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FHL E-Mail Newsletter
April 24, 2009

IN THIS ISSUE
Apply Now to Become a High Line Greeter
FHL Now Hiring for Eight Positions
May 2 and 3: Readings of The Curious Garden, Children's Book Inspired by the High Line
Friday, April 24: Architecture Film Screening at Spacebuster, Under the High Line
Save the Hudson River Powerhouse!


APPLY NOW TO BECOME A HIGH LINE GREETER
Now is your chance to be a part of the High Line's opening season as a Greeter. Greeters will be a small group of committed volunteers on the High Line, who will engage visitors during opening activities and anticipated busy periods during the High Line's first summer.

High Line Greeters will welcome visitors, answer questions and provide information and assistance. Greeters will work with Friends of the High Line staff to help create a positive, diverse community of visitors during the essential first season the High Line is open.

Apply Now

Please note: accepted applicants must complete a mandatory four-hour training, and must commit to at least five three-hour shifts on the High Line from June to October.

The Deadline for Greeter applications is 12:00 Noon on Friday, May 8th.

There are currently limited volunteer opportunities outside of the Greeter Program. However, volunteer applications are accepted at all times, and once accepted, volunteers will be contacted whenever opportunities arise.

Apply to be a Friends of the High Line Volunteer



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FHL NOW HIRING FOR EIGHT POSITIONS
Friends of the High Line is now hiring for eight new positions. For application instructions, please read the job descriptions, below.

No phone calls, please.

  • GREETER COORDINATOR
    The Greeter Coordinator will be the on-site supervisor of High Line Greeters, a group of 30-40 volunteers and a small group of paid youth. Reporting to the Program and Outreach Manager, the Greeter Coordinator will work Wednesday through Sunday, from May through October. The Greeter Coordinator will train Greeters to be the eyes and ears of visitors' experiences on High Line. Candidates must feel comfortable interfacing with the various stakeholders that will visit the High Line, including children, teens, adults of all ages, and people of all backgrounds.

    View the complete job description



  • 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



  • HORTICULTURE & PARK OPERATIONS COORDINATOR
    Reporting to FHL's Vice President of Horticulture and Park Operations, the Horticulture and Park Operations Coordinator will manage the field office complex within the temporary maintenance and operations (M&O) area on the High Line. In this capacity, the Coordinator will plan meetings and daily schedules, maintain inventories, records, and staffing calendars, coordinate orders, and provide general

    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.

    View the complete job description



  • 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



  • GROUNDSKEEPER
    The High Line Groundskeeper is an integral member of both the Maintenance & Operations and Horticulture teams, reporting to the Supervisor of Maintenance & Operations. 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
    The High Line Custodian is an integral part of the High Line's Maintenance & Operations crew, 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



  • HORTICULTURE INTERN
    The High Line Horticulture Intern will be an employee of Friends of the High Line and is an integral member of FHL's Horticulture & Park Operations (HPO) team. Under the general supervision of FHL's Vice President of HPO and the Deputy Director of HPO, the Horticulture Intern will play an important role in maintaining the High Line park and its diverse plantings during the spring and summer seasons.

    View the complete job description


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MAY 2 AND 3: READINGS OF THE CURIOUS GARDEN, CHILDREN'S BOOK INSPIRED BY THE HIGH LINE
Children's author and illustrator Peter Brown will read from his new book, The Curious Garden. The book, published this month by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers was inspired by the wild, self-seeded landscape the author encountered on a visit the High Line. From the press release:

Peter Brown introduces readers to Liam who, during a walk, stumbles upon a struggling patch of greenery. Although he is no gardener, the boy takes it upon himself to help the plants grow, never imagining what he is starting. As time passes, the garden takes a life of its own and spreads across the city, changing everything in its path. Soon, others in the community – young and old – join in the effort and bit by bit, Liam’s city is transformed, becoming a lush, green world.

On Saturday, May 2, Peter will read The Curious Garden, and talk about the High Line as his inspiration for it. On Sunday, May 3, he'll join a panel of children's authors and illustrators, who will all read their new work.

Peter Brown Reads The Curious Garden
192 Books
192 Tenth Avenue
Saturday, May 2
4:00 - 5:30 PM

RSVP: (212) 255-4022


Artistic Expression Kids Panel Reading
Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street
Sunday, May 3
1:00 - 3:00 PM


Read More about The Curious Garden



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FRIDAY, APRIL 24: ARCHITECTURE FILM SCREENING AT SPACEBUSTER, UNDER THE HIGH LINE

Recent WNYC YouTube video about Spacebuster under the High Line

Tonight, Storefront for Art & Architecture will hold a film screening and discussion underneath the High Line, inside Spacebuster, an inflatable, temporary structure, designed by Berlin-based urban design and achitecture firm Raumlabor. The event will begin with Gets Under the Skin, a series of short films and videos on modernist architecture, followed by a screening of Raumlabor's Utopie 18, and a discussion with the designers.

The screening is part of a ten-day long series of events taking place inside and around Spacebuster throughout the city. Read more about Spacebuster in our last E-mail Newsletter, and visit the Storefront for Art & Architecture's Web site for more info and a list of events and locations.

Architecture Film Screening
Spacebuster, Under the High Line
508 West 25th Street
Between 10th and 11th Avenues
Friday, April 24
7:00 PM

More info



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SAVE THE HUDSON RIVER POWERHOUSE!

Courtesy www.hudsonriverpowerhouse.com.


You can help right now with an important project that -- like the High Line -- would preserve and repurpose precious historic industrial infrastructure for public use.

The Hudson River Powerhouse is a striking Beaux-Arts industrial building, designed by McKim, Mead and White, and constructed in 1904. For more than 50 years, the Powerhouse generated electricity for the IRT subway system, before being converted to a Con-Edison steam-generating plant. It's located on a full city block at West 59th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues.

Now, a new non-profit organization called the Hudson River Powerhouse Group is looking to get the Powerhouse preserved as a New York City Landmark. Landmarking the Powerhouse would protect it from demolition or alteration by it current and future owners. The group's Co-Founders, Jimmy Finn and Paul Kelterborn, point to the High Line as their inspiration for taking on the project.

The building's vast and decorative interiors could be used for a variety of purposes-- the Powerhouse Group has suggested an indoor market, public event space or exhibition space similar to London's Tate Modern. But first, the Powerhouse must be Landmarked to save it from alteration and demolition.

Learn More and Sign the Petition

Read the Recent New York Observer Article



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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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(212) 206-9922
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