The High Line Blog

  • How the NEA Helped Jump Start the High Line

    Today it's easy to look at the High Line and see an almost inevitable success. But back in 2002, it was a crazy idea, and not even I or Friends of the High Line's other co-founder, Joshua David, really thought it was going to happen. One of the many important steps from unlikely dream to vibrant ... read more
  • Composting on the High Line at 30'

    We are pleased to share this guest blog post by Annik LaFarge, author of On the High Line: Exploring America's Most Original Urban Park, which originally appeared on Five years ago I tagged along with a High Line gardener on what was then a weekly trip to Staten Island, wher... read more
  • Participatory Budgeting: Grassroots Democracy at Work

    How would you spend $1 million? That's the question New York City's Participatory Budgeting (PB) process asks residents in more than 30 districts all around the city. PB is a democratic process in which community members discuss and develop proposals for local needs—and, for some of those needs, ... read more
  • Gardening in the Sky: Cutting Back on Winter

    We normally think of cutting back last season's perennial growth as a preparation for spring, but this year spring began before we even started our annual Spring Cutback. In New York City, plants were about twenty-five days ahead of their normal schedule and many scientists believe spring's ea... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Christmas fern

    Polystichum acrostichoides provides green ground cover through winter. The evergreen plant is adaptable and hardy. Its common name, "Christmas fern," denotes its year-round greenery. It is easy to grow and requires little care. P. acrostichoides grows best in full to part shade and prefers wel... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Graceful cattail

    One of my favorite memories of Spring Cutback on the High Line occurred two seasons ago. Our team was working in the bog with our annual group of Google volunteers. As we cut back the area, the densely packed seed heads of the cattails exploded everywhere, mimicking snowfall on that sunny Marc... read more
  • Spring Cutback Volunteer Spotlight: Alfredo Taylor-White

    Our annual Spring Cutback wouldn't be possible without the hard work and dedication of our horticulture volunteers and gardeners, who help trim back more than 110,000 plants along our 1.5-mile-long park. Meet High Line volunteer Alfredo Taylor-White, who is participating in Spring Cutback for ... read more
  • Santina: Spaghetti Arrabiata Recipe

    Like spaghetti arrabiata? Check out this delicious recipe from Santina, a coastal Italian restaurant owned and operated by Major Food Group. Santina is located underneath the High Line at Gansevoort Street and Washington Street. Ingredients○ Spaghetti (3 ounces)○ Strattu (Sicilian tomato paste) (... read more
  • Gardeners & Volunteers Kick Off Spring Cutback

    Photo by Liz Ligon Did you know that spring cleaning happens on the High Line, too? In keeping with planting designer Piet Oudolf's vision, High Line plants are not trimmed back at the onset of cold weather as they are in most gardens. Instead, when spring arrives High Line gardeners... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Indian hemp

    On bright days in early March, with a low yet strengthening winter sun, it's often preferable to walk the High Line from south to north to avoid glare. The crimson of open dogbane fruit throughout the Western Rail Yards, however, only reveals itself when lit from behind as one heads south towa... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Corsican hellebore

    Hellebores are among the first plants to bloom in spring. On the High Line, our species of choice is Helleborus argutifolius, or the Corsican hellebore. The species is from Europe and Asia, and is suitable for growing zones 5a-8a in the United States. It prefers the dappled light or shade of a... read more
  • High Line Magazine: Creating a More Equitable High Line

    In this issue of the High Line Magazine, we're focusing on data. But data, at its heart, tells stories—and sometimes the stories of individuals can be just as rich and meaningful as a set of numbers. When Friends of the High Line (FHL) asked me to contribute a piece for this magazine about... read more