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"The Plain of Heaven," Creative Time's international exhibition of works inspired by the High Line's upcoming transformation, runs for just three more weekends. The exhibition occupies an out-of-use meatpacking plant at the High Line's southern terminus, with 14 works that include drawing, sound, photography, and multimedia. The works are installed in empty meatpacking plant facilities: processing rooms, refrigerated lockers, and meat-curing chambers. At the end of the exhibition, visitors may step onto a rail platform overlooking the High Line, where meat used to be unloaded from New York Central Railroad freight trains. Anyone with an interest in the High Line and contemporary art will not want to miss this exciting exhibition. 820 Washington Street, at Gansevoort Street. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, through November 20. 12:00pm – 6:00pm. FREE. For more information, please view the press release.

There will be a free, guided tour of the exhibition for High Line supporters, led by a curator from Creative Time, on Saturday, November 5, from 11:00am to 12:00pm. Space is limited and reservations are required. The first 40 people to respond to this email will secure a spot on this special tour. Please e-mail katie@thehighline.org.

Buy your tickets now for Florent's Bi-Decade{nt} Ball and Miss Meat Market Gown Contest, this coming Saturday, October 22, at the Roxy. The event celebrates 20 years of Restaurant Florent and the wild celebrations, drag shows, and Bastille Day performances that have made it a New York City institution. Emcees Flotilla DeBarge and Murray Hill introduce a fabulous roster of performers including Lady Miss Kier; Atesh, bellydancer extraordinaire; Live From Las Vegas: Raven-O and Joey Arias; and many, many others. $150 tickets include open bar, buffet, and entertainment. Funds raised benefit Friends of the High Line and the Meatpacking District Initiative.

Florent Bi-Decade{nt} Ball and Miss Meat Market Gown Contest
Saturday, October 22, 7:00 – 11:00 PM
The Roxy
515 West 18th Street (just west of the High Line)
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Please Note: The Florent / High Line Ball will be followed by a special event at the Roxy celebrating the return of legendary DJ Peter Rauhofer to this nightclub. Guests at the Florent / High Line Ball can purchase $25 wristbands for this special event during the Florent / High Line Ball without waiting in line outside. Long lines are expected.

Because of elaborate set-up requirements for the "Rauhofer Returns 2 Roxy" party, everyone will have to leave the Roxy between events. Florent / High Line Ball guests will gather informally at a nearby restaurant or bar before returning to the Roxy. If you have purchased a "Rauhofer Returns 2 Roxy" party at the Florent / High Line Ball, your wristband will allow you to re-enter when the later event starts without waiting in line.

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Florent Morellet of Restaurant Florent was featured in last Sunday's New York Times, in an article called "City Planner Manqué Still Thinks Tall."

Read the New York Times article

White Columns Gallery presents a retrospective showcase of Restaurant Florent's 20 years in the Meatpacking District, focusing on the restaurant's countless celebrations, drag shows, Bastille Day performances, ever-popular food, and inspired politics over the last 20 years. The show will feature costumes, artifacts, photographs, video, reminiscences, reviews, menus, artwork and graphic design. Curated by Tom Eubanks and Douglas Riccardi. 320 West 13th Street at Horatio Street. For more information, call (212) 924 – 4212.

Friends of the High Line is pleased to announce that co-founders Robert Hammond and Joshua David will be competing against each other in the Miss Meat Market Gown Contest. Robert's gown is by Jussara Lee. Joshua's gown is by Lucy Barnes. The Miss Meat Market crown will be awarded based on audience applause, so if you have a favorite co-founder, buy tickets now so you can cheer him/her all the way to Miss Meat Market fame and glory.

The co-founders will face fierce competition from High Line design team members at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, who are dressing a contest entrant, as well as entries from other noted designers from the Meatpacking District and across the city, including: David Dalrymple for House of Field, Alexander McQueen, Diane von Furstenberg, Astrid Brucker, Dori O'Day, and Parrish for Destination.

Over 5,000 people attended the Kitchen High Line Block Party on Saturday, September 17th (see selected photos, below, courtesy of Tom Kletecka and Jessie Cohan). Our thanks go, first, to everybody at the Kitchen, our Block Party co-hosts. The Kitchen has supported the High Line project since day one, and it was a thrill to collaborate with them on an event that was so well attended and enjoyed by people from across the city.

Our thanks also go to FHL's dedicated crew of volunteers and the FHL-sponsored artists who worked so hard to create original and enjoyable projects and activities: Dahlia Elsayed (handmade High Line postcards); Michael de Feo (popcorn bags, block party t-shirts, tattoos, and mural); Tom Kletecka (photos in front of High Line backdrop), Gaspar Libedinsky and Haley Eber of What Will Throw Here (juggling), and k adorable (silkscreened High Line t-shirts). Housing Works generously donated the blank t-shirts that k adorable used for silkscreening. Please visit their new Housing Works Thrift Store at 245 West 10th Street (at Hudson Street); (212) 352-1618.

And special thanks to the events generous sponsors: IAC/InterActiveCorp and Chelsea Market.

 

October 8 and 9: High Line Viewing with Open House New York FREE
A rare chance to view the High Line up close, from a building directly adjacent to the High Line, as part of the third annual openhousenewyork weekend.

Viewing will take place from the loft gallery of the Phillips, de Pury & Company auction house, directly adjacent to the High Line. 450 West 15th Street, between 9th and 10th Aves. Saturday, October 8, from 11:00am to 4:00pm, Sunday, October 9, from 12:00 noon to 4:00pm.

Scheduled Presentations by Friends of the High Line will take place at Phillips, de Pury & Company (address above).

  • Saturday, 12:00 noon: High Line History
  • Saturday, 2:00 pm: Project Overview (project history and design)
  • Sunday, 12:00 noon: High Line Design (by design team members from Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro)
  • Sunday, 2:00 pm: Project Overview (project history and design)
New High Line Merchandise will be for sale for the first time at OHNY, including new FHL posters by photographer Joel Sternfeld and graphic designer Paula Scher ($10), and new FHL T-shirts, designed by Michael de Feo ($10).
  • October 14 – November 20: Creative Time's Exhibition The Plain of Heaven FREE Creative Time presents an international exhibition of works inspired by the High Line's upcoming transformation. Artists include Sol LeWitt, Trisha Donnelly, Gordon Matta-Clark and many others. The exhibition will be displayed in an out-of-use meat-packing plant at the High Line's southern terminus. 820 Washington Street, at Gansevoort Street. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, October 14 – November 20. 12 noon – 6:00 pm. Opening party: Friday, October 14, 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm. FREE. View the press release for more information.
  • October 20: Minetta Brook's High Line Project Benefit Dinner
  • New York arts organization Minetta Brook is teaming with artist Ann Hamilton and chef Alice Waters on a new program combining art, food, and the High Line's history as a transportation system for local agriculture. This benefit dinner (funds going to Minetta Brook) at Dia Center for the Arts on 22nd Street, will celebrate the beginning of this innovative and creative look at the way food and industry have shaped the High Line neighborhoods. Chef for the benefit dinner is Jonathan Waxman, whose acclaimed restaurant, Barbuto, is located at the southern end of the High Line District, on Washington Street and West 12th Street. (Waxman is featured prominently in the October 2005 issue of Gourmet magazine). More information about the project and the benefit can be found at www.minettabrook.org. To buy dinner tickets ($500), e-mail meredith@minettabrook.org; or call (212) 431-7165.
  • October 22: Florent Ball & FHL Fall Benefit
  • Friends of the High Line joins with the Meatpacking District Initiative to celebrate the 20th anniversary of High Line district pioneer Restaurant Florent at Florent's Bi-Decade{nt} Ball and Miss Meat Market Gown Contest. Hosted by Ms. Flotilla DeBarge and Mr. Murray Hill. This promises to be an unforgettable FHL benefit, showcasing creative energy and great diversity of the High Line District. The Roxy, 515 West 18th Street. $150 tickets include open bar, a buffet with food from the Meatpacking District's best restaurants, and entertainment. You can also stay on for John Blair's regular Saturday Night party at the Roxy. To view online invitation and buy online tickets: www.thehighline.org/florent. Or call Friends of the High Line: (212) 206-9922.
  • October 31: Last Day of the High Line Exhibition at MoMA
  • MoMA's exhibition featuring images from Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro's preliminary design for the High Line will run for the rest of the month. Click here for details.

Please join the host committee for an unforgettable fall event: Friends of the High Line joins the Meat Packing District Initiative to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Restaurant Florent – Florent Morellet's pioneering restaurant in the Meat Packing District – by presenting the Florent Bi-Decade{nt} Ball & Miss Meat Market Gown Contest, at the Roxy, West Chelsea's legendary dance club, on Saturday, October 22, 7:00pm - 11:00pm. Masters of Ceremonies Ms. Flotilla DeBarge and Mr. Murray Hill will introduce a fantastic roster of performers, including the Butcher Queens, HRH Princess Diandra, and many others. Miss Meat Market gowns designed by David Dalrymple for the House of Field, Alexander McQueen, Theory, and many others. Tickets include open bar, food from Meat Packing District restaurants, and entrance to John Blair's Saturday night Roxy dance party, starting at 11:00pm.

Buy your tickets now (and join the host committee). To join the host committee (which closes Wednesday, August 31), you only need to buy one ticket at the early-price discount ($95) and invite your friends. The $95 early-price tickets are only available online until September 22. All tickets purchased after September 22 will cost $150. A major portion of the ticket price will be tax-deductible.

Florent Bi-Decade{nt} Ball & Miss Meat Market Gown Contest Benefiting Friends of the High Line & the Meat Packing District Initiative Saturday, October 22, 7:00 — 11:00 PM The Roxy 515 West 18th Street (Just West of the High Line) Buy Tickets and Join Host Committee
September 17: The Kitchen/High Line Block Party
FHL teams up with Chelsea arts organization The Kitchen to present a West Chelsea street fair featuring local artists, musicians, and food. The Block Party will take place on West 19th Street, between 10th and 11th Aves, from 12:00 noon to 6:00pm. FREE. For more information, go to www.kitchenhighlineblockparty.com.

October 8 and 9 - High Line Viewing with Open House New York
A rare chance to view the High Line up close, as part of the third annual openhousenewyork weekend. Viewing will take place from the loft gallery of the Phillips, de Pury & Company auction house. 450 West 15th Street, between 9th and 10th Aves. FREE. For more information, go to www.ohny.org.

October 20 - Minetta Brook's High Line Project Benefit
New York arts organization Minetta Brook is teaming with artist Ann Hamilton and chef Alice Waters on a new program combining art, food, and the High Line's history as a transportation system for local agriculture. This benefit dinner, at Dia Center for the Arts on 22nd Street, will celebrate the beginning of this innovative and creative look at the way food and industry have shaped the High Line neighborhoods. View the "Save the Date" card. For more information, and to buy tickets, E-mail meredith@minettabrook.org or call (212) 431-7165.

On August 7, The New York Times published a major article about Dia Art Foundation's proposal for a new museum on Gansevoort Street, at the southern end of the High Line. The article ran on the front page of the Sunday Arts & Leisure Section and featured a large color image from the High Line's preliminary design. On August 21, the Times published an article about the Promenade Plantée, the elevated rail viaduct in Paris that was converted to a park in 1998. Since FHL's inception, the Promenade Plantée has been an important precedent and model for the High Line project.

Read the August 7 Dia Article

Read the August 21 Promenade Plantée Article

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