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EnlargeStep to the High Line

Teens from around the city turn the High Line into their stage during Step to the High Line, a week-long festival of step performances. Beginning Monday, a different step team performs their routine on the High Line each day of the week. On Saturday, the festival culminates in a showcase of all step teams, as well as a special guest appearance by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and an interactive, family-friendly learn-to-step workshop led by teens from Christopher Columbus High Line.

Watch a video to get a preview. Visit our Event Calendar for details.

The Step to the High Line Festival and Showcase are presented in partnership with Friends of the High Line, Hudson Guild, and Youth Step USA. Performances on the High Line are generously supported by The Philip & Janice Levin Foundation.

Enlarge23rd Street Lawn

The 23rd Street Lawn is a favorite new gathering space on the High Line, offering open green space for picnicking, sunbathing, and people-watching. Rejuvenation plays a major role in sustaining the Lawn. To this end, the Lawn will be temporarily closed at times throughout the busy season to allow the grass to recover after periods of heavy rain and foot traffic. This week, the Lawn is scheduled to be closed on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. This will help keep the Lawn a welcoming green space all season long.

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EnlargeTrisha Brown Dance Company, Roof Piece (1971).

Friends of the High Line is pleased to present Trisha Brown Dance Company’s recreation of Roof Piece. Positioned on rooftops along the southern terminus of the High Line, nine dancers mimic each other’s movements in an improvised and mutable series of dances. Performances will take place Thursday, June 9, Friday, June 10, and Saturday, June 11.

Visit our Event Calendar for details and cancellation information due to inclement weather.

EnlargeHigh Line Section 2

Earlier today, we stood with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Speaker Christine Quinn, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, and other leaders and supporters to cut the ribbon on the new section of the High Line. Following the event, the new section was opened to park visitors. Wednesday, June 8, will be the first full day the new section is open to the public. The opening of the new section doubles the length of the public park. After years of planning, design and construction, the High Line is now one mile long, running from Gansevoort Street to West 30th Street, connecting the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea, and Hell's Kitchen.

New access points are located at West 23rd Street, West 26th Street, West 28th Street, and West 30th Street, supplementing the five existing access points at Gansevoort Street, West 14th Street, West 16th Street, and West 18th Street, and West 20th Street. All access points will be open daily during the public park's summer operating hours, from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

The High Line is fully wheelchair-accessible, with a new elevator located at West 30th Street, and another located at West 23rd Street and scheduled to open by the end of June, supplementing two existing elevators at West 14th Street and West 16th Street.

We expect many visitors from the neighborhood, from across New York City, and from around the world to come get a first glimpse of the new section. We hope you will visit us in the coming days and weeks, and see for yourself the beautiful, one-of-a-kind public open space you have helped us build. When you see it for the first time, remember that the landscape is still young, and it will continue to evolve through its first season and beyond. We hope it becomes a place you'll want to return to again and again.

Read more about Section 2's design on our Web site, and view photos on the High Line's Facebook page. Don't forget to add your photos to the High Line's Flickr pool.

PLEASE NOTE
Because crowding may occur in the opening weeks, please check our Web site for updates about park conditions before you visit.

EnlargeHigh Line Section 2

We are excited to announce that Wednesday, June 8, will be the first full day that Section 2 of the High Line is open to the public.

Twelve years ago, when Friends of the High Line was formed, it was hard to imagine this day was possible. Section 2 extends the High Line ten blocks north to West 30th Street, connecting three neighborhoods along Manhattan's West Side, and bringing visitors to the threshold of the High Line at the rail yards. We are grateful to every elected official, donor, member, community partner, volunteer, and supporter who helped pave the way for this historic moment.

Read last weekend's coverage in The New York Times and New York Post to learn more about the new design and planting features, and join us this summer to experience Section 2 and the many other special initiatives in celebration of Section 2's opening:

THE LOT
A temporary public plaza will open below the High Line, offering an art installation presented by AOL, The Lot on Tap operated by Colicchio & Sons, food trucks, free community events, family activities, and more. Read more about it in The New York Times.

HIGH LINE FOOD
This summer, you will be able to grab a snack, pick up a meal, or enjoy a dessert without leaving the High Line. We will announce this year's High Line Food vendors soon.

HIGH LINE ART
New public artworks will debut, including a sculpture by Sarah Sze, a sound installation by Julianne Swartz, a photographic billboard installation by Joel Sternfeld, and a series of rooftop dance performances by the Trisha Brown Dance Company.

STEP TO THE HIGH LINE FESTIVAL
Teens from around the city will transform the High Line into their stage for a week-long festival of step performances celebrating the power and energy of our city's youth. Watch a video to get a sneak peek.

CHILDREN'S WORKYARD KIT
Weekly Wild Wednesday and Saturday Play activities feature a new, custom-designed play kit by industrial designer Cas Holman. Children can get creative with real lumber planks, simple tools, and natural materials.

PLEASE NOTE
Because crowding may occur in the opening weeks, please check our Web site for updates about park conditions before you visit.


SUPPORT
High Line Art is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and is made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr.; The Rockefeller Foundation's New York City Cultural Innovation Fund; The Greenwall Foundation; Vital Projects Fund, Inc.; and 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. Performances on the High Line are generously supported by The Philip & Janice Levin Foundation. In-kind sponsorship is provided by Edison Properties.

EnlargeJoel Sternfeld, A Railroad Artifact, 30th St, May 2000.

On Thursday, June 2, Friends of the High Line debuted Joel Sternfeld's A Railroad Artifact, 30th St, May 2000 the first work in Landscape with Path, a series of large-scale photographs presented on a 25-by-75-foot billboard immediately adjacent to the High Line at West 18th Street.

Joel Sternfeld was invited by Friends of the High Line to kick off the series with one of his now-iconic images of the High Line, A Railroad Artifact, 30th St, May 2000. He was also invited to select the other two artists to follow his project. As guest curator for the series, he selected with the theme of the Landscape with Path, and invited Robert Adams and Darren Almond to exhibit their work following his own.

Joel Sternfeld photographed the High Line over the course of a year in 2000 - 2001. The images he shot of the space before its conversion into a public park show it as it was for many years: overgrown with wild plants; an untamed meadow-like space cutting through Manhattan's West Side. These images were important catalysts in conveying the potential for the space as a public green space, and helped convert many people into supporters of the movement to save it from demolition.

Landscape with Path celebrates the High Line's dual nature as an urban walkway and garden promenade, and brings the work of three celebrated photographers to park visitors on a grand scale. Each billboard will remain on view for one month, in June, August, and October, 2011. Read more.


SUPPORT
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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EnlargePhoto by Joan Garvin

In order to install new signage structures and panels, the 20th Street Stair will be temporarily closed Friday, June 3, from 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM. We apologize for any inconvenience.

During this period, the High Line is accessible at Gansevoort Street, West 14th Street, West 16th Street, or West 18th Street. See Park Information for further details. Please check back for future updates.

EnlargePhoto by Joan Garvin

In order to install new signage structures and panels, the 18th Street Stair will be temporarily closed Thursday, June 2, from 7:00 - 11:00 AM, and the 20th Street Stair will be closed from 11:00 - 3:00 PM. We apologize for any inconvenience.

During these periods, the High Line is accessible at Gansevoort Street, West 14th Street, or West 16th Street. See Park Information for further details. Please check back for future updates.

EnlargePhoto by Joan Garvin

In order to install new signage structures and panels, the 18th Street Stair will be temporarily closed Thursday, June 2, from 7:00 - 10:00 AM. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The High Line is accessible at Gansevoort Street, West 14th Street, West 16th Street, or West 20th Street. See Park Information for further details about park entrances. Please check back for future updates.

EnlargePhoto by Joan Garvin

Due to repainting, the 20th Street Stair will be temporarily closed Wednesday, May 25, through Sunday, May 29. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The High Line is accessible at Gansevoort Street, West 14th Street, West 16th Street, or West 18th Street. See Park Information for further details about park entrances. Please check back for future updates.

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