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FHL E-Mail Newsletter
August 5, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE
Calvin Klein Inc. Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Major High Line Gift & Event
Design Publication Launch Party: Photos and Thanks
Construction Update: Soil Delivery and 820 Washington Site Preparation
Jobs at the High Line


CALVIN KLEIN INC. CELEBRATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY WITH MAJOR HIGH LINE GIFT & EVENT
In celebration of the company's 40th Anniversary, Calvin Klein Inc. has announced a major gift to the High Line. The gift will go towards the High Line's maintenance and operations; part of it will be used for an endowment and part will be used directly to pay for the staffing, equipment and other costs associated with maintaining the park once it's open.

To commemorate the anniversary, and the gift, Calvin Klein will hold a special event to coincide with Fall Fashion Week, in a state-of-the-art temporary structure adjacent to the High Line, designed by architect John Pawson, a longtime collaborator with the company. After the event, the structure will be dismantled and its materials donated to nonprofit organizations to be repurposed. The evening will also include special tours of the High Line's northern section at the West Side Rail Yards.

Calvin Klein has long had roots near the High Line, and the gift is the company's way of celebrating its past, while contributing to the future of the neighborhood. The High Line will rely on major private gifts, such as Calvin Klein's, to be maintained and operated at a consistant level of excellence for years to come.

Read the Article in Women's Wear Daily




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DESIGN PUBLICATION LAUNCH PARTY: PHOTOS AND THANKS

The party took place in a raw space under the High Line. Photo by High Line volunteer Jeffery Donenfeld.

Last Wednesday, more than 700 High Line supporters came out to celebrate the release of Designing the High Line at our design publication launch party. The party took place outdoors, under the High Line at 25th Street. Colored lights illuminated the steel girders of the High Line while Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra played live jazz.

Thanks to everyone who showed up to toast our design and construction teams, and a special thanks to the evening's sponsors, Related, Cardinal Investments, 511 West 25th Street, SHoP Architects, and Alf Naman for the use of the space under the High Line. If you didn't get to pick up a copy of Designing the High Line, it's available for purchase on Amazon.com.


View the Party Photos, taken by Jeffery Donenfeld, one of our High Line volunteers.


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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: SOIL DELIVERY AND 820 WASHINGTON SITE PREPARATION


Last week, the High Line's construction team took a major step forward in Landscape Construction, the final phase of work on the High Line's first section. A delivery of soil, for the High Line's planting areas, arrived at the northern part of Section 1, near 19th Street.

The High Line's planting areas function essentially like a green roof, and the construction is similar. First, a corrugated, black plastic drainage mat sits on the waterproofed concrete of the High Line's deck. A layer of fine gravel covers the mat, assisting with water runoff. Then comes the subsoil, separated from the gravel with a layer of thin filter fabric. Subsoil, which contains a lot of clay, is coarser thank the topsoil that covers it. The topsoil is finer and higher in nutrients.

Plants for the High Line are anticipated to be delivered in the early Fall. In the meantime, the bare soil will soon be covered over to prevent wind and water erosion.



The existing building, an out-of-use meatpacking plant at 820 Washington. Demolition work will begin in the next few weeks.

At the High Line's southern end at Gansevoort and Washington Streets, crews will begin to demolish the remainder of 820 Washington Street, an empty meat market building, to prepare for the opening of Section 1 and future development of the site. The loading docks at 820 Washington Street were demolished last year to make room for the High Line's Gansevoort entrance. The site will be the future home of the new Whitney Museum and the High Line Maintenance and Operations facility, both scheduled to open in 2012, subject to public land use review. The High Line facility will include space for material storage, vehicle storage, and staff offices, as well as facilities for the public, including a public elevator and bathrooms.

Scaffolding will go up on the building in the next few weeks, followed by interior demolition and abatement. Demolition of the structure will begin in the fall and will continue through the end of the year.

You can read more about the Whitney and see renderings on our blog.



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JOBS AT THE HIGH LINE
Friends of the High Line is now hiring for three full-time positions and two internships. For application instructions, please read the job descriptions, below.

No phone calls, please.

  • DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
    Reporting to the Executive Director, the Board Treasurer, and the Finance Committee, the Director of Finance is responsible for managing all aspects of FHLís financial activities including A/P and A/R management, financial planning and reporting, budgeting, cash flow management, and ensuring that the organizationís accounting procedures conform to generally accepted accounting principles.

    View the complete job description



  • HIGH LINE ART CURATOR
    The High Line Art Curator will help develop and manage every aspect of The High Line Art Program, and will be charged with establishing it as a sustainable, multi-year program, while also overseeing the aspects of all other High Line art-related programs including events, lectures, exhibitions, and the creation of strategic art partnerships. Responsibilities will also include coordinating the production and installation of art on and near the High Line, working with the community, Parks Department, and other City agencies to secure necessary approvals, working with FHLís development staff to fundraise for arts-related programs, and developing education and public programming relating to High Line arts programs.

    View the complete job description



  • MAJOR GIFTS OFFICER
    The Major Gifts Officer will be an integral part of the fundraising team, and will work to identify, cultivate, and solicit individual donors with a capacity to give at the $10,000 level and above. The Major Gifts Officer reports to and works closely with the Chief Development Officer. Responsibilities will include managing a portfolio of high net-worth individuals, setting ambitious and attainable goals for individual gifts in both FHLís annual and capital campaigns, establishing and maintaining strong personal relationships with high net-worth individuals, and managing individual prospect research and preparing detailed prospect profiles.

    View the complete job description



  • DEVELOPMENT INTERN
    The Development Intern will provide general support to FHLís development staff, assisting with the day-to-day workings of a capital campaign, membership program, foundation and corporate giving programs, and fundraising events. Primary responsibilities include researching potential funding sources, assisting with the production of proposals, reports, and mailings, database management and events assistance.

    View the complete job description



  • ADMINISTRATIVE INTERN
    The Administrative Intern will provide general administrative support to FHL staff, specifically focusing on office operations, community outreach, and public events. Primary responsibilities include reception duties (answering phones, greeting guests), standard administrative tasks (data entry, photocopying, filing, distributing mail, running errands, etc.), assisting with event production, mailing assembly, and other tasks as needed.

    View the complete job description


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BECOME A CHARTER MEMBER OF FRIENDS OF THE HIGH LINE
With the High Line opening by the end of the year, your Charter Membership will help us ensure the park is safe and maintained at a standard of excellence that is equal to its design.

Join today! Charter Membership will only be available to those who become members before opening.


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CONTACT INFORMATION


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