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This week, the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York returns to the High Line for its third season.

Beginning Tuesday, April 3, Stargazing at the High Linewill take place every Tuesday evening at dusk on the High Line near The Standard, New York, pending weather conditions.

Follow @highlinenyc on Twitter for updates on viewing conditions.

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Stop by the High Line in the coming weeks, and you will find a remarkable transformation underway.

High Line Gardeners are busily working with more than 300 community volunteers to complete High Line Spring Cutback – our biggest horticultural task of the year. The High Line’s plants are not trimmed back at the onset of the cold weather, as is typical in most gardens. Instead, the wild grasses, skeletal plant stalks, and dried seed heads define the High Line’s winter landscape. Now that spring has arrived, we must work quickly to cut back the plants to make way for new growth.

Learn more about High Line Spring Cutback.

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Beginning Sunday, April 1, the High Line will be open daily from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Spring hours will continue through the end of May.

Please check back or follow the High Line on Twitter for the latest information and operational updates.

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Last night we unveiled the initial design concepts for the rail yards section of the High Line at a community input meeting in Chelsea.

More than 400 neighbors, supporters, members, and friends turned out to listen to James Corner and Ric Scofidio, of the High Line Design Team, present their concepts, share their feedback, and ask questions.

Learn more, view the designs, and share feedback.

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This week we begin High Line Spring Cutback – our biggest horticultural task of the year.

Visit the High Line over the next six weeks, and you’ll see High Line Gardeners busily working with teams of volunteers to cut back the High Line’s wild grasses, perennials, and shrubs to make way for new spring growth.

Read more and view photos.

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We will present the initial design concepts for the rail yards section of the High Line at a community input meeting on Monday, March 12.

Join us to share your ideas and help guide the design team as they continue their work.

Watch this video to get a behind-the-scenes look at the wild landscape on the High Line at the rail yards.

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Friends of the High Line today debuted Developing Tray #2, a new artwork by Anne Collier on HIGH LINE BILLBOARD at West 18th Street. The image depicts a developing tray containing a print of a wide open eye – the artist’s eye – submerged in photographic developing fluid.

The artwork will remain on view until Wednesday, February 29. Learn more.

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Kids are invited to join us on Sunday, February 5 for a winter scavenger hunt on the High Line, followed by puppet-making and story time at Posman Books in Chelsea Market.

Become a bird for a day and explore how feathered friends hunker down for winter in New York City.

Visit our Event Calendar for details.

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Join us tonight for the kick off of the second installment of HIGH LINE CHANNEL, featuring daily screenings of Selected Recent Works by experimental filmmaker Jennifer West. West works with “direct film,” or film realized without the use of a camera. She exposes the film strip to a variety of substances, such as coffee, mascara, and habanero sauce, or by staging interactive events where people perform actions to the film strip, like snowboarding or skateboarding directly on it. The results are vibrant, abstract short films. Learn more

Selected Recent Works will be on view daily from dusk to 10:00 PM through Monday, March 5. The films are viewable from the Seating Steps on the High Line during normal operating hours, and also from the sidewalk along West 22nd Street below the park.

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Earlier today, we took a major step toward building the final section of the High Line.

The City of New York has launched the public review process for a zoning text amendment that will permanently secure the High Line at the rail yards, including the Spur, as public open space.

Follow us after the jump to read more about this important news for the High Line.

Called the High Line Text Amendment, the zoning text amendment sets a framework for funding from the Related Companies for the portion of the High Line on the Eastern Rail Yards, approximately 30% of the estimated total $90 million cost of building the High Line’s final section, and paves the way for construction to begin in 2012.

The crucial funds that would come as a result of the zoning text amendment, in tandem with recent major gifts to the Campaign for the High Line, give great momentum to our efforts to complete the High Line, ultimately allowing visitors to go all the way to West 34th Street. But we still have considerable funds to raise to make the completion of the High Line a reality. Friends of the High Line is currently in a $150 million Campaign, of which $85 million has been raised, with $65 million left to raise. Campaign funds will be directed to a number of different initiatives, including construction of the rail yards section and our endowment for the park's future maintenance and operations.

The High Line Text Amendment takes two critical steps toward making the High Line at the rail yards a reality.

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  • First, it secures the future of a portion of the High Line, called the Eastern Rail Yards, to be used as public open space. While the current zoning requires the High Line at the Western Rail Yards to be developed as public open space, the zoning for the High Line at the Eastern Rail Yards currently includes no such requirement. The successful completion of the public review process for the zoning text amendment would secure the entire historic High Line to be used as public open space, following acquisition of the site by the City of New York. View a map of the High Line at the Eastern and Western Rail Yards.
  • Second, it creates a framework for the funding approximately 30% of the total cost of construction of the High Line’s final section, and paves the way for work to begin on the Eastern Rail Yards in 2012. As part of the zoning revision, the developer of the Hudson Yards, the Related Companies, will be required to provide funding for the capital construction of the High Line at the Eastern Rail Yards, as well as funding in the future for annual park maintenance and operations.

The public review process, known as the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, or ULURP, began when the NYC Department of City Planning referred the application earlier today for public review. The next step will be a public meeting, held by Manhattan Community Board 4 on Wednesday, February 8, in a joint session of the Chelsea Preservation and Planning Committee and the Clinton Hells Kitchen Land Use Committee.

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Since the very beginning, the community around the High Line has played a major role in planning, designing, and developing the High Line into the extraordinary public space it is today. The tradition continues today. The community came together in December for a community input meeting on the design of the High Line at the rail yards, and we received many thoughtful comments from the public. We extend our deepest thanks to the many members, supporters, neighbors, and friends who have come to countless community meetings, wrote letters, and voiced their support for the High Line.

We are now working with the City of New York to develop ideas and concepts with the High Line Design Team of James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf. Sign up for our email newsletter, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter to be the first to know the date, time, and location of our next community input meeting.

We would like to thank Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and his administration, particularly Deputy Mayor Robert K. Steel, City Planning Chair Amanda Burden, and Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe; Speaker Christine C. Quinn; Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer; Congressman Jerrold Nadler; New York State Senator Tom Duane; New York State Assemblyman Richard N. Gottfried; the Metropolitan Transit Authority; Community Boards 2 and 4; and the Related Companies for their visionary 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.

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