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Author: 
Emily Pinkowitz
2014 Teen Arts Council. Photo by Friends of the High LineThe Teen Arts Council: Our group is small; our vision is big – taking Friends of the High Line into the future! Photo by Friends of the High Line

This blog post was written by Teen Arts Council members William Natal, Eva Polanco, and Pedro Hidalgo.

The Teen Arts Council, or TAC, is a group of teenagers who are seasonally employed by Friends of the High Line. While working at the High Line, TAC plans, organizes, and creates two teen nights each July and August in the the park's 14th Street Passage. Come meet us at our first event, 90s in NYC, on Thursday, July 17. Read more about us after the jump!

Author: 
Erika Harvey
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Earlier this week High Line staff, Summer Youth Corps, and Teen Arts Council members were thrilled to host a series of activities as part of our neighborhood's National Night Out, an afternoon and evening of festivities organized by the PSA4 Community Council, Fulton Houses Tenant Association, and Fulton Youth of the Future. National Night Out involves 15,000 communities across the United States and Canada, and even military bases abroad, with a goal of promoting safe communities and neighborhood camaraderie.

Read more and see more photos after the jump.

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Programming Staff
Rail YardsTeen Arts Council member Amanda Feliciano (far left) dances with a visitor at the High Line Boardwalk, our first Teen Night. Photo by Rowa Lee.
 

On Thursday, July 18, Friends of the High Line and the High Line Teen Arts Council, welcomed more than 275 teens to the first High Line Teen Night. The theme was “High Line Boardwalk,” and visitors ate cotton candy, danced to summer jams, and tried their luck at carnival games.

Four months in the making, the event was produced entirely by local teens—and they made sure that we all had a blast! Check out more photos from the night after the jump. And mark your calendars for the second High Line Teen Night: Rising Stars, on Thursday, August 15.

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Programming Staff
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If you have been on the High Line in the past few weeks, you might have noticed a lot of changes: the park feels lush and green again, the Chelsea Market passage is buzzing with visitors, and we have some new faces among our dedicated staff.

We want to take this moment to introduce two new staff members, Liza Rosado and Javier Montero. Liza has joined the Merchandise team as a Sales Associate, selling wonderful High Line gear that directly supports our operation. And Javier has joined our visitor services team as a High Line Ranger. While these are new roles for both of them, Liza and Javier have been part of the High Line family for more than a year now.

Author: 
Erika Harvey
The Teen Picks Film Committee brought together a group of local teens who conceived of and planned a three-screening film series from start to finish. Photo by Daniella Zalcman
 

This special blog post comes to you from Luz Delma Adon, Raquel Rosado, Liza Rosado, and Juwan Stone, who, with Hahillah Ahmed, Brian Bass, Gabrielle (Gabby) Bruno, Carla Hernández, Winona Holderbaum, and Javier Montero served as members of the High Line Teen Film Committee. Together, these local teens worked with staff at Friends of the High Line to curate and produce a free summer film series, called High Line Teen Picks, which took place over the course of three weeks in August, thanks in part to support from AT&T.

Over the course of this project, we were asked many times, “Why did you choose these movies for the film series?”

The High Line itself is a reinvention, built by people who didn’t give up. Teen Picks consisted of different types of movies – a romance, an action flick, and a drama – but even though they differ from one another, each one relates to the High Line. Each movie features underdog characters who never give up on their beliefs and dreams, and that is what the High Line is all about. The High Line was going to be knocked down, but since people believed in it and wanted to make something of it, they fought for it, and today it remains standing.

When we set out to curate Teen Picks, our first task was to select three movies that fit our theme. We started with a selection of 20 movies, but we had to narrow it down. After three months of reviewing the films, we got the list down to the final four: Step Up, The Notebook, Real Steel, and Freedom Writers.

Four movies for only three film screenings. Weird right?

Author: 
Erika Harvey
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We surveyed community members living near the High Line last year, and many teens expressed interest in attending film screenings at the park. So this year, we’ve recruited local teens to help us curate and coordinate an entire series of free summer movies.

The series is called High Line Teen Picks, and it begins on Thursday, August 2 with an audience choice. Follow us after the jump to help us decide which movie – Step Up or The Notebook – should kick off the series.

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