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A while back, we got to thinking that our office operations should reflect the values inherent in the High Line itself, as well as our own staff's personal commitment to environmental conservation. Recently, two larger non-profits built themselves new LEED certified offices (NYC Audubon Society and the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment). We got jealous.

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... And so can you! There are still a few spots remaining for the remaining Sketching the High Line classes with artist Ann DeVere.

Last Saturday was the first class, and it was a really wonderful experience. Ann led us through a series of warm-up exercises to get our creative juices flowing, and then we sat for few longer sketches, observing and recording the unique viewpoint we had of the High Line and its surroundings.

Don't miss this great opportunity!

There are spaces available for the following dates: May 10, May 17, and May 31; click here to sign up. All classes begin at 11 am and end at 12:30 pm. These classes are identical, so registration is only permitted for one class. Members receive a discount; click here for more information about becoming a member. More photos after the jump.


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Searching for a downtown alternative to the Armory show this weekend? Look no further than Pier 40, which will house the PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, exhibiting works in all media from over 70 international galleries.

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On Tuesday night we had our first membership event: a lecture with the High Line's planting designer, Piet Oudolf. You may have seen Piet's beautiful work in the gardens at Battery Park City, Millennium Park in Chicago, or at other sites elsewhere around the world.

Piet discussed his theory of planting design, which he describes as "inspired by nature". He then took us through the planting design plan for the High Line. The planting beds will vary based on the landscape design; some areas will be planted to feel more like a meadow, some a prairie, some woodland, and so on. This variation is based on the different microclimates that developed naturally on the High Line after trains stopped running on it. Piet also uses perennials that require less maintenance, and will look good throughout all four seasons.


'Brown is also a color': Planting Design Piet Oudolf Accepts Death

Another one of Piet's presentations is on our Web site.

Photos from Tuesday's presentation are after the jump.


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Last night we partied with our neighbor Edris as she celebrated her salon's 5th anniversary. With a bouncer out front of our building, a dance floor full of old friends from the neighborhood, and great food and wine, we couldn't have thought of a better way to spend a Monday night. Congratulations, Edris!


More photos after the jump.

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What is sure to be the first of many business and residential structures built around it, a new branch of the posh Equinox gym opened January 3 under, between, and overlooking the High Line. Their lobby incorporates the High Line's support columns, and the yoga studio looks directly onto the Line itself.

More pictures after the jump.

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The New York Chapter of the American Society for Landscape Architects is seeking a full-time Executive Director. Applications are due February 29th and should include a one-page cover letter and resume to info@asla.org.

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New York isn't the only city to be blessed with out-of-use elevated railway-- while back home in Chicago last year, I took a hike on the Bloomingdale Trail, the three-mile-long unused rail embankment that runs through Chicago's residential west side.

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The plant-covered trail, which trains stopped using in the 1980's, is just 15 feet tall and runs in close proximity to neighborhood schools, playgrounds, and backyards. Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail started in 2003 to seize this exciting opportunity to create new community recreation and park space.

  More pictures and history after the jump.

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