Friends of the High Line
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Construction Update: Sandblasting at the Rail Yards

Site preparations are underway on the third and final section of the High Line. Construction crews are working through the cold winter temperatures to clean and paint the High Line’s railings, steel beams, girders, and columns.

This week when you visit the park and look through the construction fence at West 30th Street, you’ll see a portion of the High Line at the Rail Yards is wrapped with grey canvas, creating a containment tent. Inside the tent, crews are sandblasting and painting the High Line’s steel. Once the contractor finishes painting the topcoat, the tent will be dismantled and reinstalled to the west, so that the process can begin on the next section of the elevated railway.

View construction photos

Get Involved: Attend a High Line Volunteer Fair

Learn about ways to share your talents at the High Line.

Our volunteer community plays a critical role in all areas of the park’s operations. All year long you will find volunteers tending plants alongside our gardeners, introducing visitors to the park’s history during guided docent tours, helping at special events, and much more.

Don’t miss these occasions to learn about volunteer opportunities at the High Line. Stop by the park on Tuesday, January 22 or Thursday, January 31, and chat with High Line staff and current volunteers about ways to get involved.

Snow Team: Help Open the Park after Winter Storms

Here’s a way to meet your New Year’s resolution to get in shape: sign up to become a snow volunteer at the High Line!

It's all hands on deck when snow falls on the High Line, and we'd love your help. With support from REI, Friends of the High Line invites drop-in volunteers to help clear the park’s pathway following winter storms. Next time it snows, all you need to do is bundle up and stop by the park to join the fun. We’ll give you a shovel and pair you with a High Line staff member to clear snow for as little or as long as you like. Then enjoy complimentary hot chocolate for your hard work!

If you plan to help out, you can sign-up in advance to receive updates.


Stay Tuned: High Line Snow Sculpt-Off

The next time a large snowstorm hits New York City, grab your hat and mittens and bring your creativity to the park for our High Line Snow Sculpt-Off.

Start coordinating your team and planning your ideas, and keep an eye out for an email from us announcing the details. The team behind the winning sculpture will take home prizes from Chelsea Piers; The Standard, High Line; People’s Pops; and Melt Bakery.

The sky is the limit for what you can build. Watch a video from the last competition to get inspired!

Entertain at the High Line: Now Booking Private Events

Host your event at the High Line in 2013.

Friends of the High Line partners with Skylight Group to produce a limited number of parties, fashion shows, and other private events at the High Line, one of the city’s most unique event venues. The park offers your guests the opportunity to enjoy lush plantings, sunsets over the Hudson River, and interesting views of the cityscape. Last year the park hosted events for clients such as Vanity Fair, Project Runway, and Tommy Hilfiger.

Check out the venues

Skylight is now booking events for 2013. Email to inquire.

Highlights from the Web

Here are recent popular items from the High Line Blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

High Line Blog
VIDEO: Time-lapse video of El Anatsui’s High Line Art Installation

VIDEO: Photo Montage of Favorite High Line Moments in 2012

A photo essay on four seasons of horticulture at the High Line.

Want more High Line?

Check out the High Line Blog, like the High Line on Facebook, and follow @highlinenyc on Twitter to stay connected.

Our Incredible Friends

Once again, members and friends like you have blown us away. More than 1,100 people supported the High Line in December, allowing us to not only to meet, but to surpass, our $350,000 matching gift challenge goal — the High Line’s largest ever.

With matching funds provided by Friends of the High Line’s Board of Directors, friends like you collectively provided more than $700,000 to keep the park thriving in 2013.

We are deeply grateful for the role that each and every supporter plays in sustaining the High Line, and continue to be amazed and honored by the passion and commitment of our community. Thank you.

Friends of the High Line
529 West 20th Street, Suite 8W
New York, NY 10011
(212) 206-9922

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The High Line is managed by a partnership between Friends of the High Line and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation

Images from top to bottom: Steven Severinghaus, Timothy Schenck, Liz Ligon, Marcin Wichary, Joan Garvin, Rich Nacin, and Juan Valentin

REI is a Supporting Partner of Volunteer Programs at the High Line.

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