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constructionThe pathway system's substructure at 28th Street, ready to be planked.
 

Even on frigid days like last Friday, with icy winds whipping off the Hudson, our construction team is busy at work building the landscape on Section 2 (20th Street to 30th Street). For weeks now, the team has been laying the substructure for the High Line's planking system. It's a painstaking process which involves endless measuring and leveling with a series of tiny shims to make sure the path lies completely flat despite the imperfect surface of the underlying concrete.

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Friends of the High Line staff have known neighborhood resident Tommy Flamer for a long time. Before Section 1 opened, Tommy was a fixture at all of our Rail Yards hearings, community meetings, and public programs. We would often spot him walking underneath the High Line, looking up.  Always curious and ready to chat, his excitement and friendly demeanor led to quick friendships with many of us on staff. Since the park opened, Tommy sightings on the High Line have been commonplace.

When I finally got to sit down with Tommy on a brisk December evening to ask him some questions, I found an untapped treasure chest of historical information on the High Line and the surrounding neighborhood. Tommy has lived in Chelsea since 1968, and has lived in his current home on 18th Street since 1979. As a young man he worked as a stock boy at the now defunct Valley Drugs, a pharmacy on 14th Street and 7th Avenue, and then as an elevator operator in London Terrace and at the Leo House.

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hollyWinter Red winterberry holly with grey birch in the Gansevoort Woodland.
Photo by Patrick Cullina.
 

Here's another sight-seeing item to add to your holiday list – the Winter Red winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red') that's brightening the Gansevoort Woodland with clusters of lively red fruits.

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As part of the New Yorker blog's 2009 Year in Review, architecture critic Paul Goldberger has assembled a list of the Ten Most Positive Architectural Events of 2009. At the top of the list is the High Line; Goldberger writes,

"Far and away the most uplifting thing to happen in New York this year was the completion of the first segment of the High Line, the magnificent promenade/public park atop the old elevated freight line running through West Chelsea."

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pipeHigh Line Gardener Johnny Linville test-drives one of the new maintenance trikes.
 
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Excuse the re-post, but I consider it my duty to make sure everyone watches this at least once. This little gem of a music video was shot by Art of Noise on the High Line in 1984.

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singing
 

Are you as excited as we are for another beautiful winter in New York City? Then come help us celebrate the season with the New York City Lab School Chorus and Craft Sweets for a performance of winter songs and a feast of some sweet treats on the High Line.

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