Director of Park Services, Friends of the High Line. USA

Presentation: The High Line and New York City: A Tourism Dream

Tim Ries has worked in the tourism industry in New York City for the past 11 years. Prior to that, he spent 10 years in the film industry, experience that exposed him to New York’s many unsung, unappreciated, and unknown locations.

Tim joined Friends of the High Line in 2010. As a member of the initial (and current) team that worked to build and maintain New York City’s most extraordinary public space, he has helped thousands of visitors to engage with this remarkable industrial artifact.

Today, whether visitors to the High Line are in search of the park’s stunning landscape; unique views of the surrounding city; specially commissioned art installations; locally sourced and artisanal snacks; or participation in any number of public programs such as tours, yoga, stargazing, and more, Tim’s job is to ensure that all visitors have a first-rate experience. Additionally, Tim oversees the park rangers, custodians and volunteers, making certain that park operations and visitor engagement are of the highest quality.

Working at Friends of the High Line has been a natural fit for Tim as he is passionate about public spaces, the built environment, and nature. He recently co-authored an entry about the High Line in Savoring Gotham: A Food Lover's Companion to New York City, and has presented at the New York Times Travel Show. As a licensed NYC sightseeing guide, he has led hundreds of tours.

When he is not walking along the High Line chatting with visitors, Tim keeps busy by exploring NYC’s obscure corners with his spouse and son and collecting vintage postcards. He lives in Brooklyn.