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As the blustery weather sets in, we all begin to long for something that will warm from the inside out.  Right now in the Chelsea Market Passage, you can find your fix in a quintessentially autumnal fashion.

Pastry Chef Erica Leahy of Craftsteak serves up fresh cinnamon-sugar donuts, hot spiced cider, and pumpkin spice muffins at their new High Line concession, "Craft Sweets."  Co-Founder Robert Hammond is addicted, saying, "I've had no desire to eat a donut since I was a kid...now I crave them."

Craft Sweets on the High Line
Open through November 12 in the Chelsea Market Passage
11:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily
[Menu of delectables after the jump]

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The Best of NYC 2009.

Hot off the presses is this year's Village Voice Best of NYC. In it, the Voice gives the High Line a big shout-out by naming it the "Best New Public Space" of 2009, calling the park "quite possibly the most relaxing spot in the city."

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Artist Spencer Finch, whose stunning The River That Flows Both Ways graces the Chelsea Market Passage on the High Line, has a solo exhibition coming up at Postmasters, his gallery in Chelsea.  Entitled The Brain–is wider than the Sky– this show will feature three new projects that continue his explorations of color, memory and light.

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Yes, you CAN see stars in New York City!

Through the end of  November join us as we team with the Amateur Astronomers Association (AAA) of New York for Astronomy on the High Line, each Tuesday at dusk. Come view the night sky using the AAA's high-powered telescopes, and get a lesson from the experts on the celestial wonders of the fall night sky.

The program takes place south of the Standard, near the Gansevoort entrance. Come gawk at the moon and Jupiter among other celestial attractions. Telescopes will be set up from dusk to 9:30 PM. In the event of a cancellation due to visibility, the AAA will update their Web site by noon on Tuesdays.

[After the jump, more photos from astronomy enthusiast Albert Dépas, taken on October 13.]

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Copyright Alex S. MacLean/Landslides Aerial Photography
 

We just received word of an exciting development at the West Side Rail Yards. The Department of City Planning has announced that the City will initiate the process to allow it to acquire the High Line above 30th Street.

The City's decision to pursue the authority to the High Line is a major step towards achieving our ultimate goals: full preservation of the historic structure north of 30th Street, including the 10th Avenue Spur, and completion of the High Line project all the way to 34th Street.

Read the full Press Release [PDF]

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pipeFelix Gonzalez-Torres Untitled (1991)
 

Recent visitors to the High Line may have noticed a billboard that has appeared on a building on 13th St., across from the Standard Hotel.  It has no text, and shows an image of an empty mussed bed, its pillows still showing the impressions of two heads.  This mysterious and evocative image is in fact a piece by the artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

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OHNY on the High Line.
 

For the seventh year, Friends of the High Line will participate in the annual openhousenewyork weekend; the largest architect and design event in America. This year, our first year of participation with the park open to the public, we invite guests to join us on the High Line for a series of eight engaging talks led by people involved in various aspects of the design, planning and construction process. These lectures will provide deeper insight into the story of the transformation of the High Line from an abandoned freight line to a successful public space.

This years OHNY weekend will take place on Saturday, October 10th and Sunday, October 11th. Please note: an error in the OHNY brochure asks guests to RSVP. RSVP's are not being accepted for this years OHNY weekend on the High Line. All lectures are first come first served.

All talks will take place in the 14th Street passage on the High Line, just South of the 14th Street stairs. All talks will take place rain or shine. We look forward to seeing you there!

[Read more for a full schedule.]

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At Friends of the High Line, we love anything that celebrates artists who work in the High Line neighborhood.  So we are excited about the annual High Line Open Studios, coming up on October 15 through 18.  Using a map, participants take themselves on self-guided tours of artist studios in the area.

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