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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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"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 We know that nothing is a better foil for all of the sleek new towers in the neighborhood than a piece of outdated infrastructure, both visually and for the city's own historical sense of itself.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.

Requirements:
  • 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

jobs@thehighline.org


No phone calls, please.

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On July 13, the MTA issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development of the West Side Rail Yards between 30th and 33rd Streets, including both the Eastern Rail Yards (ERY) and the Western Rail Yards (WRY). This represents a major milestone for the development of the West Side, and the city in general, as these two parcels represent the largest remaining undeveloped sites in Manhattan. The issuance of the RFPs is also a major milestone for the High Line, as the sites includes inform the fate of the last, unprotected, 30% of the High Line north of 30th Street.

The good news is that the RFPs state a clear preference for the preservation of the High Line: "Retaining the existing High Line structure as linear open space within the WRY [and ERY] is a goal shared by the MTA, the City, and Councilmember [Quinn]". This is a significant positive step forward towards preservation at the site.

However, this is not a guarantee of preservation. The RFP requires that developers submit proposals both with and without the High Line, so the MTA can evaluate the costs, if any, associated with preserving the High Line structure. We are hopeful that developers will recognize the historic opportunity before them, and we will seek to work with the MTA, the City and the selected developer to insure that everyone fully appreciates the civic importance of the High Line at these sites.

Developer proposals are due October 11. We will keep you posted on future actions that affect the High Line and how you can help advocate for its preservation.

For more on the Rail Yards development, see our previous email newsletters.

For the full RFP, see the MTA's Web site: www.mta.info/mta/procurement/wsy

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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 fluhrmann@hsny.org.

Learn more about HSNY's GreenBranches program.

Saturday, September 29
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
RSVP to rsvp@thehighline.org 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 construction@thehighline.org.

View Construction Photos

  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.

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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

Tickets:
$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.


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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


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