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Photo by Liz Ligon

“The Most Influential Architecture of the Decade Wasn’t a Building.”

By High Line | January 6, 2020

In a recap of the most memorable people, places, and things from the 2010s, Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times places the High Line (at #29) in the ranks of Beyoncé, Instagram, and Marvel movies. Read a few other notable press mentions.

Since we don’t want to rest on our laurels (especially since we don’t grow laurels), enjoy 10 reflections from last year paired with 10 new moments coming in 2020.


Aerial shot of a portio of the High Line

An aerial shot of the High Line and Simone Leigh’s Brick House Photo by Timothy Schenck

In 2019 we: Opened our newest section: the Spur.

This year we’ll: Expand our tree canopy and welcome all new species of trees, bushes, and flowers to the park.

A large bronze bust of a Black woman

Simone Leigh’s Brick House Photo by Timothy Schenck

In 2019 we: Debuted a new space for sculpture and welcomed Simone Leigh’s Brick House.

This year we’ll: Exhibit maquettes of proposals for Plinths two and three and install the second sculpture on the High Line Plinth.

Dancers in neon outfits waving props

Antonio Ramos’ Out of Line performance, No Agenda GendaPhoto by Liz Ligon

In 2019 we: Worked with incredible artists, poets, organizers, writers, and musicians.

This year we’ll: Present our ninth group exhibition, tenth year of public programming, and continue working with emerging and established curators, writers, and thinkers.

A person speaking with a microphone

Timothy DuWhite at How Many of Us Will Be Thriving for Stonewall 100?Photo by Rowa Lee

In 2019 we: Celebrated 50 years of queer resistance, with conversations, performances, and gatherings.

This year we’ll: Fill up our annual Hat Party with the spirit of Pride.

Purple coneflowers

Purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea)

In 2019 we: Discovered the world of medicinal plants at our horticulture festival.

This year we’ll: Honor the importance of pollinators, experiment with new composting techniques, and host our ninth Spring Cutback.

People salsa dancing in front of Simone Leigh's large sculptural bust <i>Brick House </i>>

¡Arriba! on the Spur in front of Simone Leigh’s Brick House Photo by Rowa Lee

In 2019 we: Danced until sweaty for the eighth year in a row at ¡Arriba!This year we’ll: Do it all over again with a bonus fourth dance party.

A person raises their hand amid a crowd of seated people

A discussion at the first High Line Network symposium: Beyond Economic Impact: Charting the Field of Infrastructure ReusePhoto by Liz Ligon

In 2019 we: Brought together 60 infrastructure reuse projects at our first High Line Network symposium.

This year we’ll: Grow our Network into an even bigger learning community.

People looking at posters on a wall

The traveling exhibition and first collaboration between High Line Art and the High Line Network, New Monuments for New Cities, on the High LinePhoto by Timothy Schenck

In 2019 we: Collaborated with other cities on new monuments in the form of a poster exhibition.

This year we’ll: Launch the Sustainable Garden Project, a collective of five community-led gardens from the five boroughs.

A bumblebee pollinatring a pink plant

A bumblebee pollinating one of our plantsPhoto by Steven Severinghaus

In 2019 we: Studied native bees and found out they love to make their home on the park.

This year we’ll: Build the bees some houses and honor these small but mighty creatures.

A billboard that reads "Here."

The billboard that inpsired Claudia Rankine’s sound installation We Are Here Photo by John Lucas

In 2019 we: Asked what does “here” mean? with an extensive sound experience.

This year we’ll: Raise questions with Civic Conversations, a new public program led by our teen staff. The first question is: “What do you imagine is possible here?”

Thank you for making 2019 so extraordinary, and here’s to making 2020 even better!

Notable press mentions:

New York Times, “33 Ways to Remember the 2010s

Forbes, “Designboom Celebrate 20 Years And Share Their Favorite Buildings

Times UK, “Best Architecture of the 2010s: The Decade’s Top Buildings

Curbed NY, “NYC’s 10 Most Important Buildings of the Past Decade

TimeOut NY, “The Top Ten Art Exhibitions of 2019



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