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On Wednesday, November 7, Friends of the High Line Co-Founder Robert Hammond will give a lecture at Google's New York headquarters. The talk will focus on how the lessons and successes of the High Line project can serve as a model for other community activism projects or for anyone interested in starting their own non-profit organization.

Friends of the High Line as a Model
Wednesday, November 7, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Tech Talks Room

Seating is limited. You must RSVP to be assured a seat.

On Tuesday, October 16, Friends of the High Line Co-Founder Joshua David will speak on a panel entitled "A Civic Activist Boot Camp: Working Within and Without the System." The panel is part of the Municipal Art Society's (MAS) public programs surrounding its exhibition "Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York", running through January 5, 2008. Tickets are available for this panel and other MAS programs on the MAS Web site ($12 for the public, $8 for MAS members and students).

Please do not RSVP to FHL

Visit the MAS Web site to purchase tickets.

Friends of the High Line has outgrown its current office space and will be moving to a larger space in the coming months. In preparation for this expansion, FHL is looking for donations of building materials and supplies as well as office furniture (desks, chairs, file cabinets).

If you have materials to donate, please contact Rick Little at

Join Friends of the High Line and the Horticulture Society of New York (HSNY) this Saturday, September 29, as we present a tour of HSNY's GreenBranches sites in Red Hook, Brooklyn. We will meet in Manhattan, where a trolley will pick us up and take us to the Red Hook sites.

GreenBranches is a community project which works to install and maintain gardens around the city's public library branches. In conjunction with HSNY's GreenHouse program, many of the sites are maintained by former inmates at Rikers Island who have been trained in horticultural and landscape maintenance. Other sites are maintained by student groups through HSNY's Apple Seeds program.

Learn more about HSNY's Greenbranches Program

Tour of GreenBranches Sites
Saturday, September 29
10:00 AM &ndash 1:00 PM

RSVP for meeting location

On Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7, for the first time ever, the High Line will be open to the public as part of the annual Open House New York (OHNY) weekend. Our staff and volunteers will lead tours of the High Line's northern section, which still exists its wild, self-seeded state. A limited number of these tour slots are being held especially for High Line supporters on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning today. After these slots are filled, more spaces will be available for the general public beginning this Friday.

High Line tours at Open House New York
Saturday & Sunday, October 6 & 7
11:00 AM &ndash 4:00 PM

For RSVP instructions, please email

Because we anticipate a high volume of responses, we ask our supporters to limit themselves to two tickets apiece.

OHNY is an annual weekend-long event that opens sites of architectural and historical interest to the public. The High Line has been an OHNY site since the event began in 2003, but in previous years, participants were only permitted to view the High Line from surrounding buildings. Special thanks to CSX Transportation and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation for making these tours possible.

The inaugural High Line 07: Chelsea Open Studios is a three-day-long look inside more than 50 private, working artists' studios in West Chelsea.

Opening Reception and Group Show
Thursday, October 18, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Art Gotham, 547 West 27th Street, 5th Floor

Open Studio Dates
Friday, October 19; Saturday, October 20; and Sunday, October 21
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Pick up maps at 508 West 26th Street

For more information, please email

The New Yorker's Promotion Department invites you to take a self-guided tour of leading Chelsea galleries and receive a limited-edition pocket-size art collection. The day-long event culminates in a cocktail reception, where participants will have the opportunity to bid on select works of art to benefit Friends of the High Line. Come enjoy art from some of today’s modern masters as well as emerging artists at The New Yorker's annual Passport to the Arts.

The New Yorker Passport to the Arts
Saturday, November 10
Gallery Tour: 11:00 AM &ndash 6:00 PM
Cocktail Reception: 6:00 PM &ndash 8:00 PM

Tickets are $40 and go on sale October 1. To purchase tickets to this event, please call (866) 468-7619 or visit and search for "Passport to the Arts."

For more information, please visit the Passport to the Arts Web site.

Please do not RSVP to Friends of the High Line.

"The High Line must be saved in its entirety," according to the editorial column in the September 5 issue of the Architect's Newspaper.

The Newspaper, a leading voice of the architecture and design community, devoted its editorial column to a powerful endorsement of our efforts to preserve the High Line at the West Side Rail Yards. This section of the High Line (between 30th and 34th Streets) is currently threatened with demolition. Its fate depends on the outcome of an ongoing planning process involving the state-run MTA, which owns the Rail Yards site, and private developers.

The author of the editorial argues that the High Line creates economic growth and a vital connection to the City's past in a neighborhood that is rapidly changing:

"We remember better than most the loss of Penn Station, and in watching the years-long struggle over Moynihan Station, know how hard it is to rectify mistakes. We know that nothing is a better foil for all of the sleek new towers in the neighborhood than a piece of outdated infrastructure, both visually and for the city's own historical sense of itself. While two-thirds of the High Line is safe, that isn't enough. The High Line must be saved in its entirety.”

Read the Editorial.

For more on the High Line at the Rail Yards, please see our previous email newsletters.

You can now view this three-minute video showcasing this summer's High Line Portrait Project. Photographer Tom Kletecka took pictures of more than 1,000 High Line supporters in front of a High Line backdrop originally photographed by Joel Sternfeld. Filmmaker Matt Wolf created this video from the portraits, as well as pictures of the Portrait Project being installed in outdoor locations around the High Line. The High Line Portrait Project is made possible by the generous support of Fujifilm.

Watch the Portrait Project Video.

Visit the Portrait Project Web Site.

FHL is seeking a part-time bookkeeper one or two days per week. Responsibilities will include: processing accounts payable, handling petty cash, completing monthly bank reconciliations, processing payroll, preparing monthly financial reports, and assisting in the preparation of annual audit documents.

  • Three+ years non-profit bookkeeping experience
  • BA or equivalent degree
  • Proficiency with QuickBooks, MS Word, & MS Excel
  • Knowledge of Raiser's Edge a plus
To Apply:
Submit cover letter and resume to

Rick Little
Director of Operations
Friends of the High Line
430 West 14th Street, Suite 304
New York, NY 10014

No phone calls, please.