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Friends of the High Line, along with our partners at the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, is proud to announce that the third and northernmost section of the park – the High Line at the Rail Yards – will open to the public on Sunday, September 21, 2014.

Read the full announcement, and learn more about the Rail Yards.

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We will be celebrating the opening of the Rail Yards with a full week of programs. Beginning Monday, September 22 we will host wellness programs, live music and performances, educational talks and tours, after school programs, and so much more.

Read about opening week activities on the High Line Blog.

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Winter hours take effect on Thursday, December 1. The High Line will be open daily from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM through the duration of the winter.

Please check the High Line Web site or follow @highlinenyc on Twitter for updates about park conditions and hours of operations during snow storms and icy conditions.

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Join us on Saturday, November 12 or Monday, November 14 for Half-Mythical, Half-Legendary Americanism, an original dance-theater work by Tyler Ashley and the SARAHS presented in partnership with Performa 11 and the Times Square Alliance.

Watch a video for a sneak peek at the performance.

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On Friday, October 28, Friends of the High Line debuted Sue de Beer’s Haunt Room, an interactive structure designed to induce haunted feelings with infrasound, an audio tone below the threshold of human hearing.

Haunt Room is located in the 14th Street Passage on the High Line. The structure will be open daily between noon and 6:00 PM through December 4, 2011.

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High Line Art 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., with additional support from Vital Projects Fund, Inc. High Line Art 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 with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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EnlargeScreenshot from Google Street View, facing north from the 10th Avenue Square.

Google Street View now features the High Line between Gansevoort Street and West 30th Street, allowing you to plan your visit, take a virtual stroll, and explore the park in a whole new way. As part of an broader initiative to give virtual access to parks around the world, Google visited the High Line in June, 2011 to capture the park in the glory of spring.

Read more about the project on our blog.

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The future of the final section of the High Line at the West Side Rail Yards took a major step forward today.

For the very first time, all stakeholders have now publicly stated their commitment to preserving and transforming the High Line at the West Side Rail Yards, including the spur over 10th Avenue, into public open space.

Today’s announcement was made at a press conference to mark a lease agreement between the Related Companies and Coach. The New York-based retail company, which is currently based on West 34th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues, plans to occupy 600,000 square feet of new office space within a new building to be built at the northwest corner of 10th Avenue and West 30th Street. The Related Companies will begin construction of the building in 2012, effectively breaking ground on the planned development for the Hudson Yards.

Read the Mayor’s press release to learn more about the development project.

At the press conference, Mayor Bloomberg announced two pieces of major news for the High Line:

  • CSX Transportation, Inc., the private rail freight company that still owns the High Line at the West Side Rail Yards, has agreed, in principle, to donate this last remaining section to the City of New York, just like it did for the High Line south of West 30th Street, and
  • The City of New York has reached an agreement, in principle, with the State of New York and the Related Companies to preserve the entire historic structure of the High Line at the West Side Rail Yards, including the spur over 10th Avenue, and is working to open the High Line all the way to West 34th Street to the public as soon as possible.

The details of the necessary legal agreements to allow the High Line to move forward still need to be finalized, but this consensus is without a doubt the most significant step toward our ultimate goal of preserving the entire historic High Line.

Once the City’s acquisition is complete, Friends of the High Line expects to design and operate this section of the High Line through a public-private partnership with the City of New York, just like the park south of West 30th Street. We have already made significant progress on raising private funding to support the High Line’s final section and build the park’s endowment, including a $20 million commitment from the Diller – von Furstenberg Family Foundation, as well as $5 million pledges from The Tiffany & Co. Foundation and Donald Pels and Wendy Keys. We are also grateful to other generous supporters who have funded our advocacy work and all rail yards programming: the New York Community Trust and its LuEsther T. Mertz Advised Fund, Greenacre Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

There is more work to be done, of course. We look forward to working with all of the stakeholders to finalize the City’s acquisition. We would like to thank Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Quinn, the Metropolitan Transit Authority, Manhattan Community Boards 2 and 4, the Related Companies, and Coach for their commitment to the High Line. We would also like to thank CSX Transportation, Inc. for its commitment to donate the final section of the High Line to the City, and for its historic and ongoing support for the project.

Crews have cleared the ice from teh High Line's paths, and the entire park, between Gansevoort Street and West 30th Street, is now open to the public. Visit the blog to learn more about our process for removing ice from the High Line's paths.

Please check back for the latest updates and information.

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Due to unsafe conditions created by the persistent snow, the High Line is closing early on Saturday, October 29. Visitors should anticipate a delayed opening of the High Line on Sunday, October 30, to allow crews to clear the stairs and pathways for visitors.

Please check back for latest updates and information or follow @highlinenyc on Twitter.

The High Line will remain closed on Sunday, October 30 due to unsafe conditions created by heavy ice. To protect the plants and path, we do not use corrosive rock salt or chemicals to melt ice and snow. Instead, we rely on warmer temperatures and hand shovels to remove ice from the park's pathway.

Today's High Line Program, Halloween Hi-Jinks on the High Line, is cancelled.

Visitors should anticipate a delayed opening of the High Line on Monday, October 31 to allow crews to finish clearing the ice. Please check back for latest updates and information or follow @highlinenyc on Twitter.

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Halloween Hi-Jinks on the High Line is cancelled. To ensure everyone's safety and to allow crews to clear the ice, the park will remain closed on Sunday, October 30.

Please subscribe to our email newsletter and follow @highlinenyc on Twitter for updates on High Line Programs for families.

EnlargeHalloween Hi Jinks

Dress in costume and bring the whole family to the first-ever High Line Halloween Parade. A giant haunted train made by kids from local public schools will lead the parade to the Chelsea Market Passage, where families can enjoy face-painting, spooky tunes, and playtime with the Children’s Workyard Kit. From 12:00 - 4:00 PM, you can even purchase a pumpkin you pick out yourself—using your artistic talents to decorate it or just take it home to enjoy.

Visit our Event Calendar to learn more.

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