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FHL E-Mail Newsletter
January 16, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE
New York Times Article and Video on High Line Construction
Jerome Robbins' Opus Jazz Filmed on the High Line
January 24: Volunteer Update and New Volunteer Orientation
January 25: Lunch at Hector's with the High Line Staff
January 28: Co-Founder Joshua David Speaking on Panel at New-York Historical Society
Jobs at the High Line


NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE AND VIDEO ON HIGH LINE CONSTRUCTION
Construction on the High Line was the subject of a prominent article and video piece in the Metro Section of the New York Times on January 2. The article, by Times reporter Glenn Collins, introduces the High Line construction team and notes some of the challenges involved in working on such an unusual site.


"The defunct elevated railway — which stretches from Gansevoort Street to 34th Street on the Far West Side — is a secret world these days, barred to the meatpacking district crowds that mob the new Apple Store and swarm to a high-end shopping festival in a once-scruffy quarter that real estate advertisements now call "the prestigious High Line District."

Fifty hard hats in safety orange — including ironworkers, carpenters, painters and garden-variety laborers — perform a fast-tracked logistical ballet 30 feet up on the line, as steel and concrete are delivered just in time to be grappled into place."

Read the Article




Watch the Video


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JEROME ROBBINS' OPUS JAZZ FILMED ON THE HIGH LINE


This summer, the High Line was the first location for a film version of choreographer Jerome Robbins' Opus Jazz, a 1958 ballet about urban youth. The piece was shot at sunset on the rail yards section of the High Line, which has not yet been secured for future park use. (For more information on our efforts to preserve the rail yards section of the High Line, please visit our Rail Yards Blog.) The piece, "Passage for Two," is the first of five movements to be shot, and is now available for viewing at www.opusjazz.com (Flash required).

The piece, created by Ellen Barr and Sean Suozzi of New York City Ballet, and directed by Jody Lee Lipes and Henry Joost, is a modern take on Robbins' choreography. "Passage for Two" was shot using a swooping, crane-mounted camera. Each movement of the piece is being filmed in a different out-of-use industrial space in New York City, with a different camera technique. The first movement will be featured in "Ballet in Sneakers," part of the Guggenheim Museum's Works & Process series, on January 20 and 21. Tickets are now available. Read more info and purchase tickets.


Read the New York Times piece about Opus Jazz on the High Line

Visit the Opus Jazz Web site and Watch the Video (Flash required)



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JANUARY 24: VOLUNTEER UPDATE AND NEW VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION
As we gear up for the opening of the High Line, we rely more and more on our wonderful volunteers to help with events, communications, and special projects.

Do you want to be a High Line volunteer? Friends of the High Line will hold an orientation session for new volunteers on Thursday, January 24, at 6:00 PM. Come learn about the High Line, meet our staff and current volunteers, and find out about upcoming volunteer opportunities. Current High Line volunteers are welcome, too — this event will also be a project update and refresher course for those who have worked with us before.

Volunteer Update and Orientation
Thursday, January 24
6:00 - 8:00 PM
General Theological Seminary's Seabury Auditorium
175 Ninth Avenue (West 21st Street)
Light refreshments will be served

RSVP



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JANUARY 25: LUNCH AT HECTOR'S WITH THE HIGH LINE STAFF


Photo by Chris Payne

Come meet Friends of the High Line Co-Founders Robert Hammond and Joshua David and the rest of the Friends of the High Line staff for an informal lunch on January 25 at 1:30 PM. We will meet at our favorite lunch spot, Hector's Cafe, under the High Line in the Meatpacking District. Admission is free, but you will buy your own lunch, ordering from a typical diner menu. Our favorites include the BLT ($4.50), Greek salad ($7.75), and chocolate chip cookies ($.50). Friends of the High Line staff will be on hand to answer questions about the project. This lunch is meant as a casual opportunity to meet our staff and others interested in the High Line project.

Lunch with Friends of the High Line
Friday, January 25
1:30 PM- 3:30 PM
Hector's Café
44 Little West 12th Street
(At Washington Street)

RSVP


Hector's has been in the Meatpacking District since 1962, and has long been a popular breakfast and lunch spot for meatpackers, delivery drivers, and others in the neighborhood. Friends of the High Line sat down with Nick Kapelonis, the Manager at Hector's.




Nick Kapelonis, Manager at Hector's, pictured in the High Line Portrait Project

"Hector's has been here in this same spot, in the Meatpacking District, for over 40 years. It was named after Hector, the first owner, who passed away a few years ago. I've been a manager here about four years.

"We get a lot of the meatpackers and delivery truck drivers here, guys from out of town. We open the restaurant at 2:00 in the morning, when they're just getting to work. It's an interesting crowd for the first few hours, mostly meat guys but also kids coming out of the clubs. It's morning for some people and night for others. I ride the train down from the Bronx in the middle of the night to get to work, and I always feel like it's a different day for me.

"The best thing to order at Hector's is anything with meat. We get all the meat fresh from right next door, so we know it's going to be good. Our hamburgers are the best. We tried doing more vegetarian options about a year ago, but nobody wanted them. Veggie wraps are still on the menu, but if you ask for them, we don't have them.

"Right now we're open from 2:00 AM to 4:30 or 5:00 in the afternoon. We get a lot more office workers here during the day now, because the neighborhood is changing. It's a dream of ours to make Hector's open 24 hours, and I think it might happen in the next couple of months.

"We're right under the High Line and they've been doing construction for over a year now. It's been a little noisy above our heads. But it's very exciting. I'm a New Yorker, born and raised, and I know you can't stand in the way of progress. I think the High Line will be great for the neighborhood, and great for Hector's."



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JANUARY 28: CO-FOUNDER JOSHUA DAVID SPEAKING ON PANEL AT NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Friends of the High Line's Co-Founder Joshua David will be part of a panel discussion at New-York Historical Society on Monday, January 28. The panel is called "Street Renaissance: How You Can Transform New York City Streets." It will focus on grassroots planning campaigns that work to make New York City's streets and public spaces more liveable.

Other panelists include Christine Berthet (Clinton-Hell's Kitchen Coalition for Pedestrian Safety), Penny Lee (Department of City Planning), Milton Puryear (Brooklyn Greenway Initiative), Paul Steely White (Transportation Alternatives), Robert Witherwax (Grand Army Plaza Coalition), Elizabeth Yeampierre (United Puerto Rican Organization of Sunset Park), and Chauncy Young (Highbridge Community Life Center). The panel will be moderated by Aaron Naparstek of Streetsblog.org. The discussion will be followed by a reception.

Street Renaissance: How You Can Transform New York City Streets
New-York Historical Society
Monday, January 28
6:00 PM
170 Central Park West
(between 76th and 77th Streets)

More Info and RSVP



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JOBS AT THE HIGH LINE

Friends of the High Line is now hiring for three positions. For application instructions, please read the job descriptions, below.

No phone calls, please.


  • HIGH LINE CHIEF OF PARK OPERATIONS
    The Chief of Park Operations is a key leadership position in the future management of the High Line. The Chief of Parks Operations will be responsible for both the initial development of park management protocols and, subsequently, the ongoing management all aspects of park operations on the High Line, including general maintenance, technical support for public programs, facility management, property management, fleet management, and public safety, and will collaborate with the Director of Horticulture on the maintenance of all plantings. The Chief will be responsible for both daily operations, as well as long-term planning for future operational needs for the park.

    View the complete job description



  • HIGH LINE DIRECTOR OF HORTICULTURE
    The Director of Horticulture will be responsible for the maintenance of all plantings on the High Line. The plantings for the High Line have been designed by internationally-renowned planting designer Piet Oudolf, in collaboration with the High Line design team, led by landscape architects Field Operations and architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The Director of Horticulture will be expected to take a leadership role in the initial establishment of the plantings during the capital project. The Director of Horticulture will also be responsible for building a Horticulture Department for the High Line, including building the initial horticulture staff and developing protocols for ongoing maintenance and care.

    View the complete job description



  • FOUNDATION AND CORPORATE RELATIONS ASSOCIATE
    The Foundation and Corporate Relations Associate will plan and prepare funding requests to appeal to foundations, corporations, and grant-making organizations. The Associate reports to and works closely with the Chief Development Officer. Responsibilities include establishing and maintaining personal contact and relationships with foundation and corporate program officers, writing, assembling, and submitting foundation, corporate, and government funding requests, managing prospect research process and preparing detailed prospect profiles, and overseeing timely delivery of corporate and foundation benefits and recognition, among other tasks.

    View the complete job description

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BECOME A CHARTER MEMBER OF FRIENDS OF THE HIGH LINE
With the High Line opening in less than 12 months, your membership will help us ensure the park is safe and maintained at a standard of excellence that is equal to its design.

Join today, Charter Membership will only be available to those who become members before opening.


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CONTACT INFORMATION


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