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Friends of the High Line Newsletter

April 14, 2011

Construction Update: Planting Underway in Section 2

Section 2 construction

Now that the weather has warmed up and the soil has thawed, landscape crews are back at work, installing perennials and grasses in the planting beds throughout Section 2.

When Section 2 opens in late spring, visitors will find a landscape that retains the design vocabulary of the planting beds in Section 1, while introducing new features that are inspired by the self-sown landscape that grew up on the High Line when the trains stopped running.

Recently, crews installed more than 8,000 perennials and grasses that will form a dense, lush groundcover below the walkway of the Philip A. and Lisa Maria Falcone Flyover. Next, crews will install greenroof, soil, and plantings at the Wildflower Field. Once planting is complete, the landscape contractor will begin placing drip irrigation lines and spreading the stone mulch to aid in water retention and prevent soil erosion.

Check out more photos on our blog, or visit our Web site for renderings and more information about Section 2's design.


High Line Green-Up: Preparing the Planting Beds for Spring

spring arrives on the High Line

High Line Green-Up takes place once a year at the start of the growing season. In keeping with Piet Oudolf's vision for the High Line, plants are left in their natural state throughout the winter, rather than trimmed back at the onset of the cold weather. When spring arrives, our gardeners must work quickly to cut back last season's perennials and grasses to make room for new growth. With more than 210 species of plants on the High Line, cutting back the previous season's growth is a lot of work.

This year, more than 100 volunteers from the greater High Line community dedicated their time and energy to help the High Line gardeners complete this tremendous task. High Line Green-Up began on March 1, and thanks to the volunteers, we completed the job in just under a month.

Video: High Line Green-Up

Watch a video of the High Line Green-Up volunteers in action, or view more photos of High Line Green-Up on our blog.

The crews finished the job just in time to welcome the early spring blooms, crocuses and daffodils, which are popping up all along the High Line. Share your photos by posting them to our Flickr pool.

High Line Green-Up is supported by REI.


Tickets Now on Sale: High Line Walking Tours

High Line walking tours

The first walking tours of the spring and summer seasons are now on sale.

  • Visit the art galleries in Chelsea with Lauren Ross, the Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Curator & Director of Arts Programs at Friends of the High Line,
  • Take a closer look at the buildings along the High Line and hear the stories they tell about the neighborhood's history from architectural historian Matt Postal,
  • Join the High Line gardeners to learn about the park's horticulture and the unique challenges of tending a garden in the sky, or
  • Stroll the High Line in the quiet, early morning hours, and learn about the park's wildlife with High Line gardener Maryanne Stubbs.

Walking tours are $10 for members of Friends of the High Line, and $15 for non-members. Please visit our Event Calendar to purchase tickets or to learn more.


April 30: Divide & Grow Garden Workshop

gardening on the High Line

Join us for a garden workshop, where you will learn how to divide clumps of grasses and perennials, and take home a special plant from the park to grow in your own garden.

As the High Line's perennials and grasses mature, some grow into ever-widening clumps that must be divided to keep the plants vigorous and blooming. Spring is an ideal time for dividing many plants since it marks the start of the growing cycle.

This High Line program is $15 for members of Friends of the High Line, $20 for non-members, and is designed for ages 13 and up. Please visit our Event Calendar to purchase tickets or to learn more.


Every Tuesday: Stargazing on the High Line

stargazing on the High Line

You don't have to leave New York City to see the Moon, stars, and planets in the night's sky.

During the warmer months of the year, join us on the High Line to gaze at the stars using high-powered telescopes and get lessons from the experts on the wonders of the city's night sky. Stargazing on the High Line begins every Tuesday at dusk, weather permitting.

Location is dependent upon night sky conditions each week. For the latest updates, please check our Event Calendar, call (212) 206-9922, or follow @highlinenyc on Twitter.

This High Line program is presented in partnership with the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York.


Reminder: High Line Food Proposals Due Today

High Line Food

We recently issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to identify vendors to operate food carts on the High Line this summer. We are looking for vendors who can partner with us to offer affordable, welcoming, and sustainable food and beverage concessions that are as thoughtful, creative, and interesting as the High Line itself.

Today is the deadline for proposals. Please help us by reminding your favorite vendors to apply!


Friends of the High Line Hiring Summer Positions

Join us at we prepare for the next section of the High Line, between West 20th and West 30th Streets, to open in late spring. To apply for a position, please submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@thehighline.org.

Seasonal On-Site Associate
Seasonal Associates will staff FHL's Membership and Information kiosks and FHL's new merchandise kiosk on the High Line. Reporting to the Visitor Services Manager, the Associates will serve as the primary fundraising and sales team on the High Line. Responsibilities will include soliciting membership sales, selling High Line-branded merchandise, fielding inquiries from park visitors, and executing varied and creative promotional activities. This is a part-time, seasonal position that requires working outdoors Wednesday through Sunday, from mid-May through early October.

To view all open positions, please visit our Web site.


Best of the Blog, Facebook, and Twitter

Here are the past few weeks' most popular stories from the High Line Blog, Facebook, and Twitter.


High Line Blog
High Line Green-Up: preparing the High Line for spring


Summer hours begin on the High Line. The park is open daily from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM.


Spring crocuses in the Chelsea Grasslands: http://twitpic.com/4k0tdi

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Grow and Sustain the High Line

Join or renew

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.

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!

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