We Had a Blast at Our First Teen Night

Rail Yards Teen 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.

Rail Yards Teens tried their hands at seven different carnival games, including a basketball showdown (center) and a shooting gallery (left), to win coins and collect prizes. Photo by Rowa Lee.
 
Rail Yards Left: Teen Arts Council member Samuel Knight takes his chances in the dunk tank. Right: High Line Ranger Brian Rodriguez invites teens to try their hand at a ball toss. Photos by Rowa Lee.
 
Rail Yards High Line Teens use decorations to transform the High Line into a beach carnival. Photo by Rowa Lee.
 
Rail Yards What would a boardwalk be without hot dogs? High Line President and Co-Founder Joshua David (left) served up franks to hungry visitors. Photos by Rowa Lee.
 
Rail Yards Carnival-style popcorn!. Right: High Line Teens had help from members of Museum Teen Summit (MTS), a collective of youth leaders from different museums dedicated to improving and promoting the role of youth in the arts. Teens from other programs across the city also came out to enjoy the event, including Eyebeam and NYCSALT Above, Seunghee Kim from MTS took control of the cotton candy machine. Photos by Rowa Lee.
 
Rail Yards Fun in the sun with sand art; Right: “Beach-side” photo booth by partyshotsNY. Photos by Rowa Lee.
 
Rail Yards Teens played games, listened to music, and danced. Photo by Rowa Lee.
 
Rail Yards High Line Boardwalk was produced and hosted by the High Line Teen Arts Council, a group of local teens. From left to right, Top Row: Naylin Rivera, Paulette Rivera, Liza Rosado, Eva Polanco, Isaiah Awosiley; Bottom Row: Samuel Knight III, Asia Smith, Amanda Feliciano, Ciana Valle. Not pictured: Brian Bass. Photo by Rowa Lee.
 
Rail Yards The second High Line Teen Night: Rising Stars, will be totally new, with music by local artists H.O.O.D. Brothers and CyphTwo, Rock Star t-shirt making and screen printing, beat making, henna tattoos, and a glow-in-the-dark party. See you there! Photo by Rowa Lee.
 

TAC is part of High Line Community Engagement, which is generously supported by the Ford Foundation.

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