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On Monday, August 1, 2011, Friends of the High Line debuted Robert Adams' Nebraska State Highway 2, Box Butte County, the second installment in Landscape with Path, a series of large-scale photographs selected by Joel Sternfeld and presented on a 25-by-75 foot billboard adjacent to the High Line at West 18th Street. The installation will remain on view for one month.

Adams’ photograph stands in direct contrast to the pedestrians, bikes, and vehicles traveling along 10th Avenue. The image shows a quiet country road--devoid of cars or any other human presence--where the gathering of cottonwood leaves in the foreground is the sole activity. “I have never looked at a Robert Adams photograph without being deeply stirred,” says Joel Sternfeld. “But the image that has an ineluctable hold on me is Nebraska State Highway 2, Box Butte County, Nebraska.” Adams made this image in 1978 as part of a survey to discover how the grand landscapes of the western United States had been shaped, in ways both subtle and dramatic, by human development. A sequence of pictures from this series was published in his 1980 book, "From the Missouri West."

Nebraska State Highway 2, Box Butte County is the second installment in Landscape with Path. The photography series celebrates the High Line's dual nature as an urban walkway and landscape promenade, and brings the work of three eminent photographers to park visitors on a grand scale. Joel Sternfeld was invited by Friends of the High Line to serve as the guest curator of the series, and kick it off with one of his own images of the High Line, A Railroad Artifact, 30th St, May 2000, which helped raise public awareness about the High Line. Read more.

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This High Line Art Commission is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art Commissions are made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr. This program is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties. In-kind sponsorship for this series is provided by Edison Properties.

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“High Line: The Inside Story of New York City's Park in the Sky," is the first book about the High Line that tells the story of the project, and documents its history and the completed park in photos. Written by Friends of the High Line Co-Founders Joshua David and Robert Hammond, the book is being published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The book will hit the stores on October 11, 2011.

Pre-order your copy now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, or other online book retailers. Proceeds from sales of the book support the ongoing maintenance and operations of the High Line.

In this candid book—designed by Pentagram and illustrated with 250 pages of full-color images— Josh and Robert tell the story of how a crazy idea in 1999 became a reality in ten years. In their narrative, they discuss how they relied on skill, luck, and good timing, including a crucial court ruling, an inspiring design contest, the support of many New Yorkers, including Mayor Bloomberg and the New York City Council, the growing public concern around urban planning issues following September 11, and more.

Advance praise of “High Line: The Inside Story of New York City’s Park in the Sky”

"The High Line is not only a great work of design—surely the most important addition to the public realm of New York in this century; it is also a great saga. In this book Robert Hammond and Joshua David, who led the grass-roots movement to rescue the High Line from demolition, tell with energy, passion, and refreshing candor the story of how this industrial artifact became, against all odds, a magnificent park."
Paul Goldberger

"This book is the record of a bright and in fact heroic part of New York City’s history. The story of the struggle, against very long odds, by two young men to create the High Line is a story of perseverance, determination and courage, and the photographs which accompany it show the brilliance of their achievement."
Robert A. Caro

"If God is in the details, then few projects can be more divine than the High Line. Christo, the man who wraps bridges and the Reichstag, once said that for him the creative part of his work is not the finished product but the seemingly frustrating process of getting all those permits and raising funds and convincing ecologists and city planners. This careful account of how the High Line came to exist despite all the odds proves just how creative and suspenseful realizing a plan can be; it’s a real cliff-hanger."
Edmund White

"There is no more miraculous and important and gratifying piece of new American urban design than the High Line. What’s more, how it was conjured into existence is a compelling story, and here’s that story—with pictures!—told lucidly and charmingly by the two extraordinary ordinary guys who pulled it off."
Kurt Andersen

"This is a fundamentally uplifting story of two young men with a dream who scythed through red tape and skepticism, summoning a village to help re-imagine what a park could be in the twenty-first century. Thanks to their vision, and to the dedication, enthusiasm, and brilliance of their collaborators, a walk in the park has been transformed into an exhilarating urban experience that helps all of us to see our extraordinary city with new eyes."
Anna Wintour

"The story of the High Line, from rusting relic to sky-sited park, is one of the great encouraging, improbable stories of New York life in the past few decades. This book tells that story from its Quixotic beginnings to its triumphant realization, and should be read by anyone who cares about New York, or green and urban life."
Adam Gopnik

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The High Line Rink – Made for All by UNIQLO is a new, outdoor rollerskating rink now open under the High Line. Open for a limited time this summer, from Thursday, July 28 to Monday, September 26, the High Line Rink is one of the only open-air rollerskating venues in Manhattan, with regularly scheduled theme nights and other fun public activities for visitors of all ages. Admission will be free for the first 500 people on the first three days of operation thanks to UNIQLO. For directions, pricing, and more information, click here.

Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and James Corner Field Operations, in partnership with HWKN, the High Line Rink comprises 8,000 square feet within The Lot, a temporary public plaza below the High Line at West 30th Street and 10th Avenue. The High Line Rink expands the existing public amenities at The Lot, which include a rotating series of food trucks, a beer and wine bar, and an ongoing series of free public events.

The High Line Rink is open daily, from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM Sunday through Wednesday, and 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM Thursday through Saturday, between July 28 and September 26.

The High Line Rink is operated by Friends of the High Line and United Skates of America. Regular admission to the High Line Rink is $10 for children under age 13 and $12 for adults. Children under age 13 must be accompanied by an adult. The admission fee is waived for non-skating parents or guardians accompanying children under age 13. The admission fee includes a pair of rental skates, and is not be waived for guests who would like to use their own rollerskates and rollerblades. A portion of the proceeds from admission fees will support the ongoing maintenance and operations of the High Line, which is funded entirely by private funding raised by Friends of the High Line.

Rollerskaters at the High Line Rink have the opportunity to shop at the UNIQLO Cube that is glowing adjacent to the High Line Rink. Customers at the UNIQLO Cube can purchase 100% pure luxurious cashmere in a large array of colors; premium top quality ultra light down jackets; innovative world renowned inner wear Heattech; or the cool UT (UNIQLO T-Shirts) which feature collaborative designs from popular Japanese manga characters, Barbie and the Save Japan! Project. The UNIQLO Cube at the High Line Roller Rink kicks off an exciting campaign that will spread the UNIQLO brand message, Made For All, across the metropolitan area.

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The High Line Rink is presented by Japanese retailer UNIQLO as part of a two-year partnership that supports the ongoing maintenance and operations of the High Line.

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Next week, we will open the High Line Rink – Made for All by UNIQLO, a new, outdoor rollerskating rink under the High Line. Open for a limited time this summer, from Thursday, July 28 to Monday, September 26, the High Line Rink will be one of the only open-air rollerskating venues in Manhattan, with regularly scheduled theme nights and other fun public activities for New Yorkers and visitors of all ages. Admission will be free for the first 500 people on the first three days of operation thanks to UNIQLO.

Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and James Corner Field Operations, in partnership with HWKN, the High Line Rink comprises 8,000 square feet within The Lot, a temporary public plaza below the High Line at West 30th Street and 10th Avenue. The High Line Rink expands the existing public amenities at The Lot, which include a rotating series of food trucks, a beer and wine bar, and an ongoing series of free public events.

Between July 28 and September 26, the High Line Rink will be open daily, from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM Sunday through Wednesday, and 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM Thursday through Saturday.

The High Line Rink will be operated by Friends of the High Line and United Skates of America. Regular admission to the High Line Rink will cost $10 for children under age 13 and $12 for adults. Children under age 13 must be accompanied by an adult. The admission fee will be waived for non-skating parents or guardians accompanying children under age 13. The admission fee will include a pair of rental skates, and will not be waived for guests who would like to use their own rollerskates and rollerblades. A portion of the proceeds from admission fees will support the ongoing maintenance and operations of the High Line, which is funded entirely by private funding raised by Friends of the High Line.

Rollerskaters at the High Line Rink will have the opportunity to shop at the UNIQLO Cube that will be glowing adjacent to the High Line Rink. Customers at the UNIQLO Cube can purchase 100% pure luxurious cashmere in a large array of colors; premium top quality ultra light down jackets; innovative world renowned inner wear Heattech; or the cool UT (UNIQLO T-Shirts) which feature collaborative designs from popular Japanese manga characters, Barbie and the Save Japan! Project. The UNIQLO Cube at the High Line Roller Rink kicks off an exciting campaign that will spread the UNIQLO brand message, Made For All, across the metropolitan area.

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The High Line Rink is presented by Japanese retailer UNIQLO as part of a two-year partnership that supports the ongoing maintenance and operations of the High Line.

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There is a new way to purchase fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables in West Chelsea. Friends of the High Line is partnering with Fulton Youth of the Future, a non-profit community organization within the Robert Fulton Houses that helps teens gain career skills, to bring the first greenmarket to the High Line as part of High Line Food, a program connecting New Yorkers to the region's sustainable farms. The teens are starting small, with a market table open at The Lot every Tuesday from 2:00 to 7:00 PM until October.

The High Line and Rainbow City presented by AOL will close at 6:00 PM on Monday, July 4 due to expected crowds for the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks display on the Hudson River. Regular park hours will resume on Tuesday, July 5.

Below the High Line at West 30th Street, The Lot on Tap will be operating at regular hours on Monday, July 4, opening at 12:00 PM and closing at 10:00 PM.

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The High Line and Rainbow City presented by AOL will close at 6:00 PM on Sunday, June 26 due to expected crowds for the New York City Pride festivities in Chelsea. Regular park hours will resume on Monday, June 27.

Below the High Line at West 30th Street, The Lot and the Lot on Tap will be operating at regular hours on Sunday, June 26. The Lot and The Lot on Tap open at 11:00 AM and close at 10:00 PM.

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The 23rd Street Lawn is a favorite new gathering space on the High Line, offering open green space for picnicking, sunbathing, and people-watching. Rejuvenation plays a major role in sustaining the Lawn. To this end, the Lawn will be temporarily closed at times throughout the busy season to allow the grass to recover after periods of heavy rain and foot traffic. The Lawn will be temporarily closed and it will reopen as soon as possible. This will help keep the Lawn a welcoming green space all season long.

Please follow us on Twitter or check back for future updates on park operations.

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Due to construction on an adjacent building, the 14th Street Stair will be temporarily closed Thursday, June 16. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The High Line is accessible at Gansevoort Street, West 16th Street, West 18th Street, West 20th Street, West 23rd Street, West 26th Street, West 28th Streetm, or West 30th Street. See Park Information for further details about park entrances. Please check back for future updates.

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The new section doubles the park's length, connecting three neighborhoods along the West Side. Explore the new design, check out new High Line Art, grab a bite from a High Line Food vendor, and learn about High Line Programs happening all season. Get information about access points, hours, and park rules.

This summer only, Friends of the High Line presents The Lot, a public plaza below the High Line at 30th Street. The Lot features the High Line Rink, a new, outdoor rollerskating rink, as well as a rotating series of food trucks and The Lot on Tap, an outdoor beer and wine bar operated by Friends of the High Line and Colicchio & Sons.

Taking photos? Don't forget to upload your images to the High Line Flickr Pool.

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