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Friends of the High Line Newsletter

FRIENDS OF THE HIGH LINE
October 4, 2011

New Leadership Structure at Friends of the High Line

The Porch

We wanted you to know about an exciting change in the leadership structure at Friends of the High Line. Melissa Fisher, our current Director of Horticulture & Park Operations, will be taking on the expanded role of Chief Operating Officer, in which she will oversee the daily operations of the organization and continue to report to Co-Founder Robert Hammond. This change will take effect on Saturday, October 15. Rick Little will be promoted to Vice President of Administration & Strategic Projects. Tara Morris will be promoted to Vice President of Development. Co-Founders Joshua David and Robert Hammond will dedicate their focus to our advocacy, planning, fundraising, and other strategic initiatives.

Read more about this important transition for our organization.

We are now beginning the search for a Vice President of Park Operations to replace the role Melissa currently fills.



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Fall Hours Are Now in Effect at the High Line

The Porch

Fall hours are now in effect at the High Line. The park is open daily, beginning at 7:00 AM, and closing one hour earlier, at 10:00 PM. Later in the season, as the colder temperatures arrive, we will shift to winter hours, with the park closing at 7:00 PM.

Please check our Web site, or follow @highlinenyc on Twitter for updates about park operations.



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Tomorrow: Reserve Your Spot for OPENHOUSENEWYORK

The Porch

Beginning tomorrow at 9:00 AM, openhousenewyork will begin taking reservations for walking tours of the High Line at the West Side Rail Yards on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16.

Reserve your spot early – in the past, the spaces have filled up within minutes.



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Now on View: New Art by Darren Almond and Charles Mary Kubricht

Celebrate Fashion’s Night Out with Disco and Free Skating

We debuted two new public art installations to kick off the fall season of High Line Art. Joel Sternfeld has selected a Darren Almond photograph, pictured above, as the next installment in Landscape with Path on the billboard next to the High Line at West 18th Street. Learn more.

Near the northern end of the High Line, Charles Mary Kubricht has transformed our park storage containers with dazzle camouflage. Learn more.
We are also planning to debut two new artworks later this month.

On Sunday, October 9, Kim Beck will debut The Sky Is The Limit / NYC, a fleeting series of messages written in the sky above the High Line. Learn more.

On Wednesday, October 26, just in time for Halloween, artist Sue de Beer will debut Haunt Room, a new interactive installation designed to spook the viewer with infrasound. Learn more.

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Upcoming Events and Happenings

The fall season is upon us, and we have a number of opportunities for you to stay connected with the High Line as the cooler weather arrives. NEW BOOK Check out what Anna Wintour calls a “fundamentally uplifting story” and Robert Caro says is “the bright and in fact heroic part of New York City’s history.” Josh and Robert’s new book, High Line: The Inside Story of New York City’s Park in the Sky hits bookstores on Tuesday, October 28. Pre-order your copy now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, or other online book retailers, and don’t forget to reserve your ticket for their talk at 92YTriBeCa on Friday, October 22.

NEW VIDEO Watch a video of Josh and Robert’s talk at this year’s Google Zeitgeist Conference.

RAIL YARDS TALK If you would like to learn more the final stretch of the High Line, join us tomorrow night to hear Robert speak about its past, present, and future. A short Q&A will follow the talk. Learn more.

PERFORMANCE ART Ballroom Marfa, the cultural art space in Texas, comes to the High Line to present Atom Fables, a new multimedia work by artists Laleh Khorramian and Shahzad Ismaily on Monday, October 10 and Tuesday, October 11.

FILM SCREENING Join us at the revival screening of Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot, which has been re-scheduled for Friday, October 14 at 7:00 PM on the High Line. Get the details.

SOCIAL SOUP EXPERIMENT Join us for a culinary adventure on Saturday, October 22. What happens when hundreds of people gather for a one-pot meal at a communal table in a restaurant without walls placed on the High Line? Join us to find out.

NEW FALL MENU ITEMS Try the new autumnal food offerings on the High Line, including horchata from La Newyorkina; hot coffee from Blue Bottle; grilled cheese, soup, beer on tap, and local wines at The Porch; and warm cookies and pie from Melt Bakery. Learn more.

HIGH LINE IN URBANIZED Hear how urban design impacts our lives and the future of cities. Join us at the IFC on Friday, October 28 for the only New York City screening of Urbanized, the final documentary in design film trilogy by Gary Hustwit.


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Best of the Blog, Facebook, and Twitter

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

Blog

High Line Blog
The High Line makes its comic book debut in Marvel’s new release of Dare Devil.

Facebook

Facebook
New York Magazine takes a look at plans for “The Low Line,” a version of the High Line built below ground on Manhattan’s East Side.

Twitter

Twitter
What the High Line hath wrought: The Atlantic examines four similar projects underway in the United States.

Follow the High Line and stay connected.

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Sustain the Entire High Line

Sustain The High Line

Each year, we are responsible for 90% of the High Line’s operating costs. We employ the gardeners who care for the park’s landscape, the maintenance workers who keep the park clean and safe, and the program staff who keep the experience of the High Line rich and dynamic.

But we can only do so with your help. We count on members and friends like you to help us keep the High Line thriving each and every day.

This year, we have twice as much park to care for – including over 100,000 plants – which means that your support is more critical than ever.

If you’re a member, please consider a special contribution now to keep the High Line’s landscape extraordinary. Or, if you’re not a member, please join today.


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SUPPORT
Rail Yards Programs are generously supported by The Tiffany & Co. Foundation, the New York Community Trust—LuEsther T. Mertz Advised Fund, Greenacre Foundation, and, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.

High Line Art Commissions are presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art Commissions are made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr., with additional support from Vital Projects Fund, Inc. This program is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and from the New York State Council on the Arts. In-kind sponsorship for the Landscape with Path series is provided by Edison Properties.

The Trains on Film Series is generously supported by UNIQLO as part of a two-year partnership that supports the ongoing maintenance and operations of the High Line.

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