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Friends of the High Line Newsletter

FRIENDS OF THE HIGH LINE
June 9, 2010

Our First Anniversary: A Year in Pictures, a Celebration, & an Important Vote

A Year in Pictures
One year ago today, the first section of the High Line opened to the public. The High Line's first year as a public park has been extraordinary, with more than two million visitors from New York and around the world coming to see and experience the park.

To reflect upon our first year, we wanted to share with you our favorite photographs. The High Line stands today because of your dedication, and we hope that you will continue to support the High Line as we prepare to open Section 2 in the spring of 2011.

Celebration Tonight
Please join us tonight for a special talk and reception in the 14th Street Passage on the High Line. Peter Mullan, our Vice President of Planning & Design, will present and discuss plans for Section 2. Immediately following Peter's talk, we will host a reception with Appalachian stringband music by Stephanie Coleman, Eamon O'Leary, and Cleek Schrey, and refreshments available from People's Pops. Festivities begin at 6:30 PM.

Rail Yards ULURP Vote
Our first anniversary is enough cause to celebrate, but today also brings good news on our effort to preserve the High Line at the West Side Rail Yards. We are also pleased to announce that the City Planning Commission led by Chair Amanda Burden today voted to approve the City's application to allow it to acquire the High Line at the rail yards.

While there is still much to be done to guarantee the High Line's future at the rail yards, creating the option for the City to acquire this section is a major, positive step toward our ultimate goal: full preservation of the High Line north of 30th Street, including the 10th Avenue Spur, and completion of the High Line all the way to 34th Street.

Today's vote paves the way for the final vote at the City Council. We would like to thank Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, City Planning Chair Amanda Burden and our supporters who have joined us in advocating for the High Line at the rail yards, including Congressman Jerold Nadler, State Senator Tom Duane, Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, and Community Board 4. We look forward to seeing everyone at the City Council in the coming weeks to advocate for the full preservation of this iconic part of New York's industrial history.

Friends of the High Line is grateful to The New York Community Trust — LuEsther T. Mertz Advised Fund and the Greenacre Foundation for their dedicated support to our rail yards advocacy and public programming this year.


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A Year in Pictures

The southern-most entrance to the High Line. Photo by Iwan Baan

The ribbon-cutting ceremony. Photo by Patrick McMullan

Black-eyed susan (Rudbeckia subtomentosa) in the Chelsea Grasslands, thanks to The Tiffany & Co. Foundation. Photo by Kerry Cheeseboro

The High Line Renegade Cabaret performs. Photo by Marcin Wichary

The 10th Avenue Square, thanks to Hermine and David Heller, and Michael and Sukey Novogratz. Photo by Joe Vigilis

Our very own 'Bash the Trash' Parade, a public program using leftover paper products from Chelsea Market transformed into musical instruments. Photo by Friends of the High Line

Johnny Linville, one of our High Line Gardeners, tending the planting beds in the Northern Spur Preserve, thanks to the Christy and John Mack Foundation. Photo by David Kimelman

The Recycled Railroad Project, a free public program with the Children's Museum of the Arts where kids made trains out of recycled materials. Photo by Friends of the High Line

The planting beds in the Chelsea Grasslands in the fall. Photo by Bjoren Amherd

Friends of the High Line Educator Emily Pinkowitz uses historic photographs to teach kids about the history of the High Line. Photo by Joan Garvin

Artist Valerie Hegarty's Autumn on the Hudson River with Branches, a public artwork commissioned by Friends of the High Line. High Line Art Commissions are made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Photo by Jason Mandella

Winter Red winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red') blooms in the Gansevoort Woodland, thanks to Donald Pels and Wendy Keys. Photo by Karen Blumberg

A peel-up bench in the 10th Avenue Square. Photo by Juan Valentin

Harry Bissell, part of our High Line maintenance crew, removing snow from the High Line. Photo by Anonymous

Snow covering the Diller - von Furstenberg Sundeck, thanks to The Diller – von Furstenberg Family Foundation. Photo by Friends of the High Line

In December, the NYC Lab School chorus sang holiday tunes on the High Line. Photo by Joan Garvin

Pallida witchhazel (Hamamelis x intermedia 'Pallida') blooms near the 10th Avenue Square in the spring. Photo by Joan Garvin

The Northern Spur Preserve. Photo by Friends of the High Line

Artist Richard Galpin's Viewing Station, a public artwork commissioned by Friends of the High Line. High Line Art Commissions are made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Photo by Jason Mandella

Zach and Lexi Hauser — our 2,000,000th (and 2,000,001st!) visitors to the High Line. From left to right: Friends of the High Line Co-Founder Joshua David, Deb Hauser, Zach Hauser, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Richard Conolly, Lexi Hauser, Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, and City Planning Chair Amanda Burden. Photo by Josiah Lau

A butterfly on a 'Mars Midget' pincushion plant (Knautia macedonica 'Mars Midget') in the Chelsea Grasslands. Photo by Friends of the High Line

'Pink Delight' sage (Salvia nemorosa 'Pink Delight') in bloom in the Chelsea Grasslands. Photo by Joan Garvin

Stargazing with the Amateur Astronomers Association on the High Line under The Standard hotel. Photo by Karen Blumberg

Goatsbeard (Aruncus 'Horatio') in bloom in the Gansevoort Woodland. Photo by Joan Garvin

An aerial view of the High Line. Photo by Iwan Baan

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Join or Renew Your Membership This Spring


The first spring on the High Line has arrived. Now is the time to see this extraordinary park as never before. Take part in the High Line's first spring by renewing your membership or joining now. Support from our members allows us to hire gardeners to keep the park's flowers and trees in peak condition and maintenance crews to ensure the High Line is clean, safe, and well-managed for its visitors.


Renew or join now to receive your limited-edition 2010 High Line postcard series!


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