Elevated Thinking: The High Line in New York City

GREAT MUSEUMS: ELEVATED THINKING: THE HIGH LINE IN NEW YORK CITY celebrates the stunning transformation of an elevated, abandoned railway into a widely acclaimed public park. Once an active train line that existed to bring food through the region and into the city, the High Line had long ago been neglected and left to decay. With only months to go before the railway was to be torn down, local groups banded together to save the hulking steel structure.  Winner 2014 CINE

Rising thirty feet above street level on Manhattan’s west side, the reimagined High Line winds through streets and bygone eras, providing at once an intimate glimpse of neighborhoods and buildings, and an elevated view of New York street activity. 

Narrated by Oscar™ award winning actress SUSAN SARANDON, this program details the remarkable efforts of a group of neighborhood activists, real estate developers, philanthropists and city officials and the architects, designers, and landscapers who created this model of urban imagination. Also featured are up-close looks at some of the High Line’s special places and of the people who call this area home.

Check HERE for more information about “Elevated Thinking: The High Line in New York City.”

Now you can own a copy of the newly release “Elevated Thinking” DVD! Visit the High Line Shop to purchase.

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VIEWS FROM THE HIGH LINE AND VIEWS OF THE HIGH LINE   View larger

VIEWS FROM THE HIGH LINE AND VIEWS OF THE HIGH LINE

The High Line opens vistas across broad avenues and busy cross streets. Here, park visitors get an elevated view of midday traffic in Chelsea.


RELAX AND SIT A WHILE View larger

RELAX AND SIT A WHILE

The 23rd St. Lawn and Seating Steps slow down the pace of the path. Here it is natural to “pull over” and rest for a while.


A MOMENT OF RESPITE IN THE CITY View larger

A MOMENT OF RESPITE IN THE CITY

The 23rd Street Lawn becomes a private backyard for land-hungry New Yorkers.


“STARCHITECTS’” ROW View larger

“STARCHITECTS’” ROW

Colorful blooms frame some of New York City’s most stunning new architecture.


IMPROMPTU PLAYGROUND View larger

IMPROMPTU PLAYGROUND

Peel-up benches become playground equipment for the park’s young visitors.


LINES, ANGLES AND SOFT CURVES View larger

LINES, ANGLES AND SOFT CURVES

Carefully curated wildflowers soften the City’s harsh edges.


THE CITY REVEALED View larger

THE CITY REVEALED

The High Line winds through neighborhoods, buildings, and years of New York City history.


NUTS, BOLTS AND BEAUTY View larger

NUTS, BOLTS AND BEAUTY

Railings and rivets of the old railroad trestle ground the showy woodland rising from the overlook at Gansevoort St.


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DESIGNED FOR MOTION

A split path under the Standard Hotel shows off the matrix planting style of the landscaping. A mix of colors, textures and sizes, and the natural wind tunnel effect teases motion out of every blade and leaf.


“WILD” TAKES A LOT OF WORK View larger

“WILD” TAKES A LOT OF WORK

Staffers work year-round to maintain the highly cultivated “wild” landscape.


LANDSCAPE AND DESIGN TOURS View larger

LANDSCAPE AND DESIGN TOURS

High Line staffers explain the park’s landscape design and the challenges of tending a garden elevated 30 feet above street-level.


HISTORIC MEATPACKING DISTRICTView larger

HISTORIC MEATPACKING DISTRICT

The daily activity of the Meat-Packing District is woven into the lush greenery of the High Line’s southern end.


I SEE YOU, YOU SEE ME View larger

I SEE YOU, YOU SEE ME

One of the High Line’s most popular features, the Sunken Overlook creates a two-way peep show. From the street, park visitors can be seen gazing at the activity below.


SEASONAL FOLIAGE FASHION SHOW View larger

SEASONAL FOLIAGE FASHION SHOW

Fall colors glow in a tangle of design elements, landscaping and historic buildings.


A PARK FOR ALL SEASONS View larger

A PARK FOR ALL SEASONS

A coating of snow and winter-bare limbs highlight the structure of High Line plantings.


YOUNG FRIENDS OF THE HIGH LINE View larger

YOUNG FRIENDS OF THE HIGH LINE

Children’s programs, led by High Line staffers, provide opportunities for the neighborhoods’ youngest members to be involved in the community.


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Artamants.com:  Saw the full special about The High Line last night on PBS.What a great inner city renewal project using natural resources as well as art and parts of the orginal trian track to creat a beautiful park.Applause to all those who particiapted through generous donations and those who did the manual labor to create as oasis of beauty in New York.

posted on 05-08-2014


George:  On my first stay in NYC in August of 2013 at Westbeth Artists Housing I had the opportunity and privilege to walk on the High Line. At my first ascent I was totally absorbed and in awe by the beauty and aliveness of this city park-museum. The High Line is an incredible and unexpected work of living art. Thanks to all who made it possible and continue to support it. What a jewel on Manhattan's west side.

posted on 05-23-2014


Frank:  . . . W o n d e r f u l L y ! d I v e r t I n g & Enlightening !

posted on 05-23-2014


William A. Westbury:  Makes me want to move to NYC

posted on 06-15-2014


Woody:  You guys did a nice job of the documentary, especially with all my friends in the "Renegade cabaret" on the 20th Street fire escape next to the High Line____Thanks

posted on 06-18-2014


Linda Carlton:  I can't wait until I can see it in person. Is the video available for sale? Thank you and WOW!

posted on 06-24-2014


Barb:  I want the DVD! Just saw it on PBS.
Called my 99 year old lady friend in Southern CA to tell her
all about it, and she aced me..she knew all about it since
she gets the NYTimes daily.

Such an impressive undertaking. I want to visit it.

posted on 04-25-2015


Jim Ross:  AWESOME Community Creativity and Innovation Showcase! Should serve as Catalyst for similar undertakings worldwide. CONGRATULATIONS to ALL both LARGE and Small who contributed to this Successful Transformation!

posted on 04-26-2015


Lisa Gigante:  I love watching shows of NYC and I look forward to going to the
High Line....born in the Bronx as was my husband and we live in Hackensack, NJ
I'm disabled and use a wheelchair...is the high line wheelchair accessible?

posted on 05-06-2015


David Scott Leibowitz :  There are five elevators from street level to the high line intended for wheelchairs at different points along the route of the Park. Google it for location listings.

**Note **local point of view: this great idea has turned into the costliest city park to maintain by far despite advertised costs before construction. As great as it is, it's popularity with tourists now supplants many of the true treasures of this city at which point, native New Yorkers just shake their heads.....

posted on 05-11-2015


Pam McCool:  Wonder flu ideas and completion-as a born in NYC-living in the mountains of Idaho--is there a DVD of this program????

posted on 08-15-2015


Barb:  The DVD is available at the gift shop which you can find on their website.

I think it is just shy of $25.











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posted on 08-15-2015


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