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Farewell to Adrian Benepe, One of the High Line’s First Champions

This week we bid farewell to Adrian Benepe, the commissioner of the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, who is leaving his post to join The Trust for Public Land in a newly created position focusing on urban park development across the United States.

Under the leadership of Mayor Bloomberg over the past decade, Commissioner Benepe has improved access to public parks in all five boroughs. He has led new greening initiatives as part of PlaNYC, the mayor’s long-term sustainability agenda, and presided over the development of new public parks, including the High Line.

Read more about his role in transforming the High Line

On behalf of all of our supporters, members, and friends, we thank Commissioner Benepe for his many years of service to New York City, and for his visionary commitment to the High Line. We wish him all the best in his new role at The Trust for Public Land.

High Line Movies: 80s New York Film Series Starts Next Week

Join us next week for the launch of High Line Movies: 80s New York, a series of free film screenings that celebrate a decade when the High Line was overtaken by nature, and hip hop, shoulder pads, and graffiti could be found on every street corner.

The series begins at 7:00 PM on Thursday, September 6 with The Muppets Take Manhattan, and continues later in the month with screenings of Wild Style and Working Girl.

Get dates, screening times, locations, and more details

Next week’s film screening will begin at 7:00 PM in the 14th Street Passage. Come early to enjoy a snack or meal from our food vendors before the film starts. There are tacos, hot dogs, salads, meatball subs, gelato, and more on the High Line, between West 15th and 16th Streets.

High Line Art Fall Season: Performance, Installations, Videos

You will find several new public artworks on view when you visit the park this fall.

High Line Art’s new season begins on Thursday, September 13 with two new works: Virginia Overton’s pickup truck installation on Edison ParkFast’s stacked parking facility at West 20th Street, and Jennifer West’s day-long interactive performance on the High Line.

Later in the season, we will debut El Anatsui’s monumental installation on a building wall next to the High Line, as well as a video series by Cinthia Marcelle, a film projection by Oscar Muñoz, and a billboard installation by Thomas Bayrle, which will feature the image pictured above. These new works will join others on view by Uri Aran, Spencer Finch, and Thomas Houseago, as well as Lilliput, the group exhibition of miniature sculptures installed along the High Line. Learn more about the upcoming artworks on view, and follow @highlineartnyc on Twitter for art news and updates.

Planning a visit to the High Line?

Download a free copy of our newly designed seasonal art map. This full-color guide includes photos and information of all of the current High Line Art on view. GET YOUR COPY

Meet Erycka Montoya Pérez, Our New Community Engagement Manager

We are pleased to introduce you to Erycka Montoya Pérez, who recently joined our team as the Community Engagement Manager to focus on community-based initiatives, which are supported, in part, by the Nathan Cummings Foundation and AT&T.

In this role, Erycka is building and strengthening relationships in the diverse communities that the High Line intersects. She is uniquely suited for this new position. Her professional experience includes community outreach in New York City’s 21st Council District, workforce development in the Bronx Workforce1 Career Center, and event planning in different capacities. At the High Line, her work continues the tradition of open dialogue between Friends of the High Line and our communities.

Read more about Erycka and her plans for the High Line

High Line Events & Happenings

Tickets are on sale for the High Line Chefs Dinner, our signature fall fundraising event that brings together celebrated chefs from our neighborhood for an unforgettable evening. Buy tickets

Kids, join us today at 4:00 PM on the High Line for the last Wild Wednesday of the summer season, and learn how wriggly worms turn plant scraps into soil for the High Line. Get details

Kids, join us to make delicious healthy snacks with our food vendors during Play With Your Food, a free drop-in activity at 3:30 PM on Wednesdays in September. Learn more

Mark your calendars: we’re bringing beekeepers from all five boroughs to the High Line on Wednesday, September 12 for honey tastings, sweet treats, and activities for kids. Learn more

Northern Spy now offers 10% off orders when you check in at their High Line outpost. We recommend the kale salad for lunch or the watermelon slushie for a midday treat.

Join the High Line Gardeners on Tuesday, September 4 to get an insider’s look at the unique horticultural design of the park. Buy tickets

We are now accepting applications for full- and part-time positions at Friends of the High Line. View the list of the available positions and download the job descriptions.

Highlights from the Web

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

High Line Blog
Arriba! Photos from our free community dance parties on the High Line

What’s that smell? Prairie dropseed is our plant of the week.

FREE PODCAST: High Line Co-Founder Joshua David tells the inside story of the High Line

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
529 West 20th Street, Suite 8W
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; Tom Kletecka; The Muppets Take Manhattan image courtesy Columbia Pictures, Tristar Pictures, and Triumph Films; Wild Style image courtesy Charlie Ahearn; Working Girl image courtesy IMDB; Thomas Bayrle; Liz Ligon; Friends of the High Line

High Line Art is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art is made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr., with additional support from Vital Projects Fund, Inc. High Line Art is supported, 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.

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.

Community Engagement at Friends of the High Line is supported in part by the Nathan Cummings Foundation and AT&T.

MetLife Foundation is a Leading Supporter of High Line Live!

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