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Google Street View now features the High Line between Gansevoort Street and West 30th Street, allowing you to plan your visit, take a virtual stroll, and explore the park in a whole new way. As part of an broader initiative to give virtual access to parks around the world, Google visited the High Line in June, 2011 to capture the park in the glory of spring.

Read more about the project on our blog.

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The future of the final section of the High Line at the West Side Rail Yards took a major step forward today.

For the very first time, all stakeholders have now publicly stated their commitment to preserving and transforming the High Line at the West Side Rail Yards, including the spur over 10th Avenue, into public open space.

Today’s announcement was made at a press conference to mark a lease agreement between the Related Companies and Coach. The New York-based retail company, which is currently based on West 34th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues, plans to occupy 600,000 square feet of new office space within a new building to be built at the northwest corner of 10th Avenue and West 30th Street. The Related Companies will begin construction of the building in 2012, effectively breaking ground on the planned development for the Hudson Yards.

Read the Mayor’s press release to learn more about the development project.

At the press conference, Mayor Bloomberg announced two pieces of major news for the High Line:

  • CSX Transportation, Inc., the private rail freight company that still owns the High Line at the West Side Rail Yards, has agreed, in principle, to donate this last remaining section to the City of New York, just like it did for the High Line south of West 30th Street, and
  • The City of New York has reached an agreement, in principle, with the State of New York and the Related Companies to preserve the entire historic structure of the High Line at the West Side Rail Yards, including the spur over 10th Avenue, and is working to open the High Line all the way to West 34th Street to the public as soon as possible.

The details of the necessary legal agreements to allow the High Line to move forward still need to be finalized, but this consensus is without a doubt the most significant step toward our ultimate goal of preserving the entire historic High Line.

Once the City’s acquisition is complete, Friends of the High Line expects to design and operate this section of the High Line through a public-private partnership with the City of New York, just like the park south of West 30th Street. We have already made significant progress on raising private funding to support the High Line’s final section and build the park’s endowment, including a $20 million commitment from the Diller – von Furstenberg Family Foundation, as well as $5 million pledges from The Tiffany & Co. Foundation and Donald Pels and Wendy Keys. We are also grateful to other generous supporters who have funded our advocacy work and all rail yards programming: the New York Community Trust and its LuEsther T. Mertz Advised Fund, Greenacre Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

There is more work to be done, of course. We look forward to working with all of the stakeholders to finalize the City’s acquisition. We would like to thank Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Quinn, the Metropolitan Transit Authority, Manhattan Community Boards 2 and 4, the Related Companies, and Coach for their commitment to the High Line. We would also like to thank CSX Transportation, Inc. for its commitment to donate the final section of the High Line to the City, and for its historic and ongoing support for the project.

Crews have cleared the ice from teh High Line's paths, and the entire park, between Gansevoort Street and West 30th Street, is now open to the public. Visit the blog to learn more about our process for removing ice from the High Line's paths.

Please check back for the latest updates and information.

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Due to unsafe conditions created by the persistent snow, the High Line is closing early on Saturday, October 29. Visitors should anticipate a delayed opening of the High Line on Sunday, October 30, to allow crews to clear the stairs and pathways for visitors.

Please check back for latest updates and information or follow @highlinenyc on Twitter.

The High Line will remain closed on Sunday, October 30 due to unsafe conditions created by heavy ice. To protect the plants and path, we do not use corrosive rock salt or chemicals to melt ice and snow. Instead, we rely on warmer temperatures and hand shovels to remove ice from the park's pathway.

Today's High Line Program, Halloween Hi-Jinks on the High Line, is cancelled.

Visitors should anticipate a delayed opening of the High Line on Monday, October 31 to allow crews to finish clearing the ice. Please check back for latest updates and information or follow @highlinenyc on Twitter.

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Halloween Hi-Jinks on the High Line is cancelled. To ensure everyone's safety and to allow crews to clear the ice, the park will remain closed on Sunday, October 30.

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EnlargeHalloween Hi Jinks

Dress in costume and bring the whole family to the first-ever High Line Halloween Parade. A giant haunted train made by kids from local public schools will lead the parade to the Chelsea Market Passage, where families can enjoy face-painting, spooky tunes, and playtime with the Children’s Workyard Kit. From 12:00 - 4:00 PM, you can even purchase a pumpkin you pick out yourself—using your artistic talents to decorate it or just take it home to enjoy.

Visit our Event Calendar to learn more.

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High Line Art, presented by Friends of the High Line, is pleased to present Sue de Beer’s Haunt Room, which opens Friday, October 28 on the High Line.

Located in the 14th Street Passage on the High Line, Haunt Room is an interactive public art installation designed to induce haunted feelings by exposure to infrasound.

Join us this evening from 5:00 to 7:00 PM for the opening reception with the artist. Halloween costumes are encouraged!

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We are pleased to share exciting news: the Diller – von Furstenberg Family Foundation has made a $20 million commitment to the High Line, which is the largest single private contribution to a public park in New York City’s history.

This unprecedented pledge, made by Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg, will support our fundraising efforts to transform the final, undeveloped section of the High Line at the West Side Rail Yards and help build an endowment for the park’s long-term maintenance and operations.

In 2005, when the High Line was a beautiful design on paper, many people said it was an impossible dream. Barry, Diane, and their family stepped forward at that crucial moment with visionary support that helped catalyze the construction of the first section of the High Line.

Later, during the turmoil of the financial crisis in 2008 and 2009, they stepped forward again to make sure that the second section of the High Line could be built to the same standards of design and to begin an endowment for the park’s long-term operations.

Now, understanding the importance of our mission to secure the entire historic High Line at the West Side Rail Yards, and to build our endowment, they have come forward once again to meet the High Line’s most pressing needs.

With this pledge, the Diller – von Furstenberg family has donated a total of $35 million to the High Line, demonstrating their leadership in preserving and transforming the High Line into a public park to be enjoyed by New Yorkers for generations to come.

View the press release to learn more about this historic gift, or read about it in the New York Times.

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Bicycling is a great way to get around and experience New York City in a whole new way. Join us on Tuesday, October 25 between 11:00 and 3:00 PM to learn more about New York City’s Bike Share Program, and go for a spin on one of the demonstration bikes from bike share programs in cities around the world.

Visit our Event Calendar for details.

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