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Friends of the High Line Newsletter

FRIENDS OF THE HIGH LINE
July 26, 2011

New Rollerskating Rink to Open under the High Line for Two Months Only

Opening Season

The summer fun continues. This week, Friends of the High Line will open the High Line Rink – Made for All by UNIQLO, a new, outdoor rollerskating rink below the High Line. Open for a limited time this summer, from Thursday, July 28 to Monday, September 26, the High Line Rink will be one of the only open-air rollerskating venues in Manhattan, with regularly scheduled theme nights and other fun public activities for visitors.

Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and James Corner Field Operations, in partnership with HWKN, the High Line Rink comprises 8,000 square feet within The Lot, a temporary public plaza below the High Line at West 30th Street and 10th Avenue. The Lot offers visitors the chance to shop at the UNIQLO Cube, or purchase snacks from a rotating series of food trucks and beverages from The Lot on Tap, an outdoor beer and wine bar operated by Friends of the High Line and Colicchio & Sons.

The High Line Rink will be open daily, from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM Sunday through Wednesday, and 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM Thursday through Saturday. To launch the rink, admission will be free for the first 500 people this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday thanks to UNIQLO.

The High Line Rink will be operated by Friends of the High Line and United Skates of America. Regular admission to the High Line Rink will cost $10 for children under age 13 and $12 for adults. A portion of the proceeds from admission fees will support the ongoing maintenance and operations of the High Line, which is funded by private money raised by Friends of the High Line. Visit our Web site for more information.

SUPPORT
The High Line Rink is presented by Japanese clothing retailer UNIQLO as part of a two-year partnership that supports the ongoing maintenance and operations of the High Line.

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Coming Soon: First Comprehensive Book on the High Line

Visit The High Line

We wanted you to be the first to know about an exciting project in the works. “High Line: The Inside Story of New York City's Park in the Sky," is the first book about the High Line that tells the story of the project, and documents its history and the completed park in photos. Written by Friends of the High Line Co-Founders Joshua David and Robert Hammond, the book is being published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
The book will hit the stores on October 11, 2011.

Pre-order your copy now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, or other online book retailers. Proceeds from sales of the book support the ongoing maintenance and operations of the High Line.

In this candid book—designed by Pentagram and illustrated with 250 pages of full-color images— Josh and Robert tell the story of how a crazy idea in 1999 became a reality in ten years. In their narrative, they discuss how they relied on skill, luck, and good timing, including a crucial court ruling, an inspiring design contest, the support of many New Yorkers, including Mayor Bloomberg and the New York City Council, the growing public concern around urban planning issues following September 11, and more.

Advance praise of “High Line: The Inside Story of New York City’s Park in the Sky”

The High Line is not only a great work of design—surely the most important addition to the public realm of New York in this century; it is also a great saga. In this book Robert Hammond and Joshua David, who led the grass-roots movement to rescue the High Line from demolition, tell with energy, passion, and refreshing candor the story of how this industrial artifact became, against all odds, a magnificent park.
Paul Goldberger

This book is the record of a bright and in fact heroic part of New York City’s history. The story of the struggle, against very long odds, by two young men to create the High Line is a story of perseverance, determination and courage, and the photographs which accompany it show the brilliance of their achievement.
Robert A. Caro

If God is in the details, then few projects can be more divine than the High Line. Christo, the man who wraps bridges and the Reichstag, once said that for him the creative part of his work is not the finished product but the seemingly frustrating process of getting all those permits and raising funds and convincing ecologists and city planners. This careful account of how the High Line came to exist despite all the odds proves just how creative and suspenseful realizing a plan can be; it’s a real cliff-hanger.
Edmund White

There is no more miraculous and important and gratifying piece of new American urban design than the High Line. What’s more, how it was conjured into existence is a compelling story, and here’s that story—with pictures!—told lucidly and charmingly by the two extraordinary ordinary guys who pulled it off.
Kurt Andersen

This is a fundamentally uplifting story of two young men with a dream who scythed through red tape and skepticism, summoning a village to help re-imagine what a park could be in the twenty-first century. Thanks to their vision, and to the dedication, enthusiasm, and brilliance of their collaborators, a walk in the park has been transformed into an exhilarating urban experience that helps all of us to see our extraordinary city with new eyes.
Anna Wintour

The story of the High Line, from rusting relic to sky-sited park, is one of the great encouraging, improbable stories of New York life in the past few decades. This book tells that story from its Quixotic beginnings to its triumphant realization, and should be read by anyone who cares about New York, or green and urban life. Adam Gopnik

 

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Now Open: The Porch, a New Open-Air Café on the High Line

The Porch, a New Open-Air Café on the High Line 

There is a new place to eat, drink, and watch the sunset on the High Line. The Porch is a new 40-seat, open-air venue located on the High Line at West 15th Street, with sweeping views of the city and the Hudson River.

Operated by Friends of the High Line and The Green Table restaurant, The Porch serves locally sourced, seasonal food, including sandwiches, fresh fruit, and bar snacks, and a rotating selection of local beer and wine on tap. Prices range from $2 to $10, and a portion of the proceeds help support the ongoing maintenance and operations of the High Line, which is funded by private money raised by Friends of the High Line.

Visitors may also purchase sandwiches, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages at The Porch to create their own picnic at other locations along the High Line. For hours and more information, visit our Web site.

PLEASE NOTE
Wine and beer may only be purchased and consumed at The Porch.

 

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All Summer Long: Events at The Lot

Eat, Drink, Play under The High Line 

The Lot is a temporary public plaza below the High Line at West 30th Street and 10th Avenue, and it will be open for this summer only.

In addition to the High Line Rink, which will open this Thursday, visitors can stop by The Lot on Tap, an outdoor beer and wine bar operated by Friends of the High Line and Colicchio & Sons, to grab a bite to eat and enjoy a cool drink in the shade of the High Line.

The Lot on Tap is open daily, serving local wines and beers, including Brooklyn High Line Elevated Wheat, a seasonal brew by Brooklyn Brewery, and snacks from a rotating series of food trucks.

The Lot on Tap is also home to ASPHALT, a new, after-work meet-up event for gays (and their friends) who love the High Line, and Tango at The Lot, an outdoor afternoon milonga, which features an introductory class for those new to tango, social dancing, and a performance by the experts. ASPHALT takes place from 7:00 to 10:00 PM on Wednesdays, and Tango at The Lot will take place from 3:30 to 5:30 PM on the first Thursdays in August and September. There is no cover charge to either event.

For hours, directions, reservations, and a daily schedule of food trucks, visit our Web site.

DID YOU KNOW?
The Lot and the Lot on Tap offers a unique venue for hosting summer parties and special events. For rental information, email venues@thehighline.org.

 

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July 27: Wild Wednesday Butterfly Release

Rainbow City

Families, join us on Wednesday, July 27 at 4:00 PM for Wild Wednesday, a weekly nature scavenger hunt and activity for kids.

This week, parade down the High Line to release butterflies, watch them take their first flight, and explore how these insects help plants grow. Butterfly releases will take place at 4:30 PM, 5:15 PM, and 6:00 PM.

This High Line Program is free and open to kids ages four and up. No RSVP required. Visit our Event Calendar for details.

SUPPORT
This High Line Program is presented by MetLife.

Lady Bug Launch


 

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July 29: Young Dancemakers Company on the High Line

Public Programs

Enjoy an outdoor dance performance inspired by the pathways and vistas at the High Line. The Young Dancemakers Company is comprised of teens from public high schools throughout New York City. Directed by Alice Tierstein and accompanied by the company’s music director and percussionist William Catanzaro, these talented dancers are eager to create and perform their original choreography at the park. This High Line Program is free and open to New Yorkers and visitors of all ages. No RSVP required. Visit our Event Calendar for details.

SUPPORT
Performances on the High Line are generously supported by The Philip & Janice Levin Foundation.


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Best of the Blog, Facebook, and Twitter

Here are the past few weeks’ most popular items from the High Line Blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

Blog

High Line Blog
West Side Cowboys in Literature

Facebook

Facebook
You don't have to leave New York City to see the stars

Twitter

Twitter
Watch Friends of the High Line Co-Founder Robert Hammond's TED talk.

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Sustain the Entire High Line

Sustain The High Line

As you know, we opened Section 2 of the High Line earlier this summer. Now, this mile-long park in the sky extends all the way to West 30th Street!

Your membership support today will help us sustain the entire High Line throughout the busy summer to come.

To recognize your support in this critical year, we're proud to offer special membership benefits, including a new High Line map, now including Section 2 (Member gifts of $40)...a 43-issue subscription to New York magazine (Rail gifts of $150)…a special, limited-edition High Line keychain (beam gifts of $350 or more).

Become an Opening Season Member—make your membership gift today!

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