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On September 29, Friends of the High Line and the Horticulture Society of New York will present a special tour for High Line supporters 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 inmates at Rikers Island who have been trained in horticultural and landscape maintenance. Others are maintained by student groups through HSNY's Apple Seeds program. On September 25, HSNY will present an in-depth look at the program at their office in Midtown. For details, please call (212) 757-0915, x100 or email

Learn more about HSNY's GreenBranches program.

Saturday, September 29
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
RSVP to for meeting location

Site preparation work on Section 2 of the High Line (from 20th to 30th Streets) is being made possible in part by a $200,000 Brownfields Cleanup Grant to the City of New York from the US Environmental Protection Agency. The grant funds the remediation of contaminants, particularly lead paint, associated with the High Line's former use as a rail viaduct.

During Site Preparation, the steel and concrete structure are repaired and prepared for the installation of the new park environment and access points. Site preparation on Section 1 is projected to be complete in the next few weeks, after which Landscape Construction will begin. Section 1 is anticipated to open to the public in 2008.

Friends of the High Line and the City of New York hold regular construction update meetings for the community. If you're interested in attending, or have comments on grant funding, remediation, or construction please send an email to

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  Please join Friends of the High Line and The Kitchen for our second Kitchen High Line Block Party next Saturday, September 15, from 12:00 Noon &ndash 5:00 PM.

We'll be transforming 19th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues (under the High Line), into a colorful, kid-friendly bazaar with artist-led activities, crafts and workshops, live performances, and food from neighborhood restaurants.

Artist-led activities will include bean planting and potato printing, a singing telegram, storytelling, body painting, a castle made of recycled material, a hula-hoop workshop, a reptile petting zoo, mask-, puppet-, kite-making – and more!

The Kitchen High Line Block Party: FREE
Saturday, September 15
12:00 Noon – 5:00 PM
West 19th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues
Rain or shine

RSVP is not required

In the wake of the tragic bridge collapse in Minneapolis on August 1, we've received numerous questions about the structural capacity and condition of the High Line. Is the High Line structurally sound? Is the High Line susceptible to a structural failure similar to that of the bridge in Minneapolis?

The High Line is structurally sound, and it is different from the Minneapolis bridge in a number of ways. First of all, in terms of its structural design, the High Line employs a much simpler structural system, using single-span beams and girders on columns, spanning short distances, as opposed to a more complex "truss-deck" bridge designed for larger spans. This means that the loads for any given area on the High Line are transferred immediately to the underlying beams, and to the ground through the nearest column. Secondly, the High Line was designed for a much greater loads – by a factor of 20 – than what is necessary for its future use as a pedestrian promenade. Thirdly, under the guidance of noted structural engineers Robert Silman & Associates, the High Line has just undergone a comprehensive inspection and repair program as part of its transformation into a park. The engineers' inspection has revealed that the High Line structure, in general, is in remarkably good condition. At specific locations, however, repair work includes removal and replacement of small areas of rusted steel, and replacement of underperforming rivet connections. In addition, the concrete slab has been tested and, wherever necessary, patched or replaced in order to insure its integrity. Finally, complete sandblasting and repainting of the structure will protect the condition of the steel over the long term.

Safety on the High Line is our top priority. Over time, the High Line structure will be inspected periodically and repaired, as necessary, in order to ensure that there are no risks to the public.

Robert Hammond, Co-Founder of Friends of the High Line, will speak as part of a program series put on by Out Professionals. The event, held at The Center, will be a conversation between Robert and Josh Rubin from Cool Hunting about Robert's experiences with the High Line project since FHL's founding in 1999.

Out Professionals Conversation with Robert Hammond
Wednesday, August 15
6:30 – 7:30 PM Cocktails
7:30 – 9:00 PM Program and Q & A

LGBT Community Center (The Center)
208 West 13th Street

$5 for Out Professionals Members and Friends of the High Line
$10 for the general public

Please do not RSVP to FHL. Tickets are available at the door. Mention FHL for discounted admission.

Click here for more information.

Join Friends of the High Line and The Kitchen for our second Kitchen High Line Block Party, a neighborhood street fair. We'll be closing 19th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues – under the High Line – to make way for dozens of free, artist-led activities, live music and other performances, and affordable food from local restaurants. Watch our e-mail newsletter for more information about this one-of-a-kind family block party.

The Kitchen High Line Block Party
Saturday, September 15, 2007
12:00 Noon – 5:00 PM
West 19th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues
Rain or shine

RSVP is not required

Neighborhood street fair presented by The Kitchen and Friends of the High Line

When: Saturday, September 15, from 12PM-5PM. Rain or Shine
Where: West 19th Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues

New York, NY, August 3, 2007 – West 19th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues will be transformed into a family-friendly festival featuring dozens of artist-led activity booths, crafts, workshops, and live performances in the second annual Kitchen High Line Block Party on Saturday, September 15, from 12PM-5PM (rain or shine). The festival is the result of a collaborative relationship between The Kitchen and Friends of the High Line.

Among the block party highlights:
• Artist Pablo Helguera will deliver singing telegrams by request around the world over the phone
• A performance by Hoofer’s House Tap Jam Session and tap-dancing workshop with Jason Samuels Smith and the Pheeroan akLaff Trio
• A reptile petting zoo hosted by Erik’s Reptile Ed-ventures

Other planned activities include face painting, puppet-making, temporary tattoos, cookie-decorating, mask-making, and collaborative sculpture-making. Artist-led workshops in hula-hooping and drumming will also take place throughout the day. With artist installations and music by DJ Reborn, as well as a range of live music and dance performances on The Kitchen’s main stage, the Block Party will attract individuals and families from all over the city and the Kitchen/High Line neighborhood, including youth, adults, and seniors from Fulton Houses and Chelsea-Elliott Houses. The first Kitchen High Line Block Party, held in 2005, drew more than 5,000 attendees.

Debra Singer, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Kitchen, commented, "We are very proud of this event, which allows us to give something back to the community of Chelsea, where we have made our home for over twenty-five years."

Robert Hammond, Co-Founder of Friends of the High Line, said, "This free party is one of our favorite events. It’s a pleasure to invite our neighbors and fellow New Yorkers to join us in a celebration of the creative energy of this neighborhood, New York City, and of our two organizations."

Artists leading activities include Groovehoops, Elia Alba, William Cordova, Michael de Feo, Dahlia Elsayed, Pablo Helguera, Nancy Hwang, Wardell Milan II, Adam Schecter, Shinique Smith, Bec Stupak, Charmaine Wheatley, Saya Woolfak and Chris Myers.

The main stage will feature live music and dance performances by DJ Reborn, Matana Roberts & Friends (a saxophonist and her quintet), Hoofer’s House Tap Jam Session (in collaboration with The Studio Museum in Harlem), and a workshop and performance by the Afro-Latin drum ensemble Ilu Aiye.

The fair will also feature affordable food from local vendors including the Treats Truck, Chelsea Thai, Amy’s Bread, Ronnybrook Farms, Cleaver Company, and Calidad Latina. Visitors can also cool off inside The Kitchen and view the new exhibition Between Thought and Sound: Graphic Notation in Contemporary Music, a group exhibition that explores the intersection of drawing and sound through experimental scores by more than thirty composers who relinquish traditional musical notation in favor of their own invented visual systems of pictorial or "graphic" elements.

The Kitchen High Line Block Party is made possible with generous support from Chelsea Market and funds from New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, the New York City Council, the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

The Kitchen is one of New York City’s oldest nonprofit performance and exhibition spaces, showing experimental work by innovative artists, both emerging and established. Programs range from dance, music, and theatrical performances to video and media arts exhibitions to literary events, film screenings, and artists’ talks. Since its inception in 1971, The Kitchen has been a powerful force in shaping the cultural landscape of this country and has helped launch the careers of many artists who have gone on to worldwide prominence. For more information, please visit

Friends of the High Line is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and reuse of the High Line, a 1.5-mile-long historic elevated rail structure on the West Side of Manhattan. A new public park is now under construction on the High Line. The first section, between Gansevoort Street and West 20th Street, is expected to open in 2008. For more information, visit

Media contacts:

Blake Zidell, The Kitchen
718.643. 9052

Katie Lorah, Friends of the High Line
(212) 206-9922
Come be creative and get your hands dirty on this summer Friday!

FHL needs volunteers this Friday, July 27 to help work on outdoor collages as part of the High Line Portrait Project. Volunteers will help maintain and add to portrait collages at four locations, using wheatpaste. We will work on the installations from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. If you're interested in helping with the Portrait Project, please email

For more info on the High Line Portrait Project, please visit the Portrait Project Web site.

The High Line Portrait Project is made possible by FujiFilm USA.

This Thursday, FHL is partnering with Rooftop Films to screen a series of short films on the roof of Westbeth Artists Community (formerly the Bell Labs building, right). The High Line used to run through Bell Labs before that section of the High Line was taken down in 1991.

The theme of the evening is The Show Must Go On: Short films about people who find beauty and value in the pieces and places that others have left behind.

Please do not RSVP to FHL.

Tickets are available in advance through for $5.00, or at the door for $8.00.

Click here to buy advance tickets.

Thursday, July 26
8:30 PM – Live Music
9:00 PM – Movies Begin
On the roof of the Westbeth Artists Community
55 Bethune Street
(between Washington Street & West Side Highway)
Rain or shine

Take the A/C/E/L to 14th St & 8th Ave or the 1/2/3 to 14th St & 7th Ave
Walk west on 14th Street to Washington Street
Make a left on Washington and walk downtown 6 blocks to Bethune Street

In coming weeks, visitors to the Meatpacking District may see new activity under the High Line. In August, the City's contractors will begin to tear down the portion of the out-of-use meat processing plant at 820 Washington Street (above). This area under the High Line, at the corner of Gansevoort and Washington Streets, will ultimately be used for the southernmost public entrance to the High Line, with an open public plaza at street level at the corner.