The High Line Blog

  • Plant of the Week: Rose mallow

    This December, we've already had two snow storms on the High Line, which is a dramatic difference from last December's unseasonably warm weather. Right now our perennials are blanketed under a layer of fresh snow, and it looks winteresque here. One of our more striking winter architectural pla... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Lace Grass

    The natural community type for lace grass (Eragrostis capillaris) are oak barrens and hillside prairies. Hillside prairies are natural grassland communities that occur on moderate to steep exposed slopes, usually found on the crest of hills surrounded by oak forests. These communities nearly alwa... read more
  • Q&A with Lainie Fefferman and Jascha Naverson: Go Behind the Scenes of the Gaits Soundscape

    Celebrate the winter solstice with an immersive soundwalk along the High Line as part of the Gaits Soundscape. Participants become performers as your footsteps are turned into sounds, creating a collective, whimsical music piece including twinkling metallic sounds, electric guitar chords, dulc... read more
  • 6 Reasons to Love the High Line in Winter

    Here are 6 of our top reasons to love winter on the High Line. Anything you would add? 1) Everything is Prettier with Snow Photo by Marcin Wichary As New Yorkers, we often dread snow and everything that comes along with it: questionable slush, forgotten trash pickup, the long frigid w... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Grace smokebush

    This October brought record high temperatures to New York City. While many people enjoyed the unexpected sunshine and warmth, trees did not adapt as well. The hot and dry fall allowed the trees to continue producing chlorophyll, keeping their leaves green late into the season and resulting in ... read more
  • Gardening in the Sky: Predicting Success

    Failure is a big part of gardening, especially in the unusual conditions we have on the High Line. Growing plants in 15- 18" inches of constructed soil on a bridge that passes over streets and buildings presents unique challenges. By observing plants in the wild we can form an idea of how they... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Wintergreen

    The bright red berries of this low-growing evergreen can easily be spotted on a walk through the New Jersey Pine Barrens or Harriman State Park in the Palisades. Though the fruit's texture is somewhat mealy, the minty flavor is refreshing. In fact, wintergreen is a flavor in toothpastes and ch... read more
  • #OptOutside Instead This Black Friday

    Photo by Timothy Schenck.Over the last three years, nearly 8 million people have chosen to #OptOutside instead of joining the shopping frenzy that is Black Friday. Started by REI, one of Friends of the High Line's longest standing partners, the #OptOutside campaign encourages everyone to "take a ... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Autumn moor grass

    As the colorful leaves of autumn begin to drop and winter seems to be just around the corner, Autumn moor grass or Sesleria autumnalis is in peak form. This is a cool season semi-evergreen grass that puts on its strongest growth during the cool months of spring and fall. After the heat of summer ... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Viking black chokeberry

    Viking black chokeberry is a deciduous shrub that provides three seasons of interest, a distinction much valued by High Line gardeners. Clusters of white flowers bloom in spring, and summer features glossy dark green leaves. Currently we are enjoying the many colors of the fall foliage, which als... read more