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Friends of the High Line Newsletter

January 13, 2010

Announcing the High Line Web Shop

Our High Line Sigg water bottle, Opening Season Umbrella, and second edition of Joel Sternfeld's Walking the High Line, all available through our Web Shop.

We’re proud to announce the launch of our new High Line Web Shop!

Our Web Shop is the only place you can buy High Line gear, including our wind-proof opening season umbrella, our stylish High Line Sigg aluminum water bottle, publications like Designing the High Line, t-shirts and other apparel, and more.

All proceeds from Web Shop sales support the ongoing maintenance and operations of the High Line. We offer free shipping for all domestic orders over $50.

Visit the Web Shop


Winter Weather on the High Line

High Line Maintainer Harry Bissell helps clear a walking path on the High Line after a December snow.

The High Line got its first taste of true winter weather in late December, as a blizzard swept up the East Coast and blanketed the High Line, and the rest of New York City, with 10 inches of snow. Since then, lighter snowfalls, sub-freezing temperatures, and heavy winds have been the norm in the last few weeks.

Snow and ice on the High Line present a special challenge for our Maintenance and Operations team, and they've quickly risen to the test. The team must quickly and effectively clear snow from the High Line's stairs and walking paths to make them safe for park visitors.

Because of the High Line's delicate plantings, and our commitment to sustainable operations, no traditional salts or chemicals are used in snow clearance. Instead, where the path is wide enough, snow is cleared with a rotating broom attachment to our Toolcat vehicle (shown above). On parts of the High Line where the path is narrow, and on all stairs, snow must be shoveled by hand. A heavy snowfall on the High Line is an "all hands on deck" scenario, and can require several hours of work before the park can fully open to visitors.

In the event of a snowstorm or other inclement weather this winter, please check our Web site, or follow us on Twitter, for updates. We will update both to let you know whether the High Line is fully open, partially closed, or completely closed while we work to clear snow.

We hope to see you on the High Line this winter!


New Art Piece by Richard Galpin to Debut in May

A rendering of the view through the viewing screen, part of a new work by Richard Galpin, courtesy of the artist.

We're pleased to announce an upcoming piece in our High Line Art program, an ongoing series of commissions and collaborations. This May, a new work entitled Viewing Station will debut by artist Richard Galpin, who is best known for his altered and abstract photographs of cityscapes.

For the High Line, Galpin will create a “viewing station” that will provide a manipulated view of the High Line's surroundings, recalling the artist's abstract photographic work.  Park visitors will look through a viewing apparatus lined up with a metal screen from which geometric shapes have been cut. One of the wonderful experiences the High Line has provided to visitors is a new vista of Manhattan.  Galpin's artwork will offer a novel reconsideration of our surroundings.

This High Line Art Commission is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art Commissions are made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr.

Read more about Richard Galpin's Work


January 20: High Line's Patrick Cullina Part of Wave Hill's Lecture Series

Our friends at Wave Hill in the Bronx are holding a series of lectures geared towards avid gardeners and other landscape enthusiasts. On January 20, Friends of the High Line's Vice President of Horticulture and Park Operations, Patrick Cullina, will speak as a part of this series, at the New York School of Interior Design. He will be speaking about the High Line as a dynamic and emerging landscape, and addressing how the project relates to the lecture series' theme of "landscape design and the meaning of our interactions with plants and the natural world."

January 20, 6:00 PM
New York School of Interior Design
170 East 70th Street
New York, NY

Tickets are $25 for the general public, or $20 for members of Friends of the High Line or Wave Hill. To purchase tickets, or to find our more about this lecture series, please call (718)549-3200 x216, or visit the Wave Hill Web Site.


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The High Line needs you! Your membership will provide critical operating support to ensure that the High Line lives up to the high standards we all hold for this innovative new park. Support from our members allows us to hire gardeners to keep the park's flowers and trees in peak condition, and maintenance crews to ensure the High Line is safe for its visitors.

Don't miss out on this historic opportunity to be a part of the High Line's first full year as a public park.

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