Thematic Map of 14th Street and 10th Avenue


Image from Synedoche Design. Click for larger version.

A group of graduate architecture students from the University of Michigan recently created this intriguing map of surface temperatures on the High Line.

Adam Smith, also one of the creators of Synedoche Design, tells us they chose to measure the space at 14th Street and 10th Avenue because of the variety of materials in that area.  Using a laser thermometer, they measured the temperatures of  everything from concrete planks and wood benches to gravel and vegetation.  Adam explains, “the key goes from light to dark (dark being the hottest and light being the coolest).  It’s interesting to be able to see the pathways form out of these dots, and the benches that keep you warm on a sunny day in October.”

We agree!

It’s interesting, too, how similar the thematic map looks compared to the physical map of the High Line at the same area:


From the map of the High Line available on our Web site.

See great art and support the High Line!

Tickets are still available for this special self-guided gallery tour of West Chelsea and SoHo, benefiting Friends of the High Line. The daylong event features a self-guided tour of 28 art galleries including James Cohan Gallery, Mary Boone Gallery, PaceWildenstein, 303 Gallery, and Zach Feuer Gallery, where you will collect stamps designed by leading artists in a limited-edition passport. In the evening, join us for a cocktail party and silent auction, including works by Jenny Holzer, Rodney Graham, Yinka Shonibare, and Nayland Blake.

Tickets are $45 and can be purchased on the Passport to the Arts Web site.

Saturday, November 7
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM Gallery Tour
6:00 – 8:00 PM Reception and Silent Auction

The New Yorker Promotion Department will donate all proceeds from the silent auction and a portion of those from ticket sales to Friends of the High Line.

Buy tickets

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Flashy Trash

High Line's snazzy recycling and trash cans. Located under the Standard Hotel and the Chelsea Market Passage

The High Line's new snazzy recycling bins steal the show near the Standard Hotel.

Who says recycling isn’t stylish? Not the High Line. If you’ve finished your bottle of water, can of beans, or New York Times, look for the newly installed and eye-catchingly labelled bins to deposit your plastics, cans, and paper goods.  Three black bins can be found near the Gansevoort entrance, just beneath the Standard Hotel (see above), and three more in the Chelsea Market Passage. 
Bins are marked blue for bottles and cans; green for newspapers, magazines, and other paper; and basic black for basic garbage. Use these bins and help keep the High Line a clean, green fighting machine!

Save the Embankment!

The Harsimus Stem Embankment, Jersey City. Photos by Robert Hammond

The Harsimus Stem Embankment, Jersey City. Photos by Robert Hammond

On Sunday, Co-Founder Robert Hammond headed over to Jersey City for the Embankment Preservation Coalition‘s annual members and supporters meeting. He reports back on the High Line’s sister project, which is just getting, well, off the ground:

“I was blown away immediately upon spotting the half-mile structure that once carried freight for the Pennsylvania Railroad.  The Embankment holds an untouched beauty, and really reminded me of the feelings I had years ago in the early days of the High Line. It’s a quick PATH ride from the High Line to Jersey City, and it’s another amazing opportunity for a great linear public space.  The Coalition project really needs support right now, so I urge you to check out their Web site to find out more and see what you can do.

Image from the Embankment Preservation Coalition's website. Shows the view from up on the embankment.

Photo from the Embankment's Web site, showing the view.

“The Embankment is six acres of space broken into six segments which were originally connected by metal bridges and are now separated by city streets. It runs west to east through a residential neighborhood, and ends overlooking the river, practically right across from the High Line. While the Embankment is much wider than the High Line, measuring 100 feet across, and considerably lower to the ground, the landscape is reminiscent of the High Line’s original wilderness. When I went the fall colors were spectacular– it was an easy sell.”

After the break, more photos, and info on the future plans for the Embankment.

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Light Trick?


Last week, Kaspar Wittlinger (one of the High Line’s gardeners, hailing all the way from Münster, Germany–like the cheese!) showed me an interesting phenomenon happening right now: the lighting fixtures on the High Line are confusing the aromatic aster.

You’ll notice in the picture above that the bright, purple blooms cover only part of the plant.  That’s because aromatic aster (Aster oblongifolius) is a variety of wildflower that depends on short days and low light, and the lighting fixture installed on the rail has caused the plant to receive a seasonally abnormal amount of light.  On the rail side of the plant, it’s still June!

More photos after the jump.

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Wet is Beautiful


From Don Juan Tenorio's Flickr

Dreary weather in the city is an opportunity to experience the High Line in an altogether different way. If you’re bold enough  to venture up despite the rain, you’ll be rewarded with stillness, solitude, and strange beauty as surfaces sparkle and plant colors pop.


Photo by Rick Darke. Click to enlarge.

Going up on a rainy night is still another adventure — we love this photo set taken Friday night by landscape photographer Rick Darke. The wet grasses are luminous, and the surrounding skyline and streets below show vibrant streaky colors.

New Adventures in Composting


The gardeners working on the High Line are reflections of their workspace: exciting, sturdy, 30 feet off the ground, and working toward sustainability in all its various forms. Gardener Meg Graham recently gave a presentation to her fellow planstpeople about her visit to Growing Power, a community urban farm she recently visited in Milwaukee. In sharing her thoughts, she vividly described for her coworkers a process called vermicomposting, which in this case involved broken dryers, worms, and dirt cubes.

You can view a clip from her excellent presentation on this composting method here [PDF].

Fall = Hot Cider and Donuts


As the blustery weather sets in, we all begin to long for something that will warm from the inside out.  Right now in the Chelsea Market Passage, you can find your fix in a quintessentially autumnal fashion.

Pastry Chef Erica Leahy of Craftsteak serves up fresh cinnamon-sugar donuts, hot spiced cider, and pumpkin spice muffins at their new High Line concession, “Craft Sweets.”  Co-Founder Robert Hammond is addicted, saying, “I’ve had no desire to eat a donut since I was a kid… now I crave them.”

Craft Sweets on the High Line

Open through November 12 in the Chelsea Market Passage

11:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily

Menu of delectables after the jump

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Village Voice: High Line is Best New Public Space

Village Voice: Best New Public Space

Hot off the presses is this year’s Village Voice Best of NYC. In it, the Voice gives the High Line a big shout-out by naming it the “Best New Public Space” of 2009, calling the park “quite possibly the most relaxing spot in the city.”

This distinction puts the High Line in the illustrious company of the likes of The Guggenheim (best after hours museum), Doyers Street (best make-out spot) and Hunan House (best fish heads).

Read the blurb