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The Whitney Museum of American Art and the New York City Economic Development Corporation have reached a conditional agreement regarding a City-owned site at the southern end of the High Line, advancing plans for a new art museum to be built at that location. The agreement was reported by Carol Vogel in today's New York Times. Plans for the new museum must go through the City's public review process (ULURP).

The agreement between the City and the Whitney is an exciting advance for the High Line project. A cultural facility at this location will attract a variety of park users to the High Line and create myriad opportunities for arts-related programming. With the Whitney and the High Line sharing this iconic site, the intersection of Gansevoort and Washington Streets can become one of the most dynamic corners in New York City.

The High Line was featured in the first issue of GOOD Magazine, a new publication highlighting creative social and environmental activism. This four-and-a-half-minute corresponding video piece features High Line supporter Edward Norton and FHL Co-Founder Joshua David walking on the High Line.

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Barking Irons has designed two limited edition t-shirts, the proceeds from which will benefit Friends of the High Line. The shirts, one depicting the horseshoes of the West Side cowboy, the other a freight train on Death Avenue, will be sold at Barney's, Scoop NYC, and Jeffrey, as well as online at Barking Irons' designs are "inspired by a story or historical reference whether it be from New York literature, folklore, vernacular, mythology or history." The shirts retail at $75.

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Site Preparation work is progressing on schedule. Contractors are working from both the southern and northern ends of Section 1 (Gansevoort Street to 20th Street) and have completed sandblasting of the steel structure and railings from Gansevoort Street to Little West 12th Street, and from 19th Street to 20th Street.

The gray color seen in the image is the primer coat, the first of three coats of paint to be applied. The primer coat is applied immediately after sandblasting to protect the raw steel. After steel repairs are made, the team will return to apply the intermediate and final coats. The construction team has also removed much of the concrete encasement on columns and beams beyond the sandblasting work, so that those steel surfaces can be prepared in a similar manner.

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A selection of Joel Sternfeld's photographs from the Walking the High Line series will be on view through December 15 at the Caledonia Sales and Design Office. The exhibition is open daily from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM; free to the public and no appointment is necessary.

Walking the High Line: Photographs by Joel Sternfeld
Caledonia Sales and Design Office
Suite 1516
111 8th Avenue
(between 15th and 16th Streets)

FHL currently seeks to fill 3 positions: Manager of Special Events, Development Associate for Foundation and Corporate Relations, and Office Assistant. To apply, please see instructions on each job description. No phone calls, please.

Manager of Special Events
The Manager of Special Events will oversee an extensive calendar of events to raise funds and steward donors. Events include a signature 800-person annual summer benefit, luncheons, and cocktail receptions. Responsibilities include securing corporate and individual sponsorships and underwriting for the events, and developing and tracking event budgets and timelines. Experience executing events is essential, as are outstanding interpersonal and writing skills.

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Development Associate for Foundation and Corporate Relations
The Development Associate for Foundation and Corporate Relations will prepare funding requests to appeal to foundations, corporations, and grant-making organizations. Responsibilities will include conducting prospect research and preparing detailed prospect profiles, as well as establishing and maintaining personal contact and relationships with foundation and corporate program officers. Outstanding writing skills required.

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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 FHL and artist Michael De Feo for a Holiday Card-making class for kids ages 11 and under. The class will be hosted by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Each participant will create one holiday card to take home.

Kids' Holiday Card-making Class - FREE
Saturday, December 2
1:00 PM
Event location and details available upon RSVP

RSVP to or (212) 206-9922.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free, but RSVP is required to or (212) 206-9922.

High Line Cell Phone Tour
Ends October 31
An eight-stop, self-guided, street-level walking tour featuring messages from High Line architects, as well as supporters such as Edward Norton, Diane von Furstenberg, Glenn Close and Kevin Bacon.

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The New Yorker's Passport to the Art World Gallery Walk Benefiting FHL
Saturday, November 11, 10:00 AM
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling (866) 468-3399 or at

Day for Night: Lighting Design with Hervé Descottes of L'Observatoire
Monday, November 20, 6:30 PM
Join FHL's continuing series of talks with members of the High Line design team. This month, lighting designer Hervé Descottes, founder of renowned architectural lighting design firm L'Observatoire International, will discuss the lighting scheme for the High Line in the context of some of his other lighting projects. RSVP is required. Cedar Lake Theater, 547 West 26th Street.

Kids' Holiday Card-making Class Led by Artist Michael De Feo, Hosted by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
Saturday, December 2, 1:00 PM
RSVP is required. Event location and details available upon RSVP.

On Monday, October 16, The Greater Gansevoort Improvement Project (GGUIP), a new grassroots community group, held a meeting to discuss a comprehensive traffic and pedestrian study. The group is led by Jo Hamilton and Florent Morellet, who pioneered the efforts to create the Gansevoort Market Historic District. GGUIP is currently planning a study to assess open-space opportunities and vehicular and pedestrian safety in the area between West 16th and Gansevoort Streets, and Ninth Avenue/Hudson Street and the Hudson River. Working with consultants the Sam Schwartz Company and the Regional Plan Association, GGUIP will be collecting street and sidewalk inventories. The findings of the study will be released at GGUIP's next meeting in January and improvements will be suggested based on the findings and community input.

For more information on the study or future public meetings, or to get involved, email

On October 12, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer hosted a groundbreaking conference that brought together more than 400 policy makers, advocates, business and community leaders, and local residents to discuss the transportation challenges facing Manhattan and New York City. The conference, Manhattan on the Move, took place at Columbia University's Alfred Lerner Hall.

Borough President Stringer, Department of Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinshall, and the former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, Enrique Peñalosa all addressed the crowd and spoke passionately about the challenges facing the city's transportation infrastructure and the need to find solutions as the city continues to grow. Mr. Peñalosa is credited with leading Bogotá through some of the most progressive transportation reforms in the world. Kathy Wydle, President and CEO of the New York City Partnership, served as Master of Ceremonies for the event.

Borough President Stringer has brought crucial public funding to the High Line project, and FHL thanks him for his invaluable leadership.