The High Line Blog

  • 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
  • Plant of the Week: Purple milkweed

    Many plants depend on wildlife for their reproduction. Insects and birds are major collaborators with wildflowers, as they disperse pollens and seeds in exchange for food and shelter that the plants provide. Generally, plants that are native to a region work best to support the local insects a... read more
  • Gardening in the Sky: Wild Inspiration

    Much has already been written about how the High Line's gardens were inspired by natural landscapes. As he developed planting designs for the park, Piet Oudolf was influenced by the plant communities that covered the structure during its years of disuse and by natural[i] areas like the prairie... read more
  • From Frozen Turkeys to Park Visitors: A History of What the High Line Carried

    At the height of its activity, the High Line was one of the city's most prominent food distributors, delivering processed meat and baked goods to hungry New Yorkers. Photo courtesy of Kalmbach Publishing CompanyAs anyone who has had to pull off a Thanksgiving feast in a pinch knows, frozen... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Brownies hairy alumroot

    This October, we're celebrating the moments of transformation in the High Line gardens created to captivate, draw us in, and show us a different way of looking at nature. As part of Celebrating Fall at the Woodland Edge, we'll be featuring related plants throughout the month. Follow along on soci... read more
  • The History of "Death Avenue"

    Not just an urban legend, West Side Cowboys rode in front of trains to warn pedestrians and traffic of the oncoming rail. Photo courtesy of Kalmbach Publishing Company. It's hard to imagine that beneath the calm refuge that is now the High Line once laid a street so chaotic that it was le... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Whitespire grey birch

    This October, we're celebrating the moments of transformation in the High Line gardens created to captivate, draw us in, and show us a different way of looking at nature. As part of Celebrating Fall at the Woodland Edge, we'll be featuring related plants throughout the month. Follow along on s... read more