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Top 8 Spring Things on the High Line

By High Line | March 7, 2019

Hello buds, bees, and birds—it’s becoming spring on the High Line!
So we’re sharing a few of our favorite vernal things to look forward to on the park
starting this month.

1. Blooms

Our gardens are four-season but spring flowers really resurrect the flora drama. As the weather warms, we welcome the regrowth of regrowth of Lady Jane tulips, Virginia bluebells, and Sunburst witch hazel.

2. Picnic baskets

The High Line is home to several fruiting trees. Forget apple and make a pie for your first picnics of the year inspired by the fruit of the Toyo-Nishiki Flowering Quince, which can be seen blossoming on the park in March, April, and May.

3. Bringing it outside

What better way to enjoy the warmer weather than to take your favorite indoor activities out-of-doors? This year’s High Line Art group exhibition, En Plein Air,
is inspired by the Impressionist movement and painting outside.

4. The birds and the beasts

After many months of hibernation New Yorkers of all shapes and species are emerging. Look to the skies to see the aerial courtship and mating dances of the woodcock and the big migration of red tail hawks. And of course, the gray squirrels go nuts on the park this time of year.

5. Between day and night

On March 20, the edge between night and day are equal in length—from which the word “Equinox” derives. If you’re in the northern hemisphere, why not spend all twelve hours of daylight with us?

6. Participatory Budgeting

What if you could decide how to spend part your city’s money? Through Participatory Budgeting (PB), community members—like you—directly decide how to spend at least $1,000,000 of the public budget in participating council districts. For the second year in a row, we’ll be working with High Line Teens to take part in this important process. Among other tasks, our Youth PB Committee discusses project proposals, puts forth their own proposal which appears on the ballot, and creates a strategic outreach plan to increase young voter (11 – 19 years old) engagement and other underrepresented members of community under-represented in the voting process. Make your voice heard from March 30 – April 7, 2019.

7. Bonhomie

Embody the good nature bursting forth by acting good natured yourself! If you want to support the High line this spring, and all year-long, consider becoming a member.

8. Bye-bye, winter

After a long winter, we rejuvenate the park with some deep spring cleaning. We leave dried leaves, stalks, and seed heads standing through the colder months, providing habitat for birds and other animals. To make room for new spring growth, hundreds
of volunteers join our gardeners every March for Spring Cutback—the massive task
of cutting back our plants by hand.

Remember, as New York City native Tony Bennett sang, Spring in Manhattan/Never stays long, so go outside!

In honor of Brick House, the inaugural High Line Plinth arriving later this spring, and Women’s History Month, we’ll be sharing other monumental women throughout the month on Twitter at @HighLineArtnyc and @highlinenyc.

Photography by: Friends of the High Line; Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren;
Timothy Schenck; Julieanne Prevete; Rowa Lee; Liz Ligon

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