Reviews & Praise

"Great…I thought there was not much I didn't 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, and co-author of High Line: The Inside Story of New York City's Park in the Sky

“With hundreds of photos spanning the years before, during and after the site’s construction, the book lends context to the reclaimed urban space that has become one of the city’s most popular attractions.” 

  Wall Street Journal 

“fascinating...A must for anyone who plans to visit the High Line” — Chicago Tribune

“Engrossing. . . . Bursting with insights on history, botany, geography, architecture, and the arts, La Farge takes readers on a tour of the park from the ‘Slow Stairs’ at the southern end to the Tenth Avenue Spur. Gorgeous full-color photographs enhance the view on nearly every page. A marvelous guidebook for visitors and readers interested in New York City history or urban planning.” — Publishers Weekly

“Reading this revised edition of the 2012 guide will make the casual tourist, and perhaps even an oblivious Manhattanite, seek out a section of the park (or maybe even the entire route) for a stroll. . . . The prize goes to the volume’s photographs. . . .Recommended for those living in or planning to visit New York City.” — Library Journal

"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)

“LaFarge gives a good account of the campaign to save and transform the High Line and along the way — quite literally — she drip-feeds us with a torrent of informative snippets, both generally municipal and specifically horticultural. “ — Hortus

"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, and author of Landscapes in Landscapes

"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

"This book describes in an abundance of illustrations and photographs one of the most fascinating urban parks in America, the High Line in Manhattan…The High Line is a brillant and successful project, and this book captures the essence of it with excellent photographs and text."

 Chicago Botanic Garden

“[Annik LaFarge’s] book, with its plentiful facts and photographs and 3-foot-long foldout map, is the perfect guide to take…” 

 Interior Design 

“The photographs spectacularly capture the vibrance and beauty of the High Line for the many different things that it is, which includes being a lightning rod for other artistic visions.” 


“…a book that will give pleasure and respite to all who love New York City but wish it were somehow quieter, prettier, more conducive to contemplation without electronic devices buzzing from all sides.”  

 Hudson Valley News