The Definitive Guide to the High Line w/ Annik LaFarge

The Definitive Guide to the High Line w/ Annik LaFarge

All Photos Courtesy of Annik LaFarge, Author Headshot by Rick Darke

Celebrate the 15th anniversary of the High Line with High Line historian Annik LaFarge as she shares the story of how an innovative elevated railroad built to solve a critical problem in the 1930s became a world-class park that inspired cities around the world!

  • Learn about the dangerous situation caused by freight trains running up and down the avenues, which led to the iconic figure of the West Side Cowboy and, eventually, a viaduct that became “The Lifeline of New York”
  • Discover how warehouses and buildings along the viaduct stored everything from coffee, meat, and pianos to processed uranium
  • Uncover the connection between the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and the present site of the Whitney Museum
  • Hear of the wild garden that spontaneously emerged on the High Line after trains stopped running and the importance it had in the horticultural design of the park
  • Learn about the philosophy of Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf who, with landscape architects Field Operations, conceived the garden design
  • Locate hidden gems along park, from the giant bakery that shipped Mallomars and Animal Crackers to the spot across from the Interim Walkway where Alexander Hamilton fought – and lost – a duel in 1804

About the event:

In a talk illustrated with hundreds of historic, contemporary, aerial and rooftop photographs, LaFarge unpacks the layers of history in the landscape — industrial, transportation, food, entertainment, military, horticultural, architectural — so a new or returning visitor can best appreciate the full story of this unique, one-and-a-half-mile-long elevated park.

About Annik LaFarg

Annik LaFarge is a writer, photographer, and editor. She’s the author of On the High Line: A Definitive Guide, published in its 3rd edition by Fordham University Press / Empire State Editions in May 2024. The companion website is at She has been writing about the High Line and other innovative urban landscapes since 2009 on the blog She is also the author of Chasing Chopin: A Musical Journey Across Three Centuries, Four Countries, and a Half-Dozen Revolutions (Simon & Schuster 2020 and 2021; companion website at

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