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Friends of the High Line and UNIQLO invite you to celebrate Fashion’s Night Out at the High Line Rink with a 70s disco dance party on roller skates on Thursday, September 8 from 6:00 to 10:00 PM. Music will be provided by DJ Humbalaya. Admission to the rink will be free starting at 6:00 PM for the first 500 people thanks to UNIQLO.

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The High Line Rink is presented by Japanese clothing retailer UNIQLO as part of a two-year partnership that supports the ongoing maintenance and operations of the High Line.

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The High Line is now open. The Lot on Tap and the High Line Rink will be open starting at 4:00 PM. Crews spent the morning clearing loose debris, replanting uprooted shrubs, testing the utilities and elevators, returning the mobile chairs, tables, trash receptacles, and food vendor carts to the park, and restoring the park and The Lot to a safe and welcoming condition.

The High Line is in great shape despite the high winds and heavy rains brought by Hurricane Irene. In the Gansevoort Woodland and planting beds near the 14th Street Passage, several small saplings were uprooted by the winds, but the majority of the park's plants and all of the utilities and architectural features are intact. The Lot on Tap and the High Line Rink sustained no major damage.

Please check back or follow the High Line on Twitter for future updates on park operations.

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The High Line is in great shape despite the high winds and heavy rains brought by Hurricane Irene. In the Gansevoort Woodland and planting beds near the 14th Street Passage, several small saplings that were recently planted were uprooted by the winds, but the majority of the park's plants and all of the utilities and architectural features are intact.

The High Line will remain closed on Sunday, August 28, 2011 to allow crews to continue to assess the park for damage. We anticipate a delayed opening on Monday, August 29, 2011 to allow crews to clear loose debris and restore the park to a safe and welcoming condition. Please check back, or follow the High Line on Facebook or Twitter for updates on the opening of the park, The Lot on Tap, and the High Line Rink.

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Due to anticipated weather associated with Hurricane Irene, the High Line will be closed on Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28, 2011. All public programs planned at the High Line this weekend are cancelled. The Lot, The Lot on Tap, and the High Line Rink will close at 5:00 PM on Friday, August 26, 2011 to allow crews to prepare the site for the inclement weather, and remain closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Hurricane Irene is expected to hit New York City Saturday night, and it has the potential to make parks and open spaces unsafe during and after the storm. Mayor Bloomberg has advised, “Because of the high winds that will accompany the storm, we are urging all New Yorkers for their own safety to stay out of parks where the high winds will increase the danger of downed trees and limbs."

We anticipate re-opening of the park, The Lot, The Lot on Tap, and the High Line Rink on Monday. Please check back for updates or follow @highlinenyc on Twitter.

In case of emergency, please call 911. To report any incidences, call 311. For information and updates on weather and ways to stay safe during the hurricane, visit www.nyc.gov/severeweather or call 311.

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On Monday, August 22 at 6:30 PM, the ladies from the Gotham Girls Roller Derby will hold a scrimmage at the High Line Rink — Made for All by UNIQLO. Dressed in red and black, two teams comprised of league skaters from the Bronx Gridlock, Queens of Pain, Brooklyn Bombshells, and Manhattan Mayhem will compete for one hour, showing off their blocking and jamming skills to the public for free.

The rink will be closed to public skating during the scrimmage. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to secure a viewing spot. After the teams finish the scrimmage, visitors can grab their own skates and join the Gotham Girls for a skate around the rink. Regular admission fees apply. For directions, pricing, and more information, click here.

Founded in 2003, and first bouting in 2004, Gotham Girls Roller Derby is New York City’s only all-female, do-it-yourself, skater-operated roller derby league. The league is comprised of strong, diverse, and independent women from the world's biggest, baddest city. As a 501c3 non-profit organization, GGRD is committed to fostering serious competition on a national and international level, developing amateur athletes for competition, and promoting the physical and mental strength and independent spirit of amateur female athletes.

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On Monday, August 1, 2011, Friends of the High Line debuted Robert Adams' Nebraska State Highway 2, Box Butte County, the second installment in Landscape with Path, a series of large-scale photographs selected by Joel Sternfeld and presented on a 25-by-75 foot billboard adjacent to the High Line at West 18th Street. The installation will remain on view for one month.

Adams’ photograph stands in direct contrast to the pedestrians, bikes, and vehicles traveling along 10th Avenue. The image shows a quiet country road--devoid of cars or any other human presence--where the gathering of cottonwood leaves in the foreground is the sole activity. “I have never looked at a Robert Adams photograph without being deeply stirred,” says Joel Sternfeld. “But the image that has an ineluctable hold on me is Nebraska State Highway 2, Box Butte County, Nebraska.” Adams made this image in 1978 as part of a survey to discover how the grand landscapes of the western United States had been shaped, in ways both subtle and dramatic, by human development. A sequence of pictures from this series was published in his 1980 book, "From the Missouri West."

Nebraska State Highway 2, Box Butte County is the second installment in Landscape with Path. The photography series celebrates the High Line's dual nature as an urban walkway and landscape promenade, and brings the work of three eminent photographers to park visitors on a grand scale. Joel Sternfeld was invited by Friends of the High Line to serve as the guest curator of the series, and kick it off with one of his own images of the High Line, A Railroad Artifact, 30th St, May 2000, which helped raise public awareness about the High Line. Read more.

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This High Line Art Commission 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. This program 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, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties. In-kind sponsorship for this series is provided by Edison Properties.

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“High Line: The Inside Story of New York City's Park in the Sky," is the first book about the High Line that tells the story of the project, and documents its history and the completed park in photos. Written by Friends of the High Line Co-Founders Joshua David and Robert Hammond, the book is being published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The book will hit the stores on October 11, 2011.

Pre-order your copy now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, or other online book retailers. Proceeds from sales of the book support the ongoing maintenance and operations of the High Line.

In this candid book—designed by Pentagram and illustrated with 250 pages of full-color images— Josh and Robert tell the story of how a crazy idea in 1999 became a reality in ten years. In their narrative, they discuss how they relied on skill, luck, and good timing, including a crucial court ruling, an inspiring design contest, the support of many New Yorkers, including Mayor Bloomberg and the New York City Council, the growing public concern around urban planning issues following September 11, and more.

Advance praise of “High Line: The Inside Story of New York City’s Park in the Sky”

"The High Line is not only a great work of design—surely the most important addition to the public realm of New York in this century; it is also a great saga. In this book Robert Hammond and Joshua David, who led the grass-roots movement to rescue the High Line from demolition, tell with energy, passion, and refreshing candor the story of how this industrial artifact became, against all odds, a magnificent park."
Paul Goldberger

"This book is the record of a bright and in fact heroic part of New York City’s history. The story of the struggle, against very long odds, by two young men to create the High Line is a story of perseverance, determination and courage, and the photographs which accompany it show the brilliance of their achievement."
Robert A. Caro

"If God is in the details, then few projects can be more divine than the High Line. Christo, the man who wraps bridges and the Reichstag, once said that for him the creative part of his work is not the finished product but the seemingly frustrating process of getting all those permits and raising funds and convincing ecologists and city planners. This careful account of how the High Line came to exist despite all the odds proves just how creative and suspenseful realizing a plan can be; it’s a real cliff-hanger."
Edmund White

"There is no more miraculous and important and gratifying piece of new American urban design than the High Line. What’s more, how it was conjured into existence is a compelling story, and here’s that story—with pictures!—told lucidly and charmingly by the two extraordinary ordinary guys who pulled it off."
Kurt Andersen

"This is a fundamentally uplifting story of two young men with a dream who scythed through red tape and skepticism, summoning a village to help re-imagine what a park could be in the twenty-first century. Thanks to their vision, and to the dedication, enthusiasm, and brilliance of their collaborators, a walk in the park has been transformed into an exhilarating urban experience that helps all of us to see our extraordinary city with new eyes."
Anna Wintour

"The story of the High Line, from rusting relic to sky-sited park, is one of the great encouraging, improbable stories of New York life in the past few decades. This book tells that story from its Quixotic beginnings to its triumphant realization, and should be read by anyone who cares about New York, or green and urban life."
Adam Gopnik

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The High Line Rink – Made for All by UNIQLO is a new, outdoor rollerskating rink now open under the High Line. Open for a limited time this summer, from Thursday, July 28 to Monday, September 26, the High Line Rink is one of the only open-air rollerskating venues in Manhattan, with regularly scheduled theme nights and other fun public activities for visitors of all ages. Admission will be free for the first 500 people on the first three days of operation thanks to UNIQLO. For directions, pricing, and more information, click here.

Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and James Corner Field Operations, in partnership with HWKN, the High Line Rink comprises 8,000 square feet within The Lot, a temporary public plaza below the High Line at West 30th Street and 10th Avenue. The High Line Rink expands the existing public amenities at The Lot, which include a rotating series of food trucks, a beer and wine bar, and an ongoing series of free public events.

The High Line Rink is open daily, from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM Sunday through Wednesday, and 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM Thursday through Saturday, between July 28 and September 26.

The High Line Rink is operated by Friends of the High Line and United Skates of America. Regular admission to the High Line Rink is $10 for children under age 13 and $12 for adults. Children under age 13 must be accompanied by an adult. The admission fee is waived for non-skating parents or guardians accompanying children under age 13. The admission fee includes a pair of rental skates, and is not be waived for guests who would like to use their own rollerskates and rollerblades. A portion of the proceeds from admission fees will support the ongoing maintenance and operations of the High Line, which is funded entirely by private funding raised by Friends of the High Line.

Rollerskaters at the High Line Rink have the opportunity to shop at the UNIQLO Cube that is glowing adjacent to the High Line Rink. Customers at the UNIQLO Cube can purchase 100% pure luxurious cashmere in a large array of colors; premium top quality ultra light down jackets; innovative world renowned inner wear Heattech; or the cool UT (UNIQLO T-Shirts) which feature collaborative designs from popular Japanese manga characters, Barbie and the Save Japan! Project. The UNIQLO Cube at the High Line Roller Rink kicks off an exciting campaign that will spread the UNIQLO brand message, Made For All, across the metropolitan area.

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The High Line Rink is presented by Japanese retailer UNIQLO as part of a two-year partnership that supports the ongoing maintenance and operations of the High Line.

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Next week, we will open the High Line Rink – Made for All by UNIQLO, a new, outdoor rollerskating rink under the High Line. Open for a limited time this summer, from Thursday, July 28 to Monday, September 26, the High Line Rink will be one of the only open-air rollerskating venues in Manhattan, with regularly scheduled theme nights and other fun public activities for New Yorkers and visitors of all ages. Admission will be free for the first 500 people on the first three days of operation thanks to UNIQLO.

Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and James Corner Field Operations, in partnership with HWKN, the High Line Rink comprises 8,000 square feet within The Lot, a temporary public plaza below the High Line at West 30th Street and 10th Avenue. The High Line Rink expands the existing public amenities at The Lot, which include a rotating series of food trucks, a beer and wine bar, and an ongoing series of free public events.

Between July 28 and September 26, the High Line Rink will be open daily, from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM Sunday through Wednesday, and 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM Thursday through Saturday.

The High Line Rink will be operated by Friends of the High Line and United Skates of America. Regular admission to the High Line Rink will cost $10 for children under age 13 and $12 for adults. Children under age 13 must be accompanied by an adult. The admission fee will be waived for non-skating parents or guardians accompanying children under age 13. The admission fee will include a pair of rental skates, and will not be waived for guests who would like to use their own rollerskates and rollerblades. A portion of the proceeds from admission fees will support the ongoing maintenance and operations of the High Line, which is funded entirely by private funding raised by Friends of the High Line.

Rollerskaters at the High Line Rink will have the opportunity to shop at the UNIQLO Cube that will be glowing adjacent to the High Line Rink. Customers at the UNIQLO Cube can purchase 100% pure luxurious cashmere in a large array of colors; premium top quality ultra light down jackets; innovative world renowned inner wear Heattech; or the cool UT (UNIQLO T-Shirts) which feature collaborative designs from popular Japanese manga characters, Barbie and the Save Japan! Project. The UNIQLO Cube at the High Line Roller Rink kicks off an exciting campaign that will spread the UNIQLO brand message, Made For All, across the metropolitan area.

SUPPORT

The High Line Rink is presented by Japanese retailer UNIQLO as part of a two-year partnership that supports the ongoing maintenance and operations of the High Line.

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There is a new way to purchase fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables in West Chelsea. Friends of the High Line is partnering with Fulton Youth of the Future, a non-profit community organization within the Robert Fulton Houses that helps teens gain career skills, to bring the first greenmarket to the High Line as part of High Line Food, a program connecting New Yorkers to the region's sustainable farms. The teens are starting small, with a market table open at The Lot every Tuesday from 2:00 to 7:00 PM until October.

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