Friends of the High Line
When was the last time you took a leisurely stroll along the train tracks? Not recently? I can help you change that.
Meet Friends of the High Line: a non-profit private partner to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. This extraordinary group of people have turned an unused, shabby-looking rail line into an inviting, natural habitat open to the public.
The former rail line (last used in 1980) was almost demolished. Thanks to the hard work of one Peter Obletz, demolition plans were kiboshed. Many years later, in 1999, Friends of the High Line was formed with the intention of turning the unused rail line into a public open space safe for all ages.
Each section has taken about two years to complete and the time taken to put it all together is well worth it. The results are stunning. This map will show you how the track passes through the Gallery District, past Chelsea Park, and towards the Hudson River.
The High Line utilizes mainly native plants chosen to survive in the semi-harsh conditions that present themselves along an old rail line. Friends of the High Line work with textures, colours, and plant combinations for maximum appeal, both aesthetically and environmentally.
The High Line isn’t just a place to take a Sunday stroll, Friends of the High Line works with adults, kids, teenagers, volunteers, and school groups to engage and educate the public. And sections of the High Line are available for rent should you have an event.
The idea of supporting talented artists is not limited geographically: there is talent everywhere and it seems these days we want to give those with talent a slice of our time (I say, horray!). Friends of the High Line is no different: meet High Line Art. This public art program commissions and produces art projects that are visible on and from the High Line.
As if the horticultural experience wasn’t enough, the unique art pieces visible during a walk along the trail make it something else.
Can’t Make It?
Can’t make it to New York? Check out the thousands of photos taken by avid enthusiasts on their Flickr page. These photos are absolutely incredible and I’d say do a great job of capturing the feel of the place.