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FHL E-Mail Newsletter
February 3, 2009

IN THIS ISSUE
Request for Qualifications: High Line Summer Street Festival Producer
Rail Yards Update: City Planning Commission Public Hearing on Wednesday
FHL Now Hiring for Seven Positions
New on the High Line Blog
Become a Charter Member Before May 31


REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS: HIGH LINE SUMMER STREET FESTIVAL PRODUCER
Friends of the High Line is seeking qualification statements and expressions of interest from professionals interested in developing, managing, and executing a large-scale public street festival celebrating the High Line's historic opening in spring 2009 (exact date is still to be determined). Occupying a central street in the Meatpacking District, the Festival will also serve to kick off our summer season of public events and programming.

Applicants must have recent experience planning, producing, and executing a successful public event with a similar attendance and scope.

Applications must be received no later than Tuesday, February 17.

No phone calls, please.

Download the RFQ and application instructions




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RAIL YARDS UPDATE: CITY PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING ON WEDNESDAY

The City Planning Commission will hold a public hearing this Wednesday, as an opportunity for public input on the proposed text amendments to the Eastern Rail Yards (ERY) zoning. While the draft amendments don't specifically concern preservation of the High Line, they represent an important and necessary step for the Related Companies in getting City approvals for the development of the rail yards site.

Friends of the High Line will urge the City Planning Commission to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that the entire historic High Line at the rail yards is preserved and that ownership of this last remaining section of the High Line can be transferred to the City of New York.

Following the public hearing, the City Planning Commission will have 60 days to review the amendments and make a recommendation to the City Council. The Council will then vote on whether to approve the amendments.

Community Board 4 and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer have both recently recommended that the Eastern Rail Yards amendments be approved, but notably, both voiced strong support for additional measures to ensure the High Line's preservation.

In Community Board 4's recent letter to the City Planning Commission, CB4 pointed out that though Related shows the entire High Line in its drawing for the site, "The brutal truth of the situation is that the High Line on the ERY and the WRY remains unprotected and at serious risk of demolition. Now is the time to put in place the zoning protections to ensure that the High Line will be preserved."

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer's zoning amendment recommendations to City Planning include an equally strong call to save the spur. In his letter to City Planning Chair Amanda Burden, he writes, "Redeveloping the rail yards must not threaten any portion of the High Line, including the spur; it should be preserved in its entirety."

City Planning Commission Public Hearing
on Proposed Eastern Rail Yards Text Amendments
Wednesday, February 4, 10:00 AM
Spector Hall
22 Reade Street


Read More on the High Line Blog




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FHL NOW HIRING FOR SEVEN POSITIONS
Friends of the High Line is now hiring for seven positions, including several new positions in the Horticulture and Maintenance & Operations departments, in anticipation of the High Line's opening this spring. For application instructions, please read the job descriptions, below.

No phone calls, please.

  • SUPERVISOR OF MAINTENANCE & OPERATIONS
    The Supervisor of Maintenance & Operations is an important leadership position. Reporting to FHL's Chief of Operations & Horticulture, the Supervisor of Maintenance & Operations will assist in the initial development of park management protocols. Subsequently, the Supervisor will manage the day-to-day aspects of park operations on the High Line, overseeing general maintenance, facility management, property management, fleet management, and public safety.

    View the complete job description



  • FULL-TIME GARDENER
    The Gardener is a central position in the year-round care and maintenance of the park's landscape and grounds. The Gardener will be responsible for all aspects of monitoring, caring for, and reporting on designated park zones, including diverse plantings, hardscape elements, and public use of the area. The High Line is to be maintained sustainably, in a first-class condition, commensurate with the world-class design and the mission of both FHL and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.

    View the complete job description



  • SEASONAL GARDENER
    The High Line Seasonal Gardener is an integral member of the Horticulture team. Reporting to the Deputy Director of Horticulture, the Seasonal Gardener will have a important role in maintaining the High Line park and plantings during the spring and summer seasons. Together with a team of gardeners, groundskeepers, custodians, and maintenance technicians, as well as the High Line's administrators, the seasonal gardener's responsibilities will include monitoring irrigation of plantings; pruning and clean-up; bulb planting; dividing and transplanting; leaf removal; scouting for pests and disease; staging equipment, supplies, and materials for daily park operations; and other tasks.

    View the complete job description



  • MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN
    The High Line's Maintenance Technician is a critical member of the Maintenance & Operations team. Reporting to the Supervisor of Maintenance & Operations, the Maintenance Technician will take a leading role in troubleshooting, making adjustments to control systems throughout the park, and ensuring the daily functioning of the High Line's mechanical, electrical, plumbing, irrigation, and security systems. The Maintenance Technician will work closely with a team of groundskeepers, horticulturalists, and custodians, as well as the High Line's administrators.

    View the complete job description



  • GROUNDSKEEPER
    The High Line Groundskeeper is an integral member of both the Maintenance & Operations and Horticulture teams. Reporting to the Supervisor of Maintenance & Operations, and working closely with a team of maintenance technicians, horticulturalists, and custodians, as well as the High Line's administrators. The Groundskeeper's responsibilities will include, but are not limited to seasonal grounds duties; trash and litter removal; composting, seeding and aeration of turf; power washing planks; and equipment maintenance.

    View the complete job description



  • CUSTODIAN
    &Operations crew, working to achieve the highest standards of cleanliness and organization throughout the park. Reporting to the Supervisor of Maintenance & Operations, the Custodian's tasks involve maintaining cleanliness of the entire High Line, both topside and at street-level, including public gathering areas, bathrooms, entry ways, elevators and stairs, drinking fountains, and Maintenance & Operations facility.

    View the complete job description



  • BOOKKEEPING / DATA ENTRY ASSISTANT
    The Bookkeeping / Data Entry Assistant reports to the Director of Operations and is responsible for accurate and timely entry of all Finance and Development Department data into FHL's accounting and fundraising databases. Responsibilities include processing accounts payables and receivables, petty cash, and monthly bank reconciliations; maintaining finance department files and monthly cash flow documents; entering all donor data; processing donor gifts; and maintaining donor files.

    View the complete job description
 


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NEW ON THE HIGH LINE BLOG


Plant-O-Rama!

Northern Spur Preserve: Ramp Revealed!

Bloomberg: High Line is "World's Most Innovative Park"

Q&A with Melissa Fisher, Deputy Director of Horticulture

High Line Aerial Wall Art and Desktop Wallpaper



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BECOME A CHARTER MEMBER BEFORE MAY 31
Your support has helped us save the High Line and create a park that will change the face of New York City. You have helped preserve the High Line as a reminder of New York’s industrial past, and helped design a park that Mayor Bloomberg calls "the world's most innovative park."

Now, we want to make sure that you will be with us – and be a part of history – when the High Line opens this spring.

If you haven't yet joined, become a Charter Member today, to ensure that you'll be recognized as a visionary who supported the High Line from the start. If you're already a member, renew your membership now for Opening Season, so that you'll get the latest information about opening events.

Join Now



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CONTACT INFORMATION


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