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FHL E-Mail Newsletter
April 16, 2009

IN THIS ISSUE
Introducing Patrick Cullina, New VP of Horticulture and Park Operations
High Line Opening Summer Benefit
Rail Yards: Next Steps
Storefront for Art & Architecture's Spacebuster Debuts under the High Line
FHL Now Hiring: Graphic Design Intern


INTRODUCING PATRICK CULLINA, NEW VICE PRESIDENT OF HORTICULTURE AND PARK OPERATIONS
Friends of the High Line is pleased to announce the hiring of our new Vice President of Horticulture and Park Operations, Patrick Cullina. Formerly Vice President of Horticulture and Science at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Patrick brings us many years of experience in the nuances of running a park with complex horticultural and operational needs. His expertise will help to ensure that the High Line is well cared-for, and becomes a welcoming and well-loved public place for all its visitors.

Patrick's hiring is a major part of an exciting new step for Friends of the High Line: in the time leading up to our June opening, we will be working to build the High Line's maintenance and operations team. This will be our on-the-park staff, comprised of horticulture experts, gardeners, maintenance workers, custodians, and groundskeepers.

On Patrick's hiring, Friends of the High Line Co-Founder Robert Hammond said, "Not only is Pat a highly-regarded horticulturist who will help to establish the elevated landscape as a living composition that educates and inspires; he also has a profound understanding of the High Line's large-scale social, economic, and environmental impacts as a public green space. The High Line—its plants, people, design, and industrial legacy—will thrive under his leadership. We are thrilled he is joining us."

Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe said, "We are pleased to have Patrick Cullina, formerly of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, join the Friends of the High Line as Vice President of Horticulture and Operations. This unprecedented project requires the horticultural knowledge and keen attention to detail that Patrick brings to the position. Patrick's expertise, along with plantings selected by the High Line design team, will transform the High Line into a nature-lover's paradise."



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HIGH LINE OPENING SUMMER BENEFIT
Join us in celebrating the historic opening of the High Line by purchasing tickets or a table at Friends of the High Line's Opening Summer Benefit on Monday, June 15.

Along with celebrating the Opening Summer of the High Line, we’ll honor dynamic individuals who have helped turn the dream of the High Line into reality: Lisa Maria and Philip Falcone and Edward Norton.

Invitations will mail in the coming weeks, but you can reserve your tickets or tables early! Dinner ticket prices start at $1,000 each. Tables are available starting at $15,000.

For more information, please contact Alicia King at (212) 206-9922, or alicia.king@thehighline.org

High Line Opening Summer Benefit
Monday, June 15, 2009


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RAIL YARDS: NEXT STEPS


The recent City Council hearing on the Eastern Rail Yards text amendments was a great success, even though the measures the Council Committee approved did not specifically address the High Line. Thanks to everyone who turned out to show your support, and to the Council for all their current and past support.

What made it a success? In a word, numbers. So many High Line supporters showed up that both the committee room, and a larger overflow room were filled to capacity. The Committee Chair acknowledged that the overwhelming presence and passionate testimony of our supporters showed that the High Line's preservation would need to be addressed at the next possible point in the rail yards approval process. This acknowledgement perfectly sets the stage for our next steps.

What comes next? Now is when our advocacy efforts at the rail yards begin to ramp up. We're asking the City of New York to take ownership of the High Line at the rail yards. This acquisition would be most efficiently done through a scheduled ULURP (Uniform Land Use Review Procedure) for the Western Rail Yards, beginning as early as May. This process will opportunities for public input, and we will be asking all of our supporters to come forward and make their support of the High Line's preservation known.
Stay tuned to our E-mail newsletter for updates on how you can help.

Read more on the High Line Blog



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STOREFRONT FOR ART & ARCHITECTURE'S SPACEBUSTER DEBUTS UNDER THE HIGH LINE

Kitchen Monument, another Raumlabor project in Europe, Courtesy Storefront for Art and Architecture

This month, Storefront for Art and Architecture presents Spacebuster, an inflatable, temporary structure designed by Berlin-based urban design and achitecture firm Raumlabor.

Spacebuster is a new iteration of a project called Kitchen Monument (pictured), literally a working kitchen and eating space, that traveled to many different locations around Europe in 2006. Spacebuster is intended to be used "for a variety of social and cultural purposes." From the Storefront for Art and Architecture's Web site:

"The pavilion is comprised of an inflatable bubble-like dome that emerges from its self-contained compressor housing. The dome expands and organically adjusts to its surroundings, be it in a field, a wooded park, or below a highway overpass. The material is a sturdy, specially-designed translucent plastic, allowing the varying events taking place inside of the shelter – screenings, lecture series, dinners or discussions – to be entirely visible from the outside and likewise the exterior environments become the events' backdrops."

The structure debuts under the High Line on the night of Friday, April 17th, with a talk with Raumlabor at Gansevoort Plaza in the Meatpacking District. It will then move to different locations around the city for the next eight days, with an event each night.

Visit the Storefront for Art and Architecture's Web site for details and locations



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FHL NOW HIRING GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN
Friends of the High Line is now hiring a graphic design intern, in addition to our other job openings. For application instructions, please read the job descriptions, below.

No phone calls, please.

GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN
FHL is looking for a talented individual to assist in the development and design of materials for print and Web including newsletters, program materials, publications, and event materials, utilizing FHL's established graphic standards. <

View the complete job description


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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.




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CONTACT INFORMATION


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