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Check Out the Latest Designs for the Rail Yards

 

We have made major advances at the rail yards this summer.

Last week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Speaker Christine Quinn announced that the City of New York has acquired the High Line at the rail yards from CSX Transportation, Inc., bringing us one step closer toward starting construction. Our next steps are fundraising to pay for transforming the rail yards section into a public park, and collaborating on the design with our City partners and the team of James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf.

On Monday, we presented the latest design renderings at a community input meeting, where more than 200 supporters joined us to share feedback and ask questions. If you missed the meeting, you can now check out the renderings on our blog.

VIEW THE RENDERINGS

Thanks to all who attended Monday’s meeting to provide input, as well as those who attended the community input meetings in December, 2011 and March, 2012. We are now working to complete the designs, and we look forward to sharing more updates very soon.

Our Free Summer Movie Series Begins Tonight



Join us tonight at 7:00 PM on the High Line for the launch of High Line Teen Picks, our free summer movie series curated by local teens.

Presented by AT&T, High Line Teen Picks will transform the 14th Street Passage into an outdoor community movie theater for three Thursdays in August. Bring your friends and family and spend a beautiful summer night relaxing on the High Line while watching movies picked by local teens.

Last year we surveyed the High Line’s neighbors to find out what kind of opportunities they’d like to see at the park. Adults wanted jobs for teens, and teens were excited about the idea of free movies at the park. So this year, we’ve recruited local teens to help us curate and coordinate an entire movie series. The teens took inspiration from the against-all-odds history of the High Line, choosing films with characters who overcome obstacles to realize their dreams.

Step Up | Thursday, August 2 | 7:00 PM
A teen romance where two worlds unite as one passion explodes on the dance floor

Real Steel | Thursday, August 9 | 7:00 PM
A futuristic action flick with a dynamic father-son duo and their underdog robot fighter

Freedom Writers | Thursday, August 16 | 7:00 PM
A young teacher sacrifices all to bring students together to succeed despite the odds

Read more about High Line Teen Picks in Chelsea Now

High Line Teen Picks is free and open to visitors of all ages. All films are rated PG-13. Film screenings take place rain or shine in the 14th Street Passage, on the High Line at West 14th Street. No RSVP required, but seating is limited, so please arrive early.

High Line Art to Install Monumental Tapestry by El Anatsui

 

We are gearing up for a busy fall season for High Line Art, our program that commissions and produces public art on and around the High Line.

The New York Times has announced that El Anatsui, the Ghanaian artist based in Nigeria, will present his first outdoor installation in the United States at the High Line. Pictured above at its debut in Paris, Broken Bridge is a giant tapestry made of pressed tin and mirrors. We are planning to install it on an outdoor wall next to the High Line at West 21st Street.

Read more about it in The New York Times

El Anatsui’s tapestry will be one of seven artworks to debut this fall. Follow @highlineartnyc on Twitter for regular updates and musings.

Mayor Dedicates Tiffany & Co. Foundation Overlook

 

We were deeply honored to join Mayor Michael Bloomberg; Michael J. Kowalski, Chairman and CEO of Tiffany & Co.; Fernanda M. Kellogg, Chair of The Tiffany & Co. Foundation; and Anisa Kamadoli Costa, President of the Foundation last month to commemorate the naming of a beloved area of the park in honor of the Foundation’s leadership and its support of the High Line.

Located at the High Line’s southern terminus, the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Overlook forms a glass-walled balcony above the cobblestone streets of the Meatpacking District. The cut of the High Line structure, created when a portion of the elevated railway was demolished in 1991, provides a unique view of the High Line, the cityscape, and the Hudson River.

The naming recognizes The Tiffany & Co. Foundation for its visionary commitment to the High Line. Since 2007, the Foundation has provided critical support for the park’s construction and endowment, supported the High Line’s day-to-day maintenance and operations needs, and catalyzed our fundraising efforts to open the rail yards section of the High Line for future generations of New Yorkers to enjoy. Learn more

We are grateful to The Tiffany & Co. Foundation for its leadership and support.

Tickets Now on Sale for High Line Chefs Dinner

Join us on Sunday, September 30 for the High Line Chefs Dinner at Colicchio & Sons. This is our signature fall fundraising event, bringing together celebrated chefs from the High Line neighborhood for an unforgettable evening.

Tickets start at $500, and proceeds support our ongoing work to keep the High Line clean and beautiful for the millions of people visiting the park each year.

PURCHASE TICKETS


Join Our Team: Apply for a Job at the High Line


We are currently looking to fill several open positions at the Friends of the High Line. Help us spread the word to outstanding candidates!

View the list of the available positions and download the job descriptions.

High Line Events & Happenings


NEW MERCHANDISE
T-Shirts, bags, pins, bandanas, postcards, train whistles, conductor hats – we’ve designed a new line of merchandise, and there is special something for every High Line fan. View photos

AUGUST BLOOM LIST
Our free monthly bloom guides feature plant names and photos to help you identify seasonal flowers and foliage. Download August’s High Line Bloom List to make the most of your next visit.

LAWN UPDATE
After several weeks of rest and recovery from a busy spring season, the 23rd Street Lawn is now opening once again for picnicking and sunbathing.

SHARE A MEAL
Congrats to Rhesa Storms for winning July’s #shareameal photo contest on Twitter and a complimentary lunch from Terroir at The Porch. View the winning photo

HIGH LINE BILLBOARD
There is a new artwork on view on the giant billboard next to the High Line at West 18th Street. High Line Art debuted Elad Lassry’s Women (065,055) yesterday. View photos

HIGH LINE CHANNEL 14
Today marks the debut of HIGH LINE CHANNEL 14, our new series of art videos and sound installations in the 14th Street Passage. A contemplative sound-and-film composition by John Cage will launch the series at 1:00 PM. Learn more

WILD WEDNESDAYS
With support from MetLife Foundation, this month we are inviting kids and families to learn about the hidden ecosystem of the High Line at Wild Wednesdays. Learn more

WILD HIGH LINE WALKING TOUR
Join High Line Gardener Maryanne Stubbs on Saturday, August 11 to get a behind-the-scenes look at the wildlife that inhabit the High Line. Members receive a discount. Buy tickets

BOOK TALK
We’ll be at the AIA’s Center for Architecture in the Village on Monday, August 13 to give a presentation on our book and answer questions about the High Line. Learn more

Highlights from the Web


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

High Line Blog
Watch Video of the Beyond the High Line: Transforming Detroit



Facebook
The public has spoken. Step Up edges out The Notebook to launch our summer movie series.



Twitter
What are you doing after work? #shareameal @terroirny on the High Line, and be treated to a great sunset.


Check out the High Line Blog and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay connected.


Give Monthly: Become a Highliner

Highliners are a core group of members who provide essential sustaining support to the park each and every month.

When you join the Highliners with a monthly pledge, you will support the park in the most effective way possible. Your gift will be automatically charged to your credit or debit card each month, reducing paper and administrative costs, and allowing more of your support to go directly to the High Line.

You’ll also be recognized with great benefits, including all of the benefits of membership, and special recognition as a Highliner in our newsletter. Plus, when you join today, you’ll also receive a stainless-steel Highliners water bottle!

Make your pledge and become a Highliner today!

Not ready to give monthly? You can also help sustain the park with a one-time special gift.



Friends of the High Line
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New York, NY 10011
(212) 206-9922
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The High Line is managed by a partnership between Friends of the High Line and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation

Images from top to bottom: Friends of the High Line; James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Courtesy of the City of New York and Friends of the High Line; Ari Joseph; Erik Lasalle, Courtesy of El Anatsui and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York; Nick Hunt / Patrick McMullan; Friends of the High Line; Friends of the High Line


SUPPORT
The Rail Yards Community Input Meetings are made possible by the New York Community Trust–LuEsther T. Mertz Advised Fund, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation, and Greenacre Foundation.

High Line Teen Picks is presented by AT&T.

High Line Art is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art is supported by Vital Projects Fund, Inc., and, in part, with 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 with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Toyota is the Presenting Sponsor of the High Line Plant Guide and the monthly bloom guides.

Beyond the High Line is presented by Friends of the High Line in partnership with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and The Trust for Public Land. High Line Talks are made possible by the New York Community Trust-LuEsther T. Mertz Advised Fund and, Greenacre Foundation.

Leading support for High Line Kids is provided by MetLife Foundation and the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, with additional support from the Concordia Foundation, the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, and, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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