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Ana Nicole Rodriguez
Chase Emmons, managing partner & apiary director of Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm, stands next to a colorful beehive. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm.

In anticipation of next week’s High Line Honey Day, we sat down with one of our favorite beekeepers to talk about honey (what else?). We invite you to join us on Wednesday, July 31, for a fun afternoon with artisanal beekeepers and special honey-infused offerings from the High Line’ s food vendors. Until then, Chase Emmons, managing partner & apiary director at Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm, tells us the “buzz” about urban beekeeping. He shares how he shed his corporate suit—preferring jeans and a tee—to spend his days beekeeping.

Amelia Krales
Citi BikeLate-day light floods the passageway underneath the High Line at 16th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues. There are six Citi Bike stations along the High Line between Gansevoort and 28th Streets. Photo by Juan Valentin

Earlier this week you may have seen the New York Times piece “High Line’s Best-Kept Secret: It’s a Fast Commute,” which points out how many local residents use the High Line as a means to get to work. One of our favorite ways to get up and down the West Side of Manhattan—other than walking the High Line, of course—is on two wheels along the city’s great bike lanes.

If you don’t have your own bike, you no longer have an excuse. Citi Bike, New York City’s new bike-sharing program, has stations all over the city to pick up or drop off a bike, including six stations directly under the High Line, and many more in the neighborhood. The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) reports that biking in the city is at an all-time high, even re-tweeting Citi Bike’s recent report of 100,000 rides within three days!

Get biking this summer with these handy resources:
2013 New York City Bike Map
Citi Bike station locations
High Line bike rack locations

Ana Nicole Rodriguez

From her early days of cooking in college to working abroad in a gourmet restaurant, Georgia Flaum of Terroir at the Porch has mastered the art of making people happy through delicious food and friendly service. In this series of Faces Behind the Food, we sit down with Georgia to hear why she loves her work on the High Line. For hours and locations of all of our vendors, see High Line Food.

Tell us about yourself and your passion for food and drink, including any fun or unusual facts that we might not know. Any secret talents, perhaps?

I come from a big foodie family, but I didn't become interested in cooking until I had my own kitchen junior year of college. That year, I started a food blog and decided I’d travel as much as possible to experience new cuisines. When I studied abroad in Israel later in the year, I participated in an internship program in central Jerusalem where I worked in the kitchen of a gourmet restaurant called Eucalyptus. I didn't get paid, and I didn't speak Hebrew (hardly anyone spoke English), but I did learn a lot about the flow of a restaurant.

When I graduated from Wesleyan University two years ago, I knew I wanted to move to New York City and work in the food industry. But I had no idea where to start. I was intimidated to work in a restaurant kitchen with little experience and formal training, so I started as a busser at Hearth—Terroir's flagship restaurant—to experience the city’s restaurant scene. I worked my way up in various customer-facing roles. Now I run Terroir at the Porch on the High Line as general manager.

Jennette Mullaney

On June 24, Paul Levy of Center City District and Leah Murphy of Interface Studio and Friends of the Rail Park came to the High Line to discuss the future of Philadelphia’s Reading Viaduct. To discover what’s in store for this former city rail line, view our full-length video of the event.

For more information on the Viaduct, see “Atop Its Predecessor, Laying Out Future Options for Philly’s Reading Viaduct” by our media partner Next City.

“Beyond the High Line: Transforming Philadelphia” is part of an ongoing series of free talks to educate and inspire conversation about the transformation of the country's out-of-use industrial infrastructure into public open space. Join us on Monday, September 23, for a discussion on Staten Island’s Fresh Kills—a former landfill that is being redesigned as a public park.

Erika Harvey
On hot summer days, visitors are thankful for the shade provided by the park's trees, like the Whitespire gray birch. Photo by Friends of the High Line

The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees — each chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, diversity, and seasonal variation in color and texture. Some of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are reflected in the park landscape today.

This week we share with you one of our gardeners’ current favorites.

Kat Widing
The artist (bottom center) installing her High Line Commission Untitled. Photo by Friends of the High Line.

With less than a month left to see Virginia Overton’s beloved pickup truck before it says its goodbyes, we thought this was a perfect time to spotlight Overton’s High Line Commission in relation to her prolific career.

Read more after the break.

Amelia Krales
Photo by Eddie Crimmins A dedicated group of photographers braved a rainy night for a fun photo walk on the High line. Photo by Eddie Crimmins

Four High Line Volunteer Photographers joined us for an evening photo walk last Friday, July 12, to document Manhattanhenge, scheduled to occur that night. Mother Nature had other plans as thick gray clouds gathered over the city that afternoon and a steady rain drenched the park. Undeterred by the weather, we walked down the High Line – all trying to keep our cameras and ourselves dry – capturing some fun, unexpected pictures along the way. High Line contributing photographer, Eddie Crimmins caught this intimate conversation between two visitors equally undiscouraged by summer rain in the Tenth Avenue Square, on the High Line at West 17th Street. Too see more photos from the evening visit the High Line Flickr Pool.

Learn more about all of the High Line’s volunteer opportunities.

Ana Nicole Rodriguez

Learning to bake cookies alongside his nurturing mother, Julian Plyter of Melt Bakery unknowingly discovered his life’swork . In this installment of Faces Behind the Food, Julian shares memories from his childhood, when he first learned to roll out cookie dough and used fruit picked ripe for his cookies. This early introduction to baking led Julian to pursue baking professionally and open up the beloved Melt Bakery. For hours and locations of all of our vendors, see High Line Food.

Tell us about yourself and your passion for food and drink, including any fun or unusual facts that we might not know. (Any secret talents, perhaps?)

I have been an avid supporter of local food since I was a kid, picking peaches in my great-grandfather's backyard, picking cherries with my mom from our own tree, and planting and cultivating gardens with my family. I am also a classically trained pianist, although it's been a while; not sure if there's any talent left in that pool! My favorite composer to play was always Chopin. My paternal grandmother was actually my first piano teacher, and she gave me many of my beloved cookie recipes as well.

The earliest memory I have is rolling cookie dough at the age of four using old-fashioned tools like cherry pitters and wooden spoons belonging to my grandmother. We had orange-and-green wallpaper in the kitchen that I can still visualize, too. My mother inspired my love of baking. I’ve spent countless hours beside my mother learning to replicate her recipes, but no one can make better cinnamon buns than she. In our hometown, she also reigns as queen of homemade pies. The classic Melt cookie is a chocolate-chip walnut, adapted from one of my mother’s old recipes.

Programming Staff
Free Teen Night on July 18, 2013Our Teen Arts Council has been hard at work planning our first Teen Night. Photo by Beverly Israely

Friends of the High Line is excited to present its first ever Teen Night this Thursday, July 18, at 6:00 PM in the 14th Street Passage. This boardwalk-themed evening is the first of two fun events planned by our very own Teen Arts Council, or TAC.

Our TAC team is a group of ten local teens we’ve hired to plan two awesome party nights for New York City teens this summer. For the past five months they have met on a weekly basis—attending other teen events around the city and meeting with other teen groups in preparation of producing their own event. And the night has finally arrived!

This Thursday’s event, High Line Boardwalk, will include carnival games, tasty treat, great music by DJ empanadamn, and even some fortune telling.

Whether you want to challenge yourself at the dunk tank, dance into the evening, leave with some hard-earned prizes, or enjoy the tasty, free food, just make sure not to miss this fun event. High Line Boardwalk will begin at 6:00 PM and ends at 9:30 PM.

If you’d like to make a music request, please share it on the Facebook event page.

Ana Nicole Rodriguez
Green Corps GraduatesWearing big smiles, this year's Green Corps graduates hold up their certificates.

The High Line Green Corps program saw its first graduation on Saturday, June 28, with proud mothers and siblings in attendance. “How can we be better neighbors?” was the thoughtful question leading to the creation of the High Line’s Green Corps program—an intensive six-month paid program for local teens that increases understanding of environmental science and green jobs, while also strengthening the relationship between the High Line and its young community members. This year’s graduating class was especially passionate and lively—a testament to the program’s success.


The graduates shared highlights of the program in between eating a delicious spread of rice and beans and turkey empanadas cooked by the teens. Graduate Beatrice Ramos—with her young sister listening—spoke about the new sense of responsibility the program instilled in her. “I recycle now and know the benefits of keeping my city clean,” she said. Echoing her sentiment, graduate Raquel Rosado shared, “I’ve learned to love plants. Now it’s my job to care for them.”

The program’s instructors, Gahl Shottan and Jordan Aponte, aim to do precisely that—encourage young teens to see themselves as environmental stewards of the city, whether they are on the High Line or in any other green space. The program focuses on: green infrastructure, urban horticulture, and agricultural sustainability- including the relationship between food and health. Students learn through field trips, presentations with guest speakers, and team hands-on projects. This year's Green Corps weeded the garden at a local elementary school, P.S. 33, planted bulbs in nearby tree pits, and cut back over a quarter-mile of plantings as part of the High Line’s annual Spring Cutback.

Green Corps began last year as a week-long alternative spring break, through generous support from the Nathan Cummings Foundation. Over 60 applicants, many from local NYCHA complexes, applied for the ten spots in this pilot week. Friends of the High Line realized there was a need for this kind of programming. One graduate from last year, Carla Hernandez, went on to enter the Green City Force's Clean Energy Corps. Through support from the Ford Foundation and the Palette Fund, the breadth and scope of this year's program has expanded.