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On Saturday, 60 High Line supporters ventured up to Hunt's Point in the South Bronx for a tour of the Bronx River--by canoe. Staff from the Bronx River Alliance guided us down the river past a dynamic combination of still-functioning industry, new parkland, and a host of wildlife (crabs, egrets, mussels, you name it). We started off at Hunts Point Riverside Park, which is part of the new greenway project spearheaded by the Sustainable South Bronx. The project seeks to create a network of walking and biking paths, new parks, and water recreation, ensuring that residents of the South Bronx get their fair share of green space and access to the waterfront.

Members of Friends of the High Line receive a discount and hear about our public programs first--to become a member, click here.

If you missed the tour this weekend, never fear--the Bronx River Alliance holds public tours all summer long. Click here to see a schedule of upcoming events [PDF].

Relatedly, The Floating Pool Lady will offer an alternative to Hunts Pointers to swimming in the Bronx River for the next three summers.


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It's not too late to join us and Alex Feleppa, director of horticulture for the Horticultural Society of New York, for a naturalist walk on the rail yards section of the High Line. The walks are this Saturday, June 7 (there are three sessions.)

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This afternoon, sixty 8th-grade art students from the Lab School for Collaborative Studies donned tall, blocky shoes made of green chalk and scuffed West along the streets of Chelsea and the Meatpacking District, drawing chalk lines with their feet that ended at three future access points to the High Line.

The choreographed performance was Chalk Shoes to the High Line, a project we created with performance artist Julia Mandle, as part of our ongoing education program with the Lab School. (Today's walk was the culmination of a unit on performance art, which we certainly never learned about in middle school!)

Hopefully you caught the performance on the street today or saw the bold green chalk lines it left behind.  If not, you can check out an exhibition of the chalk shoes, as well as photos and video of the performance, at the Leo Kesting Gallery starting May 15.

More photos after the jump.

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[Restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and New York City's Irish Hunger Memorial by Robert Silman Associates]

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ohnyFHL Volunteers B.C. Roberts and Patrick Kennedy check in visitors at OHNY 2007 last October
 

Working with our volunteers is one of my favorite parts of my job.  Friends of the High Line has about 115 active volunteers, all of them dynamic individuals who care about the future of New York City.

Last month, we held a volunteer orientation for current and prospective volunteers at the General Theological Seminary in Chelsea.  The beginning of the year is a good time to bring everyone together for an update on where we are in the construction process, as well as give a heads-up as to what events and projects are coming down the pike in 2008.  There are lots of ways to get involved, including staffing special events, working in our office helping to get out big mailings, or serving as a volunteer docent on the High Line during openhousenewyork.  And with the High Line's opening scheduled to take place before the end of the year, there will be a huge need for volunteer support going forward.

If you're interested in becoming a Friends of the High Line volunteer, please e-mail volunteer@thehighline.org.

More photos of our awesome volunteers in action after the jump.


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