannon, Johnny, and AV – three of our fellow Friends of the High Line staff members – show off their style and new High Line merchandise designed by Diane von Furstenberg during a fashion photo shoot in August. VIEW MORE PHOTOS Photo by Liz Ligon
Is there anything more fun than dancing outdoors in the summertime? Some of the city’s best Latin bands performed at the park this summer during Arriba!, a monthly series of community parties presented in partnership with Hudson Guild and HAI. VIEW MORE PHOTOS Photo by Liz Ligon
One, two, three – seed toss! Public officials, donors, board members, community activists, and students from Clinton Middle School joined Friends of the High Line Co-Founders Joshua David and Robert Hammond in September for a ceremonial event to mark the start of construction on the High Line at the Rail Yards, the third and final section of the elevated railway. The group tossed wildflower seeds – some of which are native to the High Line – onto the portion of the existing landscape that will be preserved as part of the park design. Construction is now underway to transform the High Line at the Rail Yards into public space, with work scheduled to be complete in 2014. Photo by Timothy Schenck
During two weekends of walking tours presented by UNIQLO in October, visitors explored the third and final section of High Line at the Rail Yards, where you can find self-seeded plants, like this apple tree, amidst the High Line’s original rail tracks. Photo by Mat McDermott
Young High Line fans take a break from their scavenger hunt during Haunted High Line Halloween, our annual community festival presented by AT&T. Photo by Rowa Lee
Even the High Line couldn’t escape the wrath of Hurricane Sandy. After several days of clean-up and testing the park’s mechanical systems, we were reopened the park to visitors. Flooding in the park’s underground vaults damaged the electrical system and utility connections, and so the park remains open on a limited operating schedule, from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM daily. Photo by Melissa Mansur
Watching the sunset on a beautiful evening this fall. Photo by Rich Li-Chi Wang