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Friends of the High Line Newsletter

April 26, 2011

This Weekend: PEN World Voices Festival at the High Line

The seventh annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature takes place in the neighborhood around the High Line this week, featuring more than 100 writers from 40 nations in panel discussions, readings, and other events.

This weekend, the High Line will host a number of free programs, including:

Writing Wrongs, Righting Wrongs
Friday, April 29 — 10:00 AM-1:30 PM

10th Avenue Square
Hear authors discuss coming-of-age, betrayal, and loss. Panelists include Salman Rushdie, Tayari Jones, Kyung-sook Shin, among others.

High Line Karma Chain
Saturday, April 30 — 11:00 AM

Register on the High Line under The Standard, New York
Presented in partnership with the Rubin Museum of Art, lama Pema Wangdak will pass a sutra down a 'karma chain' of participants along the High Line in a game of telephone until the message reaches festival chair Salman Rushdie, who will relay the original precept and its reinterpretation to the crowd and on Twitter.

High Line Moving Library
Saturday, April 30 — 12:00-6:00 PM

Borrow books from a curated moving library on the High Line.

High Line Book Exchange Project
Saturday, April 30 — 5:00-7:00 PM

Connect with other High Line visitors by sharing a copy of one of your favorite books.

Poetry in Residence: Ugly Duckling Presse
Sunday, May 1 — 12:00-2:00 PM

Enjoy an afternoon of readings with Brooklyn-based publisher Ugly Duckling Presse, and pick up a free, handmade broadside.

All PEN World Voices Festival events at the High Line are free, but some require an RSVP to participate. Please visit our Event Calendar for details, and to reserve your space. For full festival listings, visit PEN's Web site.


Spring Arrives at the High Line

spring on the High Line

With the arrival of the growing season, dramatic transformations are taking place along the High Line's landscape. Visit the park over the coming weeks, and you will see changes in the plantings on a daily basis.

Right now, bright Turkestan tulips, miniature daffodils, and Allegheny serviceberries are in full bloom, lacing the park with color. In a few weeks, favorites like Lady Jane tulips, shooting stars, and crabapple will appear. In contrast to these showy flowers, the emergence of perennials and grasses offers a subtle beauty.

This special time of transition does not last long. Soon, the High Line's robust perennials will replace these ephemeral spring flora, so we encourage you to visit often during the next few weeks. Before you come, get a copy of our Spring/Summer Plant Guide, and visit our Web site to view a full planting list and download monthly highlights.

spring flowers on the High Line


April 30: Divide and Grow Workshop

High Line gardener

This Saturday, join the High Line's gardeners in a special, hands-on workshop where you will learn how to divide grasses and perennials, an important process in the health of a maturing garden. As a participant, you will take home a plant from the High Line to grow in your own garden.

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 and learn more.


May 6: Artist Talk: Kim Beck

Next Friday, join us for a free discussion with artist Kim Beck about Space Available, her series of sculptures for the High Line, and her other artworks addressing overlooked and marginal spaces.

This High Line program is free and open to all ages. RSVP is required. Please visit our Event Calendar to reserve your space.


May 7: Sites Above the City: Family Arts Workshop

kid on the High Line

Families, join artist Kim Beck for a hands-on workshop that explores the world above the streets of New York. Go on a scavenger hunt on the High Line to find the three sculptures that make up Space Available, then make your own work of art inspired by the High Line's unique city views.

This High Line program is free, and designed for kids ages 5+. No RSVP is required. Please visit our Event Calendar for details.


Coming Soon: High Line Food

High Line Food

Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal to partner with High Line Food this summer. We received many thoughtful and creative responses to our RFP, and look forward to bringing some incredible food partners to the line in June. This summer, you will be able to enjoy a snack or pick up lunch right on the High Line.

Visit our Web site to read more about our plans for High Line Food and check out comments from the High Line Food Open House in March.


Summer Jobs at the High Line

summer on the High Line

Do you love working outside, interacting with people, and supporting public space in the city? Join the High Line's team as we prepare for Section 2's opening later this spring, and the busy summer ahead.

Seasonal Onsite Associate
Seasonal Associates will staff Friends of the High Line's Membership and Information kiosks and 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.

Reporting to the Visitor Services Manager, the Ranger is responsible in serving a role as a primary and visible FHL ambassador and safety representative to the public by informing park visitors of amenities and programs, gauging the public's opinions and interests, and serving as the eyes and ears for the park's condition and environment.

To apply for a position, please submit a cover letter and résumé to jobs@thehighline.org. View all open positions on 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
Construction Update: Planting Underway in Section 2.


A High Line for Manchester, England?


An artist is making linocut prints each week inspired by the High Line's "amazing & sometimes otherworldly foliage": http://bit.ly/g4GozB

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Grow and Sustain the High Line

Section 2

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 helps us open Section 2, giving visitors twice as much park to enjoy.

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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