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Neighborhood street fair presented by The Kitchen and Friends of the High Line

When: Saturday, September 15, from 12PM-5PM. Rain or Shine
Where: West 19th Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues

New York, NY, August 3, 2007 – West 19th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues will be transformed into a family-friendly festival featuring dozens of artist-led activity booths, crafts, workshops, and live performances in the second annual Kitchen High Line Block Party on Saturday, September 15, from 12PM-5PM (rain or shine). The festival is the result of a collaborative relationship between The Kitchen and Friends of the High Line.

Among the block party highlights:
• Artist Pablo Helguera will deliver singing telegrams by request around the world over the phone
• A performance by Hoofer’s House Tap Jam Session and tap-dancing workshop with Jason Samuels Smith and the Pheeroan akLaff Trio
• A reptile petting zoo hosted by Erik’s Reptile Ed-ventures

Other planned activities include face painting, puppet-making, temporary tattoos, cookie-decorating, mask-making, and collaborative sculpture-making. Artist-led workshops in hula-hooping and drumming will also take place throughout the day. With artist installations and music by DJ Reborn, as well as a range of live music and dance performances on The Kitchen’s main stage, the Block Party will attract individuals and families from all over the city and the Kitchen/High Line neighborhood, including youth, adults, and seniors from Fulton Houses and Chelsea-Elliott Houses. The first Kitchen High Line Block Party, held in 2005, drew more than 5,000 attendees.

Debra Singer, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Kitchen, commented, "We are very proud of this event, which allows us to give something back to the community of Chelsea, where we have made our home for over twenty-five years."

Robert Hammond, Co-Founder of Friends of the High Line, said, "This free party is one of our favorite events. It’s a pleasure to invite our neighbors and fellow New Yorkers to join us in a celebration of the creative energy of this neighborhood, New York City, and of our two organizations."

Artists leading activities include Groovehoops, Elia Alba, William Cordova, Michael de Feo, Dahlia Elsayed, Pablo Helguera, Nancy Hwang, Wardell Milan II, Adam Schecter, Shinique Smith, Bec Stupak, Charmaine Wheatley, Saya Woolfak and Chris Myers.

The main stage will feature live music and dance performances by DJ Reborn, Matana Roberts & Friends (a saxophonist and her quintet), Hoofer’s House Tap Jam Session (in collaboration with The Studio Museum in Harlem), and a workshop and performance by the Afro-Latin drum ensemble Ilu Aiye.

The fair will also feature affordable food from local vendors including the Treats Truck, Chelsea Thai, Amy’s Bread, Ronnybrook Farms, Cleaver Company, and Calidad Latina. Visitors can also cool off inside The Kitchen and view the new exhibition Between Thought and Sound: Graphic Notation in Contemporary Music, a group exhibition that explores the intersection of drawing and sound through experimental scores by more than thirty composers who relinquish traditional musical notation in favor of their own invented visual systems of pictorial or "graphic" elements.

The Kitchen High Line Block Party is made possible with generous support from Chelsea Market and funds from New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, the New York City Council, the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

The Kitchen is one of New York City’s oldest nonprofit performance and exhibition spaces, showing experimental work by innovative artists, both emerging and established. Programs range from dance, music, and theatrical performances to video and media arts exhibitions to literary events, film screenings, and artists’ talks. Since its inception in 1971, The Kitchen has been a powerful force in shaping the cultural landscape of this country and has helped launch the careers of many artists who have gone on to worldwide prominence. For more information, please visit

Friends of the High Line is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and reuse of the High Line, a 1.5-mile-long historic elevated rail structure on the West Side of Manhattan. A new public park is now under construction on the High Line. The first section, between Gansevoort Street and West 20th Street, is expected to open in 2008. For more information, visit

Media contacts:

Blake Zidell, The Kitchen
718.643. 9052

Katie Lorah, Friends of the High Line
(212) 206-9922
Come be creative and get your hands dirty on this summer Friday!

FHL needs volunteers this Friday, July 27 to help work on outdoor collages as part of the High Line Portrait Project. Volunteers will help maintain and add to portrait collages at four locations, using wheatpaste. We will work on the installations from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. If you're interested in helping with the Portrait Project, please email

For more info on the High Line Portrait Project, please visit the Portrait Project Web site.

The High Line Portrait Project is made possible by FujiFilm USA.

This Thursday, FHL is partnering with Rooftop Films to screen a series of short films on the roof of Westbeth Artists Community (formerly the Bell Labs building, right). The High Line used to run through Bell Labs before that section of the High Line was taken down in 1991.

The theme of the evening is The Show Must Go On: Short films about people who find beauty and value in the pieces and places that others have left behind.

Please do not RSVP to FHL.

Tickets are available in advance through for $5.00, or at the door for $8.00.

Click here to buy advance tickets.

Thursday, July 26
8:30 PM – Live Music
9:00 PM – Movies Begin
On the roof of the Westbeth Artists Community
55 Bethune Street
(between Washington Street & West Side Highway)
Rain or shine

Take the A/C/E/L to 14th St & 8th Ave or the 1/2/3 to 14th St & 7th Ave
Walk west on 14th Street to Washington Street
Make a left on Washington and walk downtown 6 blocks to Bethune Street

In coming weeks, visitors to the Meatpacking District may see new activity under the High Line. In August, the City's contractors will begin to tear down the portion of the out-of-use meat processing plant at 820 Washington Street (above). This area under the High Line, at the corner of Gansevoort and Washington Streets, will ultimately be used for the southernmost public entrance to the High Line, with an open public plaza at street level at the corner.

FHL recently launched the Portrait Project Web Site. The site features hundreds of portraits of High Line supporters in front of a High Line backdrop. Participants were asked to share their dreams, and each dream appears with the person's portrait.

The High Line Portrait Project Web site features more than 800 High Line supporters and their dreams.
Visit the Portrait Project Web site.

A selection of these portraits is also on view this summer in special outdoor portrait galleries the High Line neighborhood. The portraits form unique collages on construction fencing. The installations are now on view at four locations:

  • High Line construction stairs, Gansevoort and Washington Streets
  • Construction fencing, corner of 18th Street and Tenth Avenue
  • High Line construction stairs, 18th Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues
  • Construction fencing, 10th Avenue at 30th Street
Want to learn to wheatpaste? FHL needs volunteers to help maintain these outdoor works of art. Volunteer days will occur on Friday afternoons and will involve cutting and installing portrait collages with wheatpaste. If you're interested in helping with the Portrait Project, please email

The project is made possible through the generous support of Fujifilm. Special thanks to Greenhood & Company, photographer Tom Kletecka, and Michael De Feo and the High Line volunteers who helped install the portraits.

EnlargeOne of Lisa Kereszi's photographs
shows an apple tree, right, on the
High Line.
A large-scale High Line triptych by photographer Lisa Kereszi is now on view at Theory's flagship store in the Meatpacking District. The photographs, taken last summer, take a similar perspective of the High Line at three different points.

The installation is part of the Theory Icon Project. Earlier this year, artist Ruth Ro's Icons of the Meatpacking District was on exhibition in the space.

Lisa Kereszi's photography is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Her editorial work has appeared in magazines including the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Nest, New York, Details, House & Garden, and others.

View Kereszi's other work.

Theory is generously offering two 10% shopping days for High Line supporters at its Meatpacking District store on July 18 and 19—present a copy of this email newsletter to receive a 10% discount on purchases, plus Friends of the High Line will receive 10% of the proceeds from your purchase.

Lisa Kereszi High Line Photographs Theory Flagship store 38 Gansevoort Street Through August 20

On Tuesday, June 19, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation announced a $1 million grant to Friends of the High Line. The grant supports the creation of the Chelsea Grasslands, a landscape feature by Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro with planting design by Piet Oudolf. The Tiffany & Co. Foundation grant is one of three made to New York City environmental organizations. The other two recipients are The Battery Conservancy and the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy.

Friends of the High Line expresses its sincere thanks to The Tiffany & Co. Foundation for this visionary support.

Download the June 19 Press Release.

Friends of the High Line thanks Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer for his office's allocation of $1 million in capital funding to the High Line in the fiscal year 2008 budget. Ever since Borough President Stringer took office, he has been a passionate supporter of the High Line. His 2008 allocation follows the $2 million allocation he made for FY 2007, which he announced at the High Line Groundbreaking ceremony. Borough President Stringer's 2008 funding highlights his commitment to the creation of new and interesting public open space for Manhattan and will allow the restoration of the High Line structure to move forward on schedule.

Friends of the High Line thanks the New York City Council and Speaker Christine C. Quinn for their allocation of $12.5 million in capital funding to the High Line in the fiscal year 2008 budget. This funding is essential to advance construction on Section 2 of the High Line (20th Street to 30th Street). This allocation brings the Council's capital funding to date for the High Line to $32.5 million. We also thank the Council, Speaker Quinn, and Council Member David Weprin for continued Council support of Friends of the High Line's education, cultural, and community programs with a fiscal year 2008 allocation of $290,000.

At right: Speaker Quinn was one of the 800 people who participated in the High Line Portrait Project. Her dream: "A Subway Series."

Visit the Portrait Project Web site

Photo by Iwan Baan.
Join us on May 24 for the next installment of our continuing lecture series by High Line designers. Ricardo Scofidio, principal of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, will give a presentation on the firm's recent work, including the High Line, Boston's new Institute for Contemporary Art (pictured at right), and the renovation of Lincoln Center. Diller Scofidio + Renfro was profiled in last week's The New Yorker. The lecture will be one of the first public events held in the newly-completed, Frank Gehry-designed IAC building.

RSVP is required.

High Line Design Presentation with Ricardo Scofidio
Thursday, May 24, 6:30 PM
555 West 18th Street