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FHL E-Mail Newsletter
September 12, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE
September 15: Show Your Support for Saving the Entire High Line at the West Side Rail Yards
Planting Has Begun
Special Projects Manager Meredith Taylor to Leave FHL
Calvin Klein, Inc. Celebrates its 40th Anniversary and the High Line
September 19-21: High Line Open Studios
Jobs at the High Line



SEPTEMBER 15: SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR SAVING THE ENTIRE HIGH LINE AT THE WEST SIDE RAIL YARDS
Many of our supporters have asked how the High Line can still threatened at the Rail Yards since Related Companies had proposed keeping the entire line in their original submission to the MTA. Although we have had positive discussions with Related, and they have been a supporter of the project for several years, we have no guarantees that the entire High Line will be preserved. Other important issues regarding the High Line, such as view corridors, are still in question and will be discussed at the Monday's public meeting.

Monday's meeting will be the first public viewing of the revised plans for the West Side Rail Yards. The Related Companies, the developer that was selected by the MTA in May 2008, has revised its proposal and is presenting it to the public for the first time. The revised proposal includes the developer's new proposed treatment of the High Line at the site.

Please come and show your support.

Sponsored by Manhattan Community Board 4, the Hudson Yards Community Advisory Committee, and the Related Companies

Rail Yards Public Forum
Monday, September 15
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Sacred Heart of Jesus School
Campbell Hall
457 West 51st Street
Enter between the church and the rectory

View the CB4 flyer

Read the the MTA's press release regarding the selection of the Related Companies, from May 2008.

Please let us know if you're planning on attending. E-mail railyards@thehighline.org.


Mark your calendars for the Public Scoping Hearing for the Western Rail Yards
Thursday, October 2, 2008
2:00 - 5:00 PM and 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street, Room 1A-03-05

As the first step in the rezoning process for the Western Rail Yards, the City and the MTA are hosting a public input session about the scope for the Environmental Impact Statement for the site. For more information on this session, please visit the Community Board 4 Web site: www.manhattancb4.org

View the Draft Scope of Work



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PLANTING HAS BEGUN


Planting on the High Line has begun. Grasses and perennials arrived onsite earlier this week, and Friends of the High Line's Deputy Director of Horticulture, Melissa Fisher, has been working on the installation of the plants along with the High Line construction and landscape team, which incluces planting designer Piet Oudolf,landscape architects from Field Operations, SiteWorks, Kelco Landscaping, Inc., and The Plant Group.

Read more about it on our blog


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SPECIAL PROJECTS MANAGER MEREDITH TAYLOR TO LEAVE FHL
Friends of the High Line congratulates Special Projects Manager Meredith Taylor on her new job with the City of New York. Meredith will join the Department of Citywide Administrative Services as a manager to work on PlaNYC, a collection of environmental goals announced by Mayor Bloomberg last year. Her last day at Friends of the High Line will be September 19.

Since Meredith joined our staff in 2005, she has overseen some of our biggest events, including openhousenewyork, the Kitchen High Line Block Parties, lectures, and community events. Danya Sherman, whom many of you know, is stepping in as the interim programming coordinator and will continue to communicate our needs to you as they arise.

Meredith is excited to transition into a new role as a Friends of the High Line volunteer.



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CALVIN KLEIN, INC. CELEBRATES ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY AND THE HIGH LINE


On Sunday, September 7, Calvin Klein, Inc. celebrated its 40th anniversary with a spectacular event that also celebrated the High Line. The celebration took place in a temporary structure designed by architect John Pawson, constructed alongside the High Line at 30th Street and 10th Avenue. Within the structure, guests could enter a light installation by artist James Turrell, titled "Two Blues 2008." In gratitude for a major contribution made by Calvin Klein, Inc., to the future maintenance and operations fund of the High Line, which will help Friends of the High Line pay for gardeners, maintenance staff, and other park operations needs, guests at the party were invited to enjoy special donor visits to the High Line. We are grateful to everyone at Calvin Klein, Inc. and to our partners at the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation for making this event possible.

In The New York Times, Guy Trebay called the party "one of the livelier site-specific installations seen around here since Christo's and Jeanne-Claude's Gates was erected in Central Park in 2005."

Read the New York Times article


In "the Cut," New York Magazine's fashion blog, Jada Yuan wrote that the event "gave us enough moments of childlike wonderment to last for the next ten seasons."

Read "the Cut" post


On Style.com, Rosario Dawon was quoted, "This is an incredible New York moment." The post includes a link to a slideshow with photos celebrities on event's red carpet.

Read the Style.com post



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SEPTEMBER 19-21: HIGH LINE OPEN STUDIOS
The Second Annual High Line Open Studios will take place Friday, September 19, through Sunday, September 21. This weekend-long event features free access to over 30 private artists studios located near the High Line in West Chelsea.

High Line Open Studios
September 19, 20, 21
12:00 - 6:00 PM

Pick up maps at:
508 West 26th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues


Please email highlineartsstudios@gmail.com for more information.



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JOBS AT THE HIGH LINE
Friends of the High Line is now hiring for two full-time positions and two internships. For application instructions, please read the job descriptions.
No phone calls, please.

  • DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING
    The Director of Programming is responsible for establishing a fully-developed, long-term programming plan for the High Line as well as managing FHL’s education program, the High Line greeter program, FHL's community advocacy efforts, and FHL's business outreach.

    View the complete job description



  • OFFICE ASSISTANT
    The Office Assistant is responsible for providing general administrative support to the entire Friends of the High Line office as well as specific support to one of the two Co-Founders on special projects including fundraising, design, and presentations.

    View the complete job description



  • DEVELOPMENT INTERN
    The Development Intern will provide general support to FHL's 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


  • HIGH LINE INTERN
    The High Line 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



  • HIGH LINE ART CURATOR AND DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
    We are currently reviewing the many resumes we received for our High Line Art Curator and Director of Finance positions, although neither position has been filled.

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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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Click the button above and fill in the secure form to become a member online.



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CONTACT INFORMATION


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