28 Oct Postcard From NYC: Walking the High Line (Plus, How to Bring Home Two of Its Flowers)
I was back in Brooklyn and Manhattan earlier this month, which is my favorite month to be in/live in/visit the city. It was a quick trip, during which Ryan was back in California working on a top-secret project that will be unveiled soon. In between seeing family and experiencing the fashionable and thrilling latest from the New York City Ballet (thanks to my dear friend Anthony!), I took some time for a solo stroll along the High Line.
An aerial modern meadow, the High Line is built on elevated freight train tracks that had fallen into disuse after 1980. The park first opened to the public in 2009, and now extends 1.45 miles from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to 34th Street. That northernmost section, the High Line at the Rail Yards, just opened on September 21.
On the day I visited, the Korean feather reed grass had rosy tips. Aromatic aster, tall tickseed and sea lavender were just a few of the species in bloom. The plantings here were inspired by the self-seeding flora that sprang up — for over two decades — after the trains stopped running, and today the clean engineered lines create an appealing chemistry with the plants’ general anarchy. We love coming back to see flowers and grasses bursting out between the strict, parallel cracks, an experience designed by James Corner Field Operations (Project Lead), Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf. But you might remember our Q&A with Catie Maron last year about the High Line’s unique magic…
What else is blooming on the High Line in October? Here’s a nifty guide, straight from the park itself.
Much to my undying anguish, I did not make it up to the new addition. But just last week to celebrate the opening of the Rail Yards, artist Amy Jean Porter released two beautiful renderings of High Line plants; the editions are available at 20×200 and will benefit Friends of the High Line. Keep reading for more plant photos and images of the art — prints of which you can buy, while they last, right here and here.
When winter comes, it’ll be nice to have some friendly, warm-weather blooms bursting from the wall.