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Secrets of the High Line

March 22, 2016

amNewYork featured the High Line in their “Secrets of New York” series, the ultimate insider’s guide to the best-kept secrets of New York’s must-see places and buzzed-about people. Learn some of the secrets you’ll discover below and see the full list on If you live in New York City, you can also pick up a hard copy of amNewYork on Tuesday, March 22.

Secret #5:
A place to pop the question … or drop the ring

An estimated two to three marriage proposals per weekend are witnessed by Friends of the High Line rangers between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Friends of the High Line said the most popular places for proposals are locations along the park where you can see the sunset or the skyline.

But the location isn’t without its risks. High Line Park Services staffers have been known to retrieve engagement rings that fell through the cracks of the concrete planks after nervous proposers dropped them. Tim Ries, director of Park Services of Friends of the High Line, said the team has used multiple retrieval devices, including one made from piano wire, which is seen being used in the photo above.

Secret #7:
‘Love is a Battlefield’ under the High Line

The High Line is seen at the end of Pat Benatar’s “Love is a Battlefield” music video. The 1983 video was filmed a few years after the last trains ran on the tracks in 1980. The first glimpse of the High Line is at 4:44.

This wasn’t the first time the rail line was seen on film, though. It also appears for a few seconds in the opening scene of Woody Allen’s “Manhattan” (1979). Watch: 22 to: 25, as Allen speaks the first line “Chapter One. He adored New York City,” to see a black and white shot of the High Line.

Secret #12:
Ice can’t be removed

Because of the High Line’s green standards and the delicate pathways, the Friends of the High Line team can’t use chemical ice-melting techniques, explained Cub Barrett, Friends of the High Line Director of Communications. Traditional ice scrapers would also damage the surface, he said, which means the staff must wait for the sun to melt ice. During the winter, some areas of the High Line must be blocked off until the ice melts naturally.

To remove snow, the Friends of the High Line staff uses a combination of power brooms, snow throwers and hand shoveling. The blizzard in January 2016 dumped more than two feet of snow on the entire park, which was the most the High Line had received since its opening in June 2009. Learn more.

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