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This October, FHL, in conjunction with Open House New York, will present an audio tour of notable sites in the High Line district. This innovative, self-guided tour, which can be accessed for free from any cell phone, will kick off during the 4th Annual Open House New York (OHNY) weekend, October 7 – 8.

The tour is expected to include recorded messages from Kevin Bacon, Glenn Close, Tom Colicchio, James Corner, Edward Norton, Anne Pasternak, Ric Scofidio, and Diane von Furstenberg. Tour maps will be available at FHL's High Line viewing site, at 820 Washington Street, in the Meatpacking District, during OHNY weekend. They will also be available for download at and beginning in October.

Tour markers with phone numbers will be located throughout the High Line district, near sites of significance to the High Line. At each site, participants can use a cell phone to call the number and listen to a message from a prominent High Line supporter.

High Line Cell Phone Tour
October 7 – 31, 2006
Maps available October 7 – 8 at High Line OHNY viewing location, 820 Washington Street (at Gansevoort Street), and online beginning October 7 at and

Open House New York (OHNY) is an annual events series that gives New Yorkers a behind-the-scenes look at sites of architectural and historical significance. Because the elevated rail bed of the High Line is not yet open to the public, FHL has participated in OHNY weekend for the past four years by opening a location adjacent to the High Line for public viewing of the structure from above. This year's viewing location is a third-story, outdoor loading dock in a former meatpacking plant on Washington and Gansevoort Streets. This building, at the southern end of the High Line, is now owned by the City of New York. It was one of the buildings where goods were unloaded directly from the High Line. There will be hourly presentations by FHL staff and the High Line design team. No RSVP is required, and admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be advised: lines may be long during peak visiting hours.

High Line Viewing at OHNY
October 7 – 8, 2006
12:00 Noon – 5:00 pm
No RSVP required
820 Washington Street (at Gansevoort Street)

By subway: A, C, E, or L to 14th Street and 8th Avenue
By bus: M14 to 14th Street and 9th Avenue

This summer, FHL gave one-time-use cameras, donated by Fujifilm, to children who live or go to school in the neighborhoods surrounding the High Line. The goal of the project was to capture a new perspective on these neighborhoods, which often receive more attention for their upscale shops and restaurants than for the diversity of their residents, workers, and visitors.

Through their camera lenses, the young photographers show a side of the High Line district only visible to those who live and play here. Children were invited to take pictures of things around them they saw as important or interesting. Each student got a brief orientation on how to use their camera and the goal of the project, but students were not coached on how to take "good" pictures or what to photograph. This exhibition of more than 75 photographs is the culmination of the project. A larger selection of photographs is also available for viewing online.

High Line Kids' Camera Project Exhibition
Monday, September 18 - Sunday, November 12, 2006
Chelsea Market Main Concourse
75 Ninth Avenue (between 15th and 16th Streets)

The High Line is one of 70 international public spaces and public space concepts featured in The Good Life: New Public Spaces for Recreation, an exhibition presented by the Van Alen Institute. The exhibition, at Pier 40 at Houston Street, runs through October 1 and is free to the public.

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For directions and hours, please visit the exhibition Web site:

Since our April 10 Groundbreaking ceremony, the City's team of contractors has made major advances on the High Line. The first phase of construction, removal of debris and nonstructural concrete, has been completed for Section 1, from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street. This phase included removal and storage of all the original rail tracks, which were tagged and mapped so that some can be integrated into the design of the new High Line landscape.

The contract for the next phase of construction has been awarded, through a public bidding process, and work is set to begin in September. The scope of work for this phase will include lead paint abatement, repainting of the structure, concrete and steel repair, and the installation of drainage systems and pigeon deterrents on the underside of the High Line. During the lead paint abatement process, the construction team will use a mobile containment structure to protect surrounding areas while sandblasting.

This phase of construction is expected to continue into summer 2007, after which the next phase, construction of access points and the public landscape atop the structure, will begin. The first section of the High Line is scheduled to open in 2008.

Dinner and drinks at Pier 63 Maritime, followed by presentations of the High Line design and a future section of Hudson River Park at 8:00 PM. Presented in conjunction with Friends of Hudson River Park.

Pier 63, West 23rd Street and the Hudson River
Wednesday, August 23, 6:30 PM
Food and beverages available for sale on the Pier


It will be with deep affection and gratitude that we say farewell to FHL's Director of Development, Juliet Page, when she leaves Friends of the High Line in September. Juliet is moving to New Orleans to join her husband, Philip Hollander, assistant professor of Hebrew literature and director of the Hebrew language program at Tulane Universtiy. Juliet and Philip were married this past June.

As a development director, Juliet led FHL through a period of vibrant growth. Our summer benefit, which raised $200,000 in 2002, raised $1.25 million in 2006, thanks to Juliet's hard work and her ability to communicate the importance of the High Line project to donors at all levels.

But Juliet has been much, much more than a development director. She has been a powerful, guiding force in the most important decisions about FHL's mission and projects. She championed an expansion of our community engagement efforts, always inspiring us to see occasional failures as reasons to redouble our efforts. The successful 2005 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, which was extended to run for six months and which introduced the High Line to thousands of New Yorkers and visitors, was originally proposed by Juliet. As always, she inspired us to reach beyond own expectations – to dream and then make those dreams come true.

Juliet came to FHL when the High Line was under threat of demolition, when we had only two staff members, and when most people had never heard of the High Line. She leaves us with the High Line under construction and projected to open in 2008, with FHL driven by an energetic staff of nine, and with the High Line known across the city and around the world as a model project of vision and innovation.

We think of her as a member of our family, and we will miss her very much. We also envy those who will have the good fortune to work with her in years to come.

FHL currently seeks to fill 3 positions: Deputy Director of Development, Development Assistant, and Office Assistant. To apply, please see instructions on each job description. No phone calls, please.

Deputy Director of Development
The Deputy Director of Development works closely with the Co-Founders and Vice President for Development to define annual and capital fundraising priorities. The Deputy Director focuses on events, including FHL's annual benefit, as well as on individual and corporate major gift fundraising.

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Development Assistant
The Development Assistant's primary responsibilities include gift processing, maintaining donor records, and creating and running donor and campaign progress reports for Board and committee members. The Development Assistant also oversees activities of the Highliners, a young friends group.

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Office Assistant
The Office Assistant is responsible for providing general administrative support to the entire Friends of the High Line office as well as specific support to one of the two Co-Founders on special projects including fundraising, design, and presentations.

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Join the Highliners, a group of High Line donors in their twenties and early thirties, for a summer cocktail party at Cielo, celebrating the launch of the Highliners group. The evening will include cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and dancing, plus free admission to Cielo's Wednesday night party, Roots.

Highliners Kick-off Celebration
Wednesday, July 19
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
18 Little West 12th Street

Tickets are $75 in advance, $100 at the door. To buy tickets or for more information on this group, email or call (212) 206-9922.

Many people associate the High Line District with the upscale shops, restaurants, and other businesses that receive so much attention in the press. But there's another side to the neighborhood – the people, places, and things only known by people who spend a lot of time in the neighborhood.

That's why Friends of the High Line has partnered with Fujifilm to give one-time-use cameras to kids who live and play in the High Line neighborhoods of the West Village and Chelsea.

The goal is for kids to take pictures of things around them they see as important or interesting—things that they love. Working with Fujifilm, Friends of the High Line will showcase these images, letting all New Yorkers see the High Line District through the eyes of the children who know it best. FHL plans to include one photo from each child in an online gallery. In addition, a selection of photos will be exhibited the concourse gallery of Chelsea Market. Open to kids 11 years old and younger.

Participation in this program is free, but we have a limited number of cameras, so register now. The registration deadline is July 21.

For more information or to register your child, contact Meredith Taylor at or (212) 206-9922.