What started as an unlikely plan to save an elevated railway on Manhattan’s West Side has turned into an extraordinary public space.

The High Line is a 1.5-mile greenway that runs through several New York City neighborhoods. Founded by neighborhood residents, Friends of the High Line partnered with elected leaders, government officials, and supporters to preserve the historic structure and fund the transformation of the High Line into a public space. Today, working in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, Friends of the High Line manages and operates the park, and raises nearly 100% of its annual operating budget. The High Line puts on more than 400 free programs a year and hosts rotating world-class art exhibits through its High Line Art program. In 2016, the High Line saw more than seven million visitors—one third of them New York City residents. As part of its ongoing commitment to the neighborhood surrounding the park, the High Line offers teen employment opportunities that give teens important training in professional skills—from horticulture to environmental justice.

Project Details

Infrastructure Type Railway
Status Open / Ongoing
Opening Section 1: June 2009
Section 2: June 2011
Section 3: September 2014
Spur: June 2019
Size 6.7 acres, 1.5 miles
Design Team James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Piet Oudolf

Managed and operated by Friends of the High Line in partnership with the City of New York

Project Leader Robert Hammond

Steering Committee Member

Latest News / High Line

The City Life Org / May 21, 2022

The High Line Network launches the Community First Toolkit, a guide for expanding equity in public spaces

The High Line Network, a program of the High Line that supports a group of nonprofit organizations transforming underutilized infrastructure into new urban landscapes, announces the launch of its Community First Toolkit. Developed by the High Line Network in partnership with the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Urban Institute, the Community First Toolkit is an equity-based action planning resource for practitioners in the field of infrastructure reuse, as well as city officials, urban planners, nonprofit leaders, and other community members.

Daily News / September 21, 2021

Now’s the time for real park equity

The profound disruptions of COVID-19 have created new challenges for our leaders, who need to make sure New York City remains a place people want to live and work. The next city administration has an opportunity to make visionary investments in additional parks that will enhance our economic recovery while making the city more livable and equitable for a growing population.