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Friends of the High Line Newsletter

July 9, 2009

This Sunday, July 12: Target High Line Street Festival: Rain or Shine

Based on art from THE CURIOUS GARDEN, © 2009 Peter Brown

Don’t miss the Target High Line Street Festival, our free celebration of the High Line’s opening season, taking place this Sunday and generously sponsored by Target.

From 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM, we'll take over Gansevoort Street between Ninth Avenue and Washington Street, in the Meatpacking District. This event is FREE and will take place RAIN OR SHINE.

Come marvel at the World's Largest Lemonade Stand – in a 1,300 gallon custom-built Rosenwach water tank. The event will also feature inflatable sculptures, a reincarnation of the West Side Cowboy from the Federation of Black Cowboys, body painting, and performances by the Hungry March Band, Zona Del Barrio, and Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra, among many others.

An exciting array of hands-on activities including a special Target "Hi from the High Line!" photo postcard booth, a "recycled trees" sculpture created with the Children’s Museum of the Arts, and a Greenmarket: Youthmarket presented with the Council on the Environment of New York City, featuring corn roasting and cider making demonstrations and treats from local providers add even more fun to the day's activities.

Internationally-acclaimed balloon sculpture artist Jason Hackenwerth will be on hand working on a large public balloon sculpture of flowers and giant insects, and silk-screen artists will help guests create their own free t-shirts, featuring images by artist Michael De Feo. The Festival will feature a reading of Peter Brown's The Curious Garden, a New York Times best-selling children’s book inspired by the High Line, and on which the Festival's graphic (above) was based.

Many thanks to Target for making this event possible.


Summer Programs

We've planned a full calendar of free and low-cost events both on and off the High Line this summer.

To become a member of Friends of the High Line, and receive first notice about our public programs and discounts on many of them, visit our membership page.

To see our full calendar of events, please visit our events page. RSVP is required for all events.


Saturday, July 25, 3:00 PM: Workshop and Parade   FREE
Join Bash the Trash Environmental Arts to build and parade with your own musical instrument made with recycled materials.
10th Avenue Square, on the High Line at 17th Street

Saturday, August 1, 3:00 PM: Storytelling by Felix Pitre with Coqui the Frog   FREE
Told in Spanish and English.
10th Avenue Square, on the High Line at 17th Street

Tuesday, August 4, 4:00 PM: Butterflies on the High Line   FREE
Join artist Michael DeFeo to learn about pollinators on the High Line and make your own butterfly magnet.

Saturday, September 26, 11:00 AM: High Line Hunt   FREE
Join Dorothea Basile and ARTime to discover hidden secrets of the High Line including train tracks, mystery tunnels, and pinwheels.


Wednesday, September 16, 6:30 PM: Garden Talk   FREE
Patrick Cullina, Vice President of Horticulture and Park Operations
On the High Line in the Chelsea Market Passage


Wednesday, August 19, 6:30 PM: Starting the High Line   FREE
Friends of the High Line Co-Founder Robert Hammond
On the High Line in the Chelsea Market Passage


Every Sunday at 2:00 PM
$5 for High Line Members
$10 for Non-Members
Purchase tickets for meeting location; Space is limited

July 19: Matt Postal, Architectural Historian

July 26: Matthew Johnson, Associate Prinicipal, Diller Scofidio + Renfro

August 2: Katie Lorah, Friends of the High Line

August 9: Matt Postal, Architectural Historian

August 16: Lisa Switkin, Associate Principal, James Corner Field Operations

August 23: Friends of the High Line Horticulture Staff

August 30: Jeff Hafner, Friends of the High Line

September 13: Matthew Johnson, Senior Associate, Diller Scofidio + Renfro

September 20: Friends of the High Line Horticulture Staff

September 27: Jeff Hafner, Friends of the High Line

Friends of the High Line programming is made possible with support from the Lily Auchincloss Foundation and Johnson Family Foundation.


Proposed High Line Improvement District

We wanted to let you know about an important effort that is being launched to help cover the cost of maintaining and operating the High Line. Those who live, work or own property in the proposed district will soon be receiving a letter from a new Steering Committee made up of community leaders, property owners, business owners and residents, outlining a proposed Improvement District to help cover a portion of these costs. We wanted to make sure that all our supporters, both in and out of the area, knew about it.

More information about the proposed District, including the letter, frequently asked questions, and the proposed district map, and proposed assessment structure, can be found at www.thehighline.org/district.

The proposed Improvement District will be created through a public process. In preparation for that process, the Steering Committee is seeking input.

There will be two Public Information Meetings on the Proposed High Line Improvement District. These meetings are open to the public, but will be geared towards property owners and tenants in the proposed district.

Tuesday, July 28th
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
9th Floor Penthouse, 511 West 25th Street

Thursday, July 30th
9:00 am to 10:30 am
9th Floor Penthouse, 511 West 25th Street

Space is limited, so please RSVP for either of these meetings by leaving a message on our District Line at (646) 502-7863, or contacting district@thehighline.org.


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Become a Charter Member

Today is the last day to become a Charter Member of Friends of the High Line. Your membership will provide critical operating support to ensure that the High Line lives up to the high standards we all hold for this innovative new park. 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 safe for its visitors.

To be recognized as a Charter Member, and as one of the visionaries who helped build this remarkable new landmark, you must join by midnight tonight.

Don’t miss your chance to be a Charter Member.

Click to Join

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