Construction Update: 30th Street Cut-Out and Viewing Platform
At the northern terminus of Section 2, crews recently hoisted the steel frame for the 30th Street Cut-Out into place. 30th Street Cut-Out, thanks to The Pershing Square Foundation.
Construction crews are working through the cold winter temperatures to install the 30th Street Cut-Out and viewing platform, one of Section 2's unique design features. Located at the northern terminus of Section 2, where the High Line curves west toward the Hudson River, the 30th Street Cut-Out comprises an area where the concrete decking has been removed, revealing the High Line's structural steel beams and girders.
When Section 2 opens later this spring, visitors will be able to stand on the viewing platform located above the Cut-Out, and look west to the Hudson River, east to Midtown, and down through the High Line's structure to watch traffic passing below, on 30th Street.
Recently, workers hoisted the 15-by-35-foot steel frame for the viewing platform onto the site. In the coming weeks, crews will install the clear, laminated glass railing along the outer edge of the viewing platform. The glass railing and the transparent floor of the viewing platform, which will be lit from below, and will create the illusion of a floating stage, hovering above the High Line's structural steel grid work.
Check out more photos on our blog, or visit our Web site for renderings and more information about Section 2's design.
Video: New Public Art on Rooftops along the High Line
On Friday, March 4, High Line Art, presented by Friends of the High Line, will debut the first public art commission of the Spring 2011 Season: Kim Beck's Space Available.
For the High Line, Beck has created three sculptures resembling the skeletal framework behind advertising billboards, and installed them on rooftops of buildings adjacent to southern terminus of the park.
Visit the blog to watch a special preview video and learn more.
High Line Art Commissions are made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Additional support for Space Available has been provided by The Greenwall Foundation. This program is supported by Vital Projects Fund, Inc, and in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts.
March 16: High Line Food Open House
Since the High Line opened to the public, the top request from visitors is for opportunities to purchase and enjoy food and beverages in the park. In response, we are developing a comprehensive plan to offer this public amenity at the High Line later this summer.
If you are interested in learning more about our vision and guiding principles for High Line Food, please join us for a special evening of free food, drink, conversation, and fun.
High Line Food Open House
Wednesday, March 16
Hudson Guild, Dan Carpenter Room, 3rd Floor
441 26th Street (between 9th & 10th Avenues)
Mingle with your friends and neighbors, enjoy food and beverages sourced from local farmers, and speak with us about food and the High Line.
The event is free. Visit our Event Calendar to RSVP. Food and drink will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
High Line Green-Up Begins
When you visit the High Line during the next few weeks, you'll see the park's planting beds in the midst of a transformation. Our horticulture staff, with the help of over 100 volunteers, will work swiftly throughout the month to cut back the previous growing season's perennials and grasses, and make room in the gardens for the new growth.
If you see the gardeners and volunteers in the park over the next few weeks, be sure to thank them for their hard work. Preparing the planting beds for spring is a tremendous task, and we are very grateful for their help.
High Line Green-Up is supported by REI.
Tickets Now on Sale: Section 2 Opening Spring Benefit
The Section 2 Opening Spring Benefit will take place on Monday, May 16, and honor André Balazs, Jennifer Padovani, and the High Line Design Team of James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
Friends of the High Line is entirely dependent on its friends and neighbors for its maintenance and operations—and this annual fundraising event is where we raise half of our budget every year.
We hope you will join us in this exciting year as we prepare to open Section 2 of the High Line. Your support will help ensure the High Line remains a thriving, clean, and safe park for all visitors to enjoy.
Please visit our Event Calendar, or call (212) 206-9922 to purchase tickets or learn more.
Best of Blog, Facebook, and Twitter
Here is a collection of the past few weeks' most popular stories from the High Line Blog, Facebook, and Twitter.
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A word about the High Line from Juwan Stone, high school student, and High Line Youth Corps member.
First signs of spring on the High Line: miniature daffodil shoots beginning to appear amidst the Autumn moor grass.
Sunset on the High Line: http://flic.kr/p/9jU9U4
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Grow and Sustain the High Line
This spring will be one of our most exciting seasons yet.
Right now, construction workers and gardeners are hard at work on Section 2, which will extend the High Line all the way to West 30th Street.
Your membership support today will help us open Section 2, and sustain the entire High Line throughout the busy summer to come.
And to recognize your support in this critical year, we're proud to offer special 2011 membership benefits, including a new High Line map, now including Section 2 (member gifts of $40) ... an invitation to a members-only tour of the rail yards (rail gifts of $150) ... or even an invitation to our Section 2 opening celebration (Beam gifts of $350 or more).
Become an Opening Season Member—make your membership gift before June 30!