The High Line is a new public park, built on an elevated 1930s rail structure located on Manhattan's West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to 34th Street. The first section of the High Line opened to the public in June 2009. The High Line is property of the City of New York, and is maintained and operated by the non-profit Friends of the High Line, in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.
Daniel Turkewitz has woven together a series of shots on the High Line–clouds passing over the Hudson, delicate grasses fluttering in the breeze, sky changing from gold to inky blue, and ethereal images of people as they travel through the park. It’s a beautiful, dreamy video.
While this week’s snowstorm turns brown, slushy, and inconvenient on street level, it’s still clean and beautiful up on the High Line. There’s quite a bit of snow left–come up and enjoy it this weekend! (Perhaps even make it part of a romantic date on Sunday?)
Weather permitting, we’ll be open for regular winter hours, 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM, with the last entry at 7:45 PM. Check our Web site for updates.
Artist Spencer Finch was profiled on Thirteen’s Sunday Arts Profile last weekend. His installation The River That Flows Both Ways is the first major artwork on the High Line, and was commissioned in partnership with Creative Time and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.
Video journalist Larry Closs visited the High Line this fall and put together this lovely little travel piece. He highlights some of the park’s most popular features, and talks with Co-Founder Robert Hammond about the inspiration behind the park.
2009 has been a remarkable year for the High Line. After spending the spring working on the final stages of construction, we opened the first section of the park in June. Since then, we estimate that nearly 2 million people have visited. We hope you were among these first visitors to the High Line, and that you return again and again in 2010.
The High Line’s first year as a public park has been truly amazing. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite pictures from this incredible, historic year. We hope you enjoy them!
Park visitors stroll and relax on the Diller – von Furstenberg Sundeck between 14th and 15th Streets. The Sundeck is one of the High Line’s most popular gathering spots, especially for sunbathers on bright summer days, and as a place to watch the sunset. Photo by Iwan Baan
“…The High Line is a hit, and not just with tourists but with New Yorkers who are openly relishing a place where they can reflect and relax enough to get a new perspective on Manhattan.”
Ever wonder who’s up on the High Line weeding, watering, collecting garbage, sweeping, and generally making sure the park is a great place to be?
Meet gardener Andi Lawton and custodian Jose Casanova, part of the High Line’s stellar maintenance and operations team. In this new video, Andi and Jose talk about the daily work that goes into taking care of the High Line.
The maintenance and operations of the High Line is paid for by Friends of the High Line, mostly through our membership program. You can become a member to help support this work, and ensure that the High Line remains a beautiful and well-maintained public park.
Here’s a video from UK-based Wallpaper, featuring Co-Founder Joshua David and lead designer James Corner. It was shot back in April, a couple months before the park opened, and it’s amazing how different the landscape looks.
As is to be expected for Wallpaper, this video has STYLE. We love it.
Like any respectable New York City park, the High Line has attracted its fair share of recurring characters (anyone have any video of Boba Fett playing video game songs on his accordion?), but none have been quite as popular as the “Renegade Cabaret” that has emerged from an apartment building adjacent to the Line at 20th Street. Patty (the emcee) and Elizabeth (the singer) have begun “exploiting the captive audience” on the High Line, treating the late night guests at the northern end of section 1 to some good old fashioned sing-song.
As if we could love the Charlie Rose Show any more.
There’s a lot of High Line talk at the beginning of this interview, plus discussion of Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s other work: The Blur Building, the ICA in Boston, and of course the new Alice Tully Hall.
Diller Scofidio + Renfro are part of the High Line’s design team, led by landscape architects James Corner Field Operations.