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A new phase of construction has begun on the High Line. This new phase – Site Preparation – will ready the structure for the installation of the new park landscape. The current work includes steel and concrete repair; sandblasting and repainting of all steel surfaces; bird deterrents; and the installation of a new underside drainage system. During sandblasting, the High Line structure will be wrapped with a containment unit to protect workers and adjacent areas (see photo).

Site Preparation follows the timely completion of the Removals phase, which cleared tracks, ballast, and debris from the elevated rail bed. (The tracks have been tagged and stored, so that many of them can be reinstalled into the future park landscape.) Site Preparation will wind down in summer 2007, paving the way for the installation of the new High Line access systems, pathways, plantings, and lighting, now being designed by the team led by Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

View Construction Photos

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Planting Designer Piet Oudolf recently sent these photos of his garden, in Hummelo, the Netherlands. Oudolf continues to develop his planting designs for the High Line, in collaboration with the design team of Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The team's approach is inspired by the self-seeded High Line landscape that grew during the 25 years after the trains stopped running.

Among the world's most innovative planting designers, Oudolf was among the first to introduce large-scale perennial plantings into public landscapes. He uses his own garden as kind of testing ground, experimenting to create captivating, dynamic, and durable landscapes of texture, fragrance, and color, with a focus on seasonal variation, plant life cycle, and transformation over time.

View more examples of Piet's work in our Photo Gallery.

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Join FHL this fall for a series of exciting community events. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free, but RSVP to (212) 206-9922 or carolyn@thehighline.org is required. Please be sure to specify which event you'd like to attend.

Seed Harvest on the High Line
Saturday, October 14, 12:00 Noon
Space is extremely limited and spots will be awarded via a lottery. You must also attend a mandatory training session the week before to participate. RSVP for more information and meeting location.

West Chelsea Gallery Tour with Creative Time Director Anne Pasternak
Saturday, October 21, 1:00 pm
This is the first in a series of West Chelsea gallery tours led by local art world experts. Space is limited.
RSVP for meeting location.

High Line Design Talk and Reception
Thursday, November 2, 6:00 pm
This event is presented in conjunction with the New York City Transit Museum.
Tickets are $5 for Transit Museum members and $8 for the general public.
The presentation will be held at the Hudson Guild's Dan Carpenter Room, 441 West 26th Street (between 9th & 10th Avenues).
RSVP to the Transit Museum: (718) 694-1867

The New Yorker's Passport to the Art World Gallery Walk Benefiting FHL
Saturday, November 11, 10:00 am
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling (866) 468-3399 or at www.ticketweb.com closer to the date.

Design Talk with High Line Lighting Designer Hervé Descottes of L'Observatoire
Monday, November 20, 6:30 pm
This is the first in a series of design presentations with members of the High Line design team.
Cedar Lake Theater
547 West 26th Street
RSVP is required.

Kids' Holiday Card-making Class Led by Artist Michael De Feo
Saturday, December 2, 1:00 pm
RSVP for meeting location.

This October, FHL, in conjunction with Open House New York, will present an audio tour of notable sites in the High Line district. This innovative, self-guided tour, which can be accessed for free from any cell phone, will kick off during the 4th Annual Open House New York (OHNY) weekend, October 7 – 8.

The tour is expected to include recorded messages from Kevin Bacon, Glenn Close, Tom Colicchio, James Corner, Edward Norton, Anne Pasternak, Ric Scofidio, and Diane von Furstenberg. Tour maps will be available at FHL's High Line viewing site, at 820 Washington Street, in the Meatpacking District, during OHNY weekend. They will also be available for download at www.thehighline.org and www.ohny.org beginning in October.

Tour markers with phone numbers will be located throughout the High Line district, near sites of significance to the High Line. At each site, participants can use a cell phone to call the number and listen to a message from a prominent High Line supporter.

High Line Cell Phone Tour
October 7 – 31, 2006
Maps available October 7 – 8 at High Line OHNY viewing location, 820 Washington Street (at Gansevoort Street), and online beginning October 7 at www.thehighline.org and www.ohny.org.

Open House New York (OHNY) is an annual events series that gives New Yorkers a behind-the-scenes look at sites of architectural and historical significance. Because the elevated rail bed of the High Line is not yet open to the public, FHL has participated in OHNY weekend for the past four years by opening a location adjacent to the High Line for public viewing of the structure from above. This year's viewing location is a third-story, outdoor loading dock in a former meatpacking plant on Washington and Gansevoort Streets. This building, at the southern end of the High Line, is now owned by the City of New York. It was one of the buildings where goods were unloaded directly from the High Line. There will be hourly presentations by FHL staff and the High Line design team. No RSVP is required, and admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be advised: lines may be long during peak visiting hours.

High Line Viewing at OHNY
October 7 – 8, 2006
12:00 Noon – 5:00 pm
FREE
No RSVP required
820 Washington Street (at Gansevoort Street)

By subway: A, C, E, or L to 14th Street and 8th Avenue
By bus: M14 to 14th Street and 9th Avenue


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This summer, FHL gave one-time-use cameras, donated by Fujifilm, to children who live or go to school in the neighborhoods surrounding the High Line. The goal of the project was to capture a new perspective on these neighborhoods, which often receive more attention for their upscale shops and restaurants than for the diversity of their residents, workers, and visitors.

Through their camera lenses, the young photographers show a side of the High Line district only visible to those who live and play here. Children were invited to take pictures of things around them they saw as important or interesting. Each student got a brief orientation on how to use their camera and the goal of the project, but students were not coached on how to take "good" pictures or what to photograph. This exhibition of more than 75 photographs is the culmination of the project. A larger selection of photographs is also available for viewing online.

High Line Kids' Camera Project Exhibition
Monday, September 18 - Sunday, November 12, 2006
Chelsea Market Main Concourse
75 Ninth Avenue (between 15th and 16th Streets)


The High Line is one of 70 international public spaces and public space concepts featured in The Good Life: New Public Spaces for Recreation, an exhibition presented by the Van Alen Institute. The exhibition, at Pier 40 at Houston Street, runs through October 1 and is free to the public.

Read a review of the exhibition from ArchNewsNow.com.

For directions and hours, please visit the exhibition Web site: www.vanalen.org.

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Since our April 10 Groundbreaking ceremony, the City's team of contractors has made major advances on the High Line. The first phase of construction, removal of debris and nonstructural concrete, has been completed for Section 1, from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street. This phase included removal and storage of all the original rail tracks, which were tagged and mapped so that some can be integrated into the design of the new High Line landscape.

The contract for the next phase of construction has been awarded, through a public bidding process, and work is set to begin in September. The scope of work for this phase will include lead paint abatement, repainting of the structure, concrete and steel repair, and the installation of drainage systems and pigeon deterrents on the underside of the High Line. During the lead paint abatement process, the construction team will use a mobile containment structure to protect surrounding areas while sandblasting.

This phase of construction is expected to continue into summer 2007, after which the next phase, construction of access points and the public landscape atop the structure, will begin. The first section of the High Line is scheduled to open in 2008.

Dinner and drinks at Pier 63 Maritime, followed by presentations of the High Line design and a future section of Hudson River Park at 8:00 PM. Presented in conjunction with Friends of Hudson River Park.

Pier 63, West 23rd Street and the Hudson River
Wednesday, August 23, 6:30 PM
Food and beverages available for sale on the Pier


RSVP

It will be with deep affection and gratitude that we say farewell to FHL's Director of Development, Juliet Page, when she leaves Friends of the High Line in September. Juliet is moving to New Orleans to join her husband, Philip Hollander, assistant professor of Hebrew literature and director of the Hebrew language program at Tulane Universtiy. Juliet and Philip were married this past June.

As a development director, Juliet led FHL through a period of vibrant growth. Our summer benefit, which raised $200,000 in 2002, raised $1.25 million in 2006, thanks to Juliet's hard work and her ability to communicate the importance of the High Line project to donors at all levels.

But Juliet has been much, much more than a development director. She has been a powerful, guiding force in the most important decisions about FHL's mission and projects. She championed an expansion of our community engagement efforts, always inspiring us to see occasional failures as reasons to redouble our efforts. The successful 2005 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, which was extended to run for six months and which introduced the High Line to thousands of New Yorkers and visitors, was originally proposed by Juliet. As always, she inspired us to reach beyond own expectations – to dream and then make those dreams come true.

Juliet came to FHL when the High Line was under threat of demolition, when we had only two staff members, and when most people had never heard of the High Line. She leaves us with the High Line under construction and projected to open in 2008, with FHL driven by an energetic staff of nine, and with the High Line known across the city and around the world as a model project of vision and innovation.

We think of her as a member of our family, and we will miss her very much. We also envy those who will have the good fortune to work with her in years to come.

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