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Friends of the High Line Newsletter

October 18, 2011

We’re Published! Our New Book Is Now Available

The Porch

Our new book, High Line: The Inside Story of New York City’s Park in the Sky is available in a local bookstore near you.

Find 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.” This is the first comprehensive book on the High Line. It features more than 200 vivid images documenting the history of the High Line and its transformation into a public park. It also features a candid narrative written by Friends of the High Line Co-Founders Joshua David and Robert Hammond that tells the story of how a crazy idea in 1999 became a reality in ten years.

If you purchase the book from the High Line Web Shop, 100% of the proceeds go toward the maintenance and operations of the park.

You can also pick up a copy at your local bookstore or order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, and other online retailers. A portion of the proceeds will help us keep the park clean, safe, and vibrant throughout the year.


High Line Talks: 92YTriBeCa, 192 Books, Harvard, Parsons, and More

The Porch

In the coming weeks, we hope you will join us for one of the public talks and readings, where you can meet Friends of the High Line Co-Founders Joshua David and Robert Hammond, and listen to them read from book and speak about the High Line.

The first talk will take place at 92YTriBeCa on Friday, October 28 at 12:00 PM.


We hope you can join us at one of the events. Visit our Web site to see a full schedule.


Introducing Cecilia Alemani, Our New High Line Art Curator and Director

The Porch

We are pleased to introduce you to Cecilia Alemani, who will soon join our team as the Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Curator and Director of High Line Art at Friends of the High Line. A distinguished independent curator and writer with international experience at museums, foundations, non-profit organizations, and cultural institutions, Cecilia will be working to structure the High Line Art program with new public art commissions, collaborations, and events.

Read more about Cecilia and her role at the High Line.


Friends of the High Line Is Hiring

We are now accepting applications for four full-time positions at Friends of the High Line.

Human Resources Manager

Manager of Foundation and Government Support

Vice President of Park Operations

To apply for a position, please submit a cover letter and resume to the e-mail address provided in the job description.


Upcoming Events and Happenings

The recent presentations by Rick Darke and Robert Hammond are now online. Watch the videos to learn more about the past, present, and future of the High Line at the West Side Rail Yards.

The High Line is featured in Urbanized, the new documentary about the impact of urban design on city living. Screenings are scheduled across the United States, and the next screenings in New York City begin on Friday, October 28 at the IFC. Tickets for the IFC screenings go on sale next week.

The High Line gardeners expect the planting beds will reach their peak next week. Read more about fall on the High Line, and don’t forget to upload your fall foliage photos to the High Line Flickr Pool.

On the High Line at West 16th Street, Blue Bottle Coffee is now serving this favorite fall drink made with Mast Brothers Chocolate from Brooklyn. Learn more.

Opening a few days before Halloween, Sue De Beer’s new interactive public art installation on the High Line induces haunted feelings through infrasound. Learn more.

Families are invited to join us on Sunday, October 30 at 12:00 PM for the first-ever Halloween parade on the High Line. Learn more.

The High Line will be closing at 6:00 PM on Monday, October 31 due to anticipated crowds related to the Village Halloween Parade. Learn more.

This year, UNIQLO brought us the High Line Rink and supported the Trains on Film Series. Show our partners some love and stop by their new flagship store at 666 Fifth Avenue, which just opened last week. Learn more.


Best of the Blog, Facebook, and Twitter

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


High Line Blog
We are building a compost program at the High Line.


New photos from Play With Your Food, a weekly drop-in program for kids to make healthy snacks with the High Line Food vendors.


In this new video, BBC News takes a look at New York City’s park in the sky.

Follow the High Line and stay connected.


Give Monthly: Become a Highliner

Sustain The High Line

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 special recognition in member listings, a subscription to our seasonal newsletter, and our High Line member tote when you join before 12/31!

Make your pledge and become a Highliner today!

Not ready to give monthly? Your special support of the High Line is also greatly appreciated.

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Images, from top to bottom: Cover Design by Pentagram and Image by Iwan Baan, Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Jeffrey Donenfeld, Tom Medwell, Tim Schenck

High Line Art is 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. 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.

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

Educational and family programs on the High Line are made possible by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, with additional support from The Altman Foundation; The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston; The Concordia Foundation; and The Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation.

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