The High Line Blog

  • Plant of the Week: Early goldenrod

    When a snow-laden goldenrod leans into your path along the Western Rail Yards, seize the opportunity to take a closer look at its gritty structure. Dense panicles of ripe seed are held on stiff stems that bear high winds and sleet for the coming months. It takes a weed like Solidago juncea, the ... read more
  • 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

    It's difficult to believe given the roller coaster of weather this fall, but the official beginning of winter is just around the corner. Here are 6 reasons to love winter on the High Line. Anything you would add? 1) Everything is Prettier with Snow Photo by Marcin Wichary As New Yo... 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