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Friends of the High Line Newsletter

August 21, 2009

Update: High Line Improvement District

We'd like to update you on the High Line Improvement District.

Friends of the High Line and the District's Steering Committee sought broad community input on the idea of creating an Improvement District to help the City's new High Line park. The Steering Committee reached out to the larger High Line community, so that their responses would help determine whether to move forward. Following these public outreach efforts, it was decided to put the proposal on hold. While many strongly supported the concept, important concerns were also raised.

Friends of the High Line has always been a community organization, and the members of the Steering Committee are community members first and foremost. Friends of the High Line will continue to work with the community to develop a diversified revenue stream for the High Line's future, so that the park can always be maintained and operated at the level necessary to make it a treasured asset to its community and to the city as a whole.


NY Times Editorial

On Monday, the High Line was featured in a New York Times editorial by Francis X. Clines in which he describes the High Line's landscape as "natural and soothing as prairie grass above the mean streets."

Read the New York Times editorial


September Programs

Storyteller Felix Pitre with Coqui the Frog in the Tenth Avenue Square on August 1.

Saturday, September 12, 9:00 AM
Wellness Program: Yoga on the High Line
Chelsea Market Tunnel
With inspiration drawn from the High Line, join yogi Nikki Costello in celebrating and experiencing the urban oasis that is the High Line in an elevated and uplifting yoga class.

Monday, September 14, 6:00 PM
Edible Estates Garden Opening
Hudson Guild at Elliott Chelsea Houses, 441 West 26th Street
Come mark the opening 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's arrival in Manhattan with the "Lenape Edible Estate: Manhattan," which was planted on June 13 and will officially open to the public on Monday, September 14.
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Wednesday, September 16, 6:30 PM
Garden Program: Garden Talk with Pat Cullina
14th Street Passage
Join Vice President of Horticulture & Park Operations Patrick Cullina for a talk on horticulture within the context of the High Line.

Thursday, September 24, 4:00 PM
Family Program: Recycled Railroad with the Children's Museum of the Arts
14th Street Passage
Join the Children's Museum of the Arts for an evening of recycled art on the High Line. Teaching Artist Agee Gliksman will lead participants in an art workshop that highlights the High Line's railroad history.

Saturday, September 26, 11:00 AM
Family Program: High Line Hunt
14th Street Passage
Join Dorothea Basile and ARTime to discover hidden secrets of the High Line, including train tracks, mystery tunnels, and pinwheels.

Wednesday, September 30, 6:30 PM
Art Program: Lecture with Spencer Finch
14th Street Passage
Artist Spencer Finch will discuss his artwork on the High Line, The River That Flows Both Ways, as well as other recent works.

Walking Tours

Walk the High Line with an expert! Our small group walking tours are a great introduction to the park, as well as an opportunity to hear directly from the High Line's staff and designers about its history, design, gardens, and other areas of interest. Tours are every Sunday at 2:00. They are one hour long and cost $5 for Members and $10 for Non-Members. Become a Member.

August 23: Horticulture Staff, Friends of the High Line

August 30: Peter Mullan, Director of Planning, and Patrick Hazari, Design & Planning Fellow
Friends of the High Line

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

September 20: Horticulture Staff, Friends of the High Line

September 27: Jeff Hafner, Manager of Institutional Giving, Friends of the High Line

To view our full calendar of events, please visit our events page.

Friends of the High Line programming and community outreach is made possible with support from the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Johnson Family Foundation, and the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development.

Friends of the High Line's publications, program materials, and Web content is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.


Fulton Houses Youthmarket

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn visits the Youthmarket. Photo courtesy NY1.

A new Greenmarket, run by youth from Fulton Houses, in partnership with the Council on the Environment of New York City (CENYC), offers a great new location near the High Line to buy locally-grown produce.

Concerned about escalating rates of childhood obesity, community activist Miguel Acevedo and Chelsea Market's Michael Ginsberg teamed up with CENYC's Tom Strumulo and Olivia Blanchflower. Together, they established the Youthmarket, which gives the Fulton Youth of The Future—young people who live at Fulton Houses, a New York City Housing Authority development near the High Line—the opportunity to operate their own business and learn more about sustainable agriculture and healthful eating while they earn $10 per hour.

Fulton Houses Youthmarket
9th Avenue at 16th Street
Saturdays, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM, until October 31

Cash, food stamps and Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) accepted


Become a Member of Friends of the High Line

Become a member today. Our members 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.

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