The High Line Blog

  • Northern Spur Preserve: Ramp Revealed!

    Work is quickly progressing at the Northern spur, a horticultural preserve located on a portion of the High Line that juts across 10th Avenue, just north of Chelsea Market.  The landscape at the Northern spur is designed to recall the self-sown landscape that grew up on the High Line after the ... read more
  • Standard Goes Back to School

    The folks over at the now open-ish Standard Hotel have gotten some of their sweetest eye-candy together for their annual Staff Calendar. Staff members from all Standard locations, Miami, Los Angeles, Hollywood and New York, are featured in campy spreads of sexed-up high school stereotypes (hell-... read more
  • Rail Yards Update: CB4 and BP Stringer Call to Save the Spur

    The support for the full preservation of the High Line at the rail yards continues to grow-- Community Board 4 and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer have both added their voices to the call to save the spur. At a recent full Board meeting, Community Board 4 made a clear statement advoc... read more
  • The High Line Without Us

    Image by Kenn Brown, In many post-apocalyptic (and often sub-par) films, the "end of the world" usually refers to the destruction of civilized life on planet Earth. As human life flickers out, the film ends and the credits roll. However, as Alan Weisman illustrates in his book The... read more
  • Standard Hotel is (softly) Open

    The new Standard Hotel that bridges over the High Line at Little West 12th Street has recently opened its doors for a soft opening.  While the club, lounge, restaurant, and bars are still very much under construction, ten floors of guest rooms are currently open.  And I quote: "We'll put up wit... read more
  • A Surreal View From the High Line

    Today brought one of the strangest views from the High Line yet: A few of us were up on the site this afternoon to see how it was faring in the frigid weather, when we caught a chilling glimpse of the US Airways plane that crashed into the icy Hudson today. (Amazingly, even in the sub-freezing te... read more
  • Bloomberg: High Line is "the world's most innovative park"

    Mayor Bloomberg, speaking at our Groundbreaking ceremony in 2006  In his annual State of the City Address, Mayor Bloomberg focused mainly on his strategy for stabilizing the city's economy and pulling it out of recession.  The plan he outlined in today's address at Brooklyn College focused... read more
  • Q&A with Melissa Fisher, Deputy Director of Horticulture

    Photo by Barry Munger. Friends of the High Line's Deputy Director of Horticulture talks about planting on the High Line, working with Field Operations and Planting Designer Piet Oudolf, and creating a maintenance plan for the new landscape. Where were you before coming to Friends of the High L... read more
  • High Line Aerial Wall Art and Desktop Wallpaper

    Friends of the High Line's office recently got a new addition: a 9 foot-by-18 foot aerial High Line wall map in our reception area. The map shows the High Line's design in context: the entire line is visible as it moves north from the West Village, through Chelsea, to the West Side Rail Yards. ... read more
  • 2008: The Year in Programming

    2008 was a great year for the High Line. Without a completed park to play on, we've had the opportunity to get very creative with our programs--trips to Governor's Island, canoeing on the Bronx River, chalking paths to the High Line's future entrances, and more. The opening of the first section (... read more
  • M&O: Green Maintenance Vehicles

    Worksman Tricycle M&O is a new series of posts attempting to explain some of the  Maintenance and Operations issues we're thinking about for the High Line once it's open. M&O discussions are ongoing, and many details will be finalized in the months leading up to the High Line's opening. In bu... read more
  • (Return of) Photo of the Week

    The planting team hard at work on Section 1, getting perennials into the ground last fall.Photo by Barry Munger.  read more