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Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe is moving on to The Trust for Public Land. Photo by Tom Kletecka
 

This week Adrian Benepe, the commissioner of the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, leaves his post to join The Trust for Public Land.

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Evenings offer an opportunity to experience the park and the surrounding cityscape in a unique way. Photo by Liz Ligon
 

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The vines of Major Wheeler coral honeysuckle climb up the vegetal screen between West 17th and West 18th Streets. Stop by this week to enjoy its bright red blooms. Photo by Patrick Cullina
 

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.

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Young volunteers painting a mural on the side of a commercial building in downtown Detroit. Photo by David Schalliol.
 

Long recognized as one of the country’s most challenged urban centers, Detroit is now undergoing an important renaissance, with new real estate investment, the return of local businesses from the suburbs, and a growing downtown office market. What role does public space play in the city’s revitalization?

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The rail yards section will extend the High Line’s distinct design vocabulary established south of West 30th Street, evoking the High Line’s history as an active freight rail line, and the unique self-seeded landscape that grew between the tracks when the trains stopped running in the 1980s.
 

We have made major advances at the rail yards this summer.

Last week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Speaker Christine Quinn announced that the City of New York has acquired the High Line at the rail yards from CSX Transportation, Inc., bringing us one step closer toward starting construction. Our next steps are fundraising to pay for transforming the rail yards section into a public park, and collaborating on the design with our City partners and the team of James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf.

Last night we presented the latest design renderings at community input meeting, where more than 200 supporters joined us to share feedback and ask questions.

Follow us after the jump to view some of the new design renderings.

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presentationThe news marks an important point in the history of the High Line. This elevated railway viaduct, originally built in 1934 to carry freight trains, is now entirely owned by the City of New York and poised to be fully transformed into a one-of-a-kind public space. Photo by Barry Munger
 

We have exciting news to share with you.

The City of New York has acquired the title to the third and final section of the High Line from CSX Transportation, Inc. The transfer of ownership paves the way to begin construction so that the last stretch can open to the public one day soon.

Follow us after the jump to read about what this means for the High Line.
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Melissa Fisher, Chief Operating Officer at Friends of the High Line, will be moving on from New York City with her husband later this year. Photo by Barry Munger
 

We have some bittersweet news to share with you. Later this year, Melissa Fisher, our Chief Operating Officer, will be moving on from Friends of the High Line when she and her husband will be undertaking a unique land development opportunity in Virginia.

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The 23rd Street Lawn is a popular gathering space on the High Line, offering open green space for picnicking, sunbathing, and people-watching.

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Last night we hosted the Summer Party on the High Line presented by Coach, a unique fundraising event for the park. Photo by Billy Farrell
 

Thanks to all who came out to last night’s Summer Party on the High Line presented by Coach.

The event brought together the High Line and Coach – two iconic New York institutions that represent the creative energy of the city – to celebrate the spirit of summer with a carnival-inspired event. This year’s Summer Party featured a fortune teller, boardwalk games, carnival prizes from Coach, delicious food and drink at sunset, and dancing into the night with DJ Kiss.

We would like to extend a special thank you to Coach for presenting this event. Thanks to its generous underwriting, 100 percent of the proceeds from ticket sales are going directly toward the High Line, helping us keep the park clean, the plants beautiful, and the public engaged through free art, tours, talks, and kids activities all year long.

Follow us after the jump for more photos.

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