When Section 2 opens in June, visitors will find a new a temporary public plaza below the High Line at the northern terminus. For the summer of 2011, The Lot at 30th Street will be home to new public amenities for park visitors, including food trucks, beer and wine, public art, free events, family activities, and more. To inaugurate the space, AOL will debut Rainbow City, a collection of colorful, inflatable sculptures by FriendsWithYou, and Colicchio & Sons will open The Lot on Tap, a new outdoor bar.
RAINBOW CITY PRESENTED BY AOL
Situated within The Lot at 30th Street between June and July, Rainbow City presented by AOL will create an urban playground that invites New Yorkers and visitors to walk in and around the colorful, inflatable sculptures.
Rainbow City will serve as the site for a series of free educational programs organized by AOL and FriendsWithYou, geared toward children's creativity and engagement in an artistic landscape. Rainbow City will be FriendsWithYou's first large-scale interactive installation in New York City.
After Rainbow City presented by AOL, Friends of the High Line will offer a variety of free and low-cost public events, including live music, film screenings, roller skating, family-friendly public programs, and more.
THE LOT ON TAP
The Lot on Tap, an outdoor bar serving a variety of domestic wines, local beers, and non-alcoholic sodas, will be located directly under the High Line, with the historic structure's steel girders flanking either side of the bar's counter. Both bars and some bench seating will be constructed with original High Line beams that were removed during the transformation of the structure into a park.
The Lot on Tap will feature a rotation of seasonal brews, including Brooklyn High Line Elevated Wheat, a special brew made exclusively for Friends of the High Line by Brooklyn Brewery's Brewmaster, Garrett Oliver. Brooklyn High Line Elevated Wheat will be made with ingredients sourced from New York State, including North Country Farms' red winter wheat and Tremblay Apiaries' local honey, and will be available exclusively at The Lot on Tap.
The Lot at 30th Street will also be home to a rotating series of food trucks offering some of New York City's best street food, including ice cream sandwiches from Coolhaus, cold drinks from Kelvin Natural Slush Co., lobster rolls from Red Hook Lobster, falafel and smoothies from Taim Mobile, and tacos from The Taco Truck.