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FHL E-Mail Newsletter
April 28, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE
Meet the New High Line Staff
Sketching the High Line
May 6: Artist Talk with Spencer Finch
Office Space For Rent
Sign Up by Wednesday for our Summer Benefit Host Committee
New on the High Line Blog


MEET THE NEW HIGH LINE STAFF
Our staff has grown a lot in the past few months, as we continue to gear up for the opening of the High Line.

Melissa Fisher, our Deputy Director of Horticulture, is the newest member of our staff. Melissa is the first Friends of the High Line staff member who will work primarily on park maintenence and operations. We're very excited to have her join us. Melissa came from the New York Horticulture Society, where she was Director of the Green Branches program.

The majority of Melissa's work will be on-site; she'll work on much of the soil installation and planting that will take place on the High Line in coming months. She'll report to the Parks Administrator at the the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, and will work with the Director of Horticulture, the design team led by Field Operations, and planting designers led by Piet Oudolf, to make sure the planting on the High Line matches the designers' plans. Once the park is open, Melissa will help manage a maintenance staff of gardeners, groundskeepers and others who will make sure the plants are healthy and the High Line is well-maintained.

Jeff Hafner is our new Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations, part of our development staff. Jeff oversees both capital and operations funding with donor foundations and companies, both existing and new. Before joining us, Jeff was Corporate Relations Manager at New York City Opera.



Patrick Hazari, our Design and Planning Fellow, works with our Planning Director on issues surrounding the High Line's design and construction, and with our design team and City partners on other planning issues. Patrick is currently overseeing a new publication of High Line designs, set to be released this summer. Before he came to Friends of the High Line, Patrick was a designer at Weiss/Manfredi, a New York-based architecture firm.



Michelle Sharkey joins us as Development Assistant. Michelle works with our other development staff to coordinate our growing database of members and donors. She assists our Development Director with Capital Campaign materials and requests, and helps manage our donor events, including our upcoming Summer Benefit.





Matthew Shakespeare came to Friends of the High Line in December as Vice President for Development. Along with our development staff of four, Matthew oversees all capital and operations fundraising, membership, individual, corporate and foundation giving, board giving and fundraising and cultivation events. Matthew recently moved to New York from Los Angeles, where he was Associate Dean and Chief Development Officer at USC's Gould School of Law.


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SKETCHING THE HIGH LINE
Artist Ann DeVere will be leading a series of sketching classes on the rail yards section of the High Line. Each class will meet only once, and there are four sessions, so please only sign up for one. Space is extremely limited, and reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Members receive early notification about our public programs, so become a member for the first opportunity to reserve a place in upcoming events.

Sketching the High Line
Saturday, May 3, 10, 17, and 31
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Members: $25, Non-Members: $50
(All art supplies will be provided)
RSVP for Meeting Location

RSVP


Note: If the program is full, you will be able to sign up for the wait list using our online event software. No phone calls about the wait list, please.



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MAY 6: ARTIST TALK WITH SPENCER FINCH

A rendering of Spencer Finch's planned installation in the Chelsea Market space on the High Line. The piece, titled "the River the Flows Both Ways," is made of 720 pieces of colored glass based on light conditions on the Hudson River.

On Tuesday, May 6, artist Spencer Finch will discuss plans for the public art work he's mounting on the High Line, set to open in conjunction with the opening of Section 1 of the High Line. He'll be talking about his piece for the High Line in the context of his other projects.

Spencer Finch Lecture
Tuesday, May 6
Cedar Lake Theater
547 West 26th Street
(Between 10th and 11th Avenues)
6:30-8:00 PM
FREE

RSVP



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OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT


Workstations in our office; salvaged windows in the conference room.


The view from our office window: Meatpackers and models.

Friends of the High Line has outgrown our office in the Meatpacking District, our home since 2004, and will be moving to a larger space in Chelsea in May. We're looking for someone to take over our lease at 430 West 14th Street, beginning May 1.

The space is 1,680 square feet on the third floor of a five-story historic meatpacking building. It's an open layout, designed by StudioMDA, and it comes partially furnished with seating for up to 15, a conference room, and a storage area. It has west-facing windows that look out on the High Line and the Hudson River, and it gets great light. The design also features a long internal bank of bronze windows salvaged from an historic Park Avenue apartment. There is roof access, and passenger and freight elevators in the building.

The location is hard to beat. It's two blocks from the A, C, E, and L lines at 8th Avenue and 14th Street. The neighborhood is lively, with a lot of nearby lunch and shopping options, including Chelsea Market, one block away. It's also less than a block from the future High Line access point on 14th Street.

For more information, please email rick@thehighline.org or contact Stuart Siegel of Grubb & Ellis: stuart.siegel@grubb-ellis.com or (212) 326-4794


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SIGN UP BY WEDNESDAY FOR OUR SUMMER BENEFIT HOST COMMITTEE
Friends of the High Line's 8th Annual Summer Benefit honoring Hermine Riegerl Heller and David Heller, and Sukey and Mike Novogratz is approaching quickly. The event, chaired by Lisamaria Falcone, will be held Wednesday, June 25.

Wednesday is the deadline to join the Host Committee and have your name listed on the Benefit Invitation.

Hermine, David, Sukey, and Mike have generously funded the Tenth Avenue Overlook, one of the most innovative design features of the High Line.

This year's benefit will also celebrate the launch of the final designs of Section 1 and 2 (Gansevoort Street to 30th Street), the majority of which have never been seen by the public. This debut includes the High Line Design Publication and Design Video.

Cocktails will be held at IAC, and dinner will follow at David Zwirner. We have currently raised $974,100 toward our goal of $2.5 million. Tickets are $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000. Tables are $15,000, $25,000, $50,000 and $100,000. Reserve early-- last year we sold out $1,000 tickets before the invitation mailed!

Your support is especially needed this year. A new city park is opening on the High Line, and Friends of the High Line must provide the funds to maintain and operate it (the same way that Central Park Conservancy raises the money to run Central Park). Minimal city funds are available, and we need your help to hire the park's maintenance and operations staff. Visionary supporters like you are essential to ensure that the plantings are nurtured, that the park as a whole is always clean and well-maintained, and that visitors always feel safe

To buy tickets, or for more info, please contact Tara Morris:
tara@thehighline.org or (212) 206-9922.



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NEW ON THE HIGH LINE BLOG

The High Line Blog is updated daily by our staff, with new construction pictures, neighborhood news, event announcements, and other things we think are interesting. Here are the most popular stories on the High Line Blog this month.


Photo of the Week

My Favorite Pool: Swimming Pools Part II

A High Line Runs Through It

Photo Roundup: Chalk Shoes to the High Line

Field Ops to Design the Country's Largest Urban Park

Dispatches From the Nursery



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BECOME A CHARTER MEMBER OF FRIENDS OF THE HIGH LINE
With the High Line opening in less than 12 months, your membership will help us ensure the park is safe and maintained at a standard of excellence that is equal to its design.

Join today, Charter Membership will only be available to those who become members before opening.


CLICK HERE TO JOIN CLICK HERE TO JOIN

Click the button above and fill in the secure form to become a member online.



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CONTACT INFORMATION


430 West 14th Street, Suite 304
New York, NY 10014
(212) 206-9922
(212) 206-9118 fax
info@thehighline.org
www.thehighline.org







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