The second edition, fully revised & updated, of my book On the High Line: Exploring America’s Most Original Urban Park, was published in 2014. First issued in 2012, it was the first illustrated guide to the High Line. With a preface and contributions by Rick Darke. Winner of the 2013 IPPY Award presented by the Independent Publishers for Travel Guidebook.
With more than 400 photos and a ten-page, foldout map, it’s a friend-at-your-side guide to everything a visitor sees when strolling through the park: the innovative gardens and their thousands of plants from around the world; the architecture, both old and new; and a neighborhood whose lively history includes the birth of the railroads, the Manhattan Project, S & M clubs, and the legendary Tenth Avenue Cowboy.
“I thought there was not much I did not know about the High Line but I learned so much about the history and the neighborhood. People are going to love it.” — Robert Hammond, co-founder, Friends of the High Line
“Packed with photos expressing exactly how much the High Line Park has contributed to city life…the book captures exactly the delightful design and planting [and] the spirit of each little section of the park…It has the gentle reader reaching for the internet to start looking for plane tickets.” — The Independent (London)
“This book captures the experience of the High Line, setting it in historical and cultural context, and illustrating how a city can meld its industrial heritage into a vibrant new landscape that can be enjoyed by millions. ” — Piet Oudolf, landscape designer, the High Line
“The High Line is a unique elevated celebration of nature and the city and this book shows all aspects of this brilliant project captured in spectacular photographs.” — Lynden B. Miller, public garden designer, The Conservatory Garden (NYC) and author of Parks, Plants and People
“Rails to trails! Dead tech repurposed — beautiful, and insanely popular. FDR Drive, you’re next!” — David Byrne, musician, artist
I give slideshow lectures about the High Line and conduct private walking tours to groups of all ages. If you’re interested, please email me via the contact form.