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pipeMembers of the Hudson Guild and Dances for a Variable Populations preparing for "Autumn Crossing," a dance performance coming up next month on the High Line. The group choreographs simple, spontaneous movements based on personal memories.
 

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We are introducing an exciting new program this summer – the High Line Greeter Program. High Line Greeters will provide valuable services to visitors on the High Line, welcoming them, answering questions, and providing other types of assistance during Opening activities and on limited weekends and weekday evenings.

Becoming a High Line Greeter requires a commitment of at least five three-hour shifts from June-October on the High Line, as well as attending two mandatory Greeter Training sessions.

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Join the High Line team! We're hiring for seven positions, most recently a Program Coordinator:

The Program Coordinator will administer and assist in the execution of public programs on the High Line. Reporting to the Program and Outreach Manager, the Program Coordinator will work normal business hours (10am-6pm) until the High Line opens this spring, and shift to flex hours in the summer and fall in order to manage the weekday evening and weekend programs as they are scheduled. The Program Coordinator will assist in the creation of innovative, exciting public programs on the High Line and work to build a positive, engaged community on this new public space.

View all seven job descriptions and details on how to apply.

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In preparation for the opening of the park in a few short months, Friends of the High Line currently has SEVEN positions open (with another to be announced shortly). These include several new positions in the Horticulture and Maintenance & Operations departments, in anticipation of the High Line's opening this spring.

The best way to keep in touch with our open positions, news of the park's opening, and other FHL tidbits, is through our e-mail newsletter. Subscribe here.

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2008 was a great year for the High Line. Without a completed park to play on, we've had the opportunity to get very creative with our programs--trips to Governor's Island, canoeing on the Bronx River, chalking paths to the High Line's future entrances, and more. The opening of the first section (Gansevoort Street--20th Street) is rapidly approaching and we are in the midst of planning some very exciting programs for the occasion-- for the first time, we will be able to bring the public onto the finished park.  

Here's a look at some of our events from the past year.


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Middle-school students from Chelsea's Lab School for Collaborative Studies wore special "Chalk Shoes" that they designed and cast, with the help of artist Julia Mandle. The Chalk Shoes performance was a collaborative performance art piece, using the shoes to draw lines along the sidewalks of Chelsea, leading the way to the High Line's future access points.


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High Line supporters sketch on the High Line rail yards' section, as part of last spring's High Line Sketching Classes with artist Ann DeVere.

More after the jump...


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block partyWe throw a good party! This is the Kitchen High Line
Block Party last year

Come celebrate the launch of our new design publication on July 30 under the High Line!

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The High Line is well on its way to becoming New York's first park in the sky, with plants taking root in late summer and the first section on schedule to open by the end of 2008. Keep up to date with the High Line's progress here on the Blog, written by Friends of the High Line's staff members:

Design!

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Paddlers enjoy a history lesson about Concrete
Plant Park, opening to the public in September
 

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.


More photos after the jump.

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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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