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Anonymous
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Dear Friends,

This is a bittersweet moment for me. I'm excited to be moving on, and also sad to say goodbye.

My nearly 15 years of working on the High Line has been an amazing experience in which I learned to trust my instincts. And it's these very instincts that are telling me that now is the right time to move on, both for me and for the High Line.

Preparing to leave has been much harder than I expected it would be. But as I've been saying goodbye over the past few weeks, I've realized that it's not really the High Line that I will miss. For me, it's always been about the people.

The staff who work at the park, the donors who generously support it, the volunteers who dedicate their time. The board members who lead it, the elected officials who advocate for it, the City employees who partner with us to help us keep it thriving. The designers who created it, the neighbors who have made it their own. The visitors who travel to New York City just to visit it, and all of the people who are inspired by it. People like you who believe in the High Line.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
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Co-Founder Robert Hammond will be stepping down at the end of 2013 after nearly fifteen years of leadership at Friends of the High Line. He leaves behind a legacy that extends far beyond the mile-and-a-half of the High Line. Robert’s creative vision, entrepreneurial spirit, and irreverent approach will live on in the work we do each day, to maintain and operate the High Line.

We asked Robert to share a few favorite memories from his years at the High Line. Follow us after the jump for photos and reflections in Robert's own words.

To hear more of Robert's memories, join us on Thursday, December 5, for a special farewell talk.

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Kate Lindquist
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"Instead of a daily sales goal, I reversed the normal rules of the game and developed a daily rejection goal. If I wasn’t getting rejected, I wasn’t trying hard enough. If I got a lot of rejections, I made my goal… Sometimes rejection can be a good teacher, and sometimes you almost need to seek it out to be freed from it."

Author: 
Kate Lindquist
 

It is the question we are asked most often by visitors on the High Line: what is happening with the final section of the High Line just beyond the construction fence at West 30th Street?

Representing one-half mile of the entire historic freight rail structure, the High Line at the West Side Rail Yards wraps around an incredibly complicated development site. It has working rail yard filled with LIRR trains, plans for the city’s largest real estate project in decades, and multiple stakeholders from the public and private sectors, all of whom have unique needs.

Author: 
Kate Lindquist
Tiber Chair

One of the hallmarks of successful urban spaces all over the world is the use of movable chairs. William Whyte’s studies in The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces found that people create ownership of public space by being able to control where and how they sit. This theory was recently tested in Times Square, where the moveable chairs in the new pedestrian plaza have proven to be enormously popular.

But will the same application work in Italy? That’s what Friends of the High Line Co-Founder Robert Hammond will soon find out.

Author: 
Danya Sherman
Cabbages grow at Stoneledge Farm in upstate New York
 

There's a new farmer's market in the neighborhood-- and it's run entirely by students. Starting next week, you can stop by Wednesday mornings for some fresh seasonal veggies!

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Anonymous
Robert Hammond
 
Crain's came out with their annual 40 Under 40 list  yesterday, and the High Line's own Robert Hammond made the cut.

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