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Friends of the High Line Newsletter

May 11, 2011

Section 2 Opens in June

Construction crews are busy installing plants and building the elevators, stairs, and design features in preparation for Section 2 to open next month. When we know the exact opening date, we will announce it here.

In the meantime, as the crews wrap up, Brooklyn Tech's Organized C.H.A.O.S. wants to know:


High Line Section 2

Watch the video.

Organized C.H.A.O.S. is one of six teams that will perform during Step to the High Line, a week-long festival in June that will take place in Section 1. Visit our Event Calendar to learn more.


New Sound Art, Sculpture, and Dance in Celebration of Section 2

High Line Art

High Line Art is expanding! Later this spring, you will have the opportunity to interact with three new pieces at the park:

Julianne Swartz, Digital Empathy
A play upon our culture's increasing reliance on digital platforms for human interaction. The piece will deliver messages of empathy and love in the High Line's bathrooms, water fountains, and elevators.

Sarah Sze, Behavior and Its Evidence
An elaborate sculpture will frame the High Line's pathways and allow visitors to enter and pass through the space it outlines, while also acting as a bird, butterfly, and insect sanctuary.

Trisha Brown Dance Company, Roof Piece
A re-creation of the company's seminal 1971 piece. Dancers will be staged on rooftops around the southern end of the High Line, giving visitors views of the performances from the park.

Learn more about these and other public artworks at the High Line on our Web site.

High Line Art is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and is made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr.; The Rockefeller Foundation's New York City Cultural Innovation Fund; The Greenwall Foundation; the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation; Vital Projects Fund, Inc.; and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts.

High Line funders


Upcoming Walking Tours

Walking tours with Friends of the High Line staff are a great way to get a behind-the-scenes look at the High Line, and learn more about different aspects of the park. This month:

Observe the High Line's wildlife in the quiet, early morning hours with gardener Maryanne Stubbs on an Early Morning Habitat Walk.

Explore the High Line neighborhood's robust gallery life with curator Lauren Ross on an Art Gallery Walking Tour.

Learn about the High Line's history, design, and our future plans on a Walking Tour with Peter Mullan.

For more details about our tours, or to purchase tickets, visit our Event Calendar. Friends of the High Line members receive a $5 discount.


May 14: Variable Pop Dance Workshop

High Line gardener

Adults of all ages, join dance artist Naomi Goldberg Haas for an open-air fitness and movement workshop celebrating community and the joy of dance. This workshop is the first of three this season.

This High Line Public Program is free, open to ages 18 and up, and presented in partnership with Hudson Guild. No RSVP is required. Visit our Event Calendar for details.


May 21: Family Arts Workshop with the Whitney Museum

kids on the High Line

Families, explore the city's changing landscape and create your own visions of the future in this hands-on arts sketch tour at the High Line.

This High Line Public Program is presented in partnership with the Whitney Museum of American Art as part of the Whitney's Community Day and Groundbreaking Celebration. Activities are free and designed for ages 6 to 12. No RSVP required. Visit our Event Calendar for details.


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
Video: The Camera Betrays You


The High Line's Gansevoort Woodland is full of fuschia 'Appalachian Red' redbud blooms right now.


High Bridge, NYC's oldest bridge, is making progress towards reopening as public space: http://bit.ly/mNUMg1

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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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