Halloween on the High Line: A Family Celebration and an Early Closure
On Sunday, October 31, from 1:00 - 4:00 PM, families are invited to dress in costume and join Friends of the High Line for a free Halloween celebration for all ages on the High Line.
Puppet master Ralph Lee and elementary school students from PS3, PS11, and PS33 have made a giant spider puppet that will lurk in the rafters as kids make spooky animal head dresses, get their faces painted, and square dance to live Appalachian string band music by Cleek Schrey and the High Line Dance Band.
Visit our Event Calendar to learn more.
Due to anticipated crowds associated with the Village Halloween Parade and space limitations on the High Line, the New York City Police Department is requiring the park close at 6:00 PM on Sunday, October 31. The High Line will resume regular park hours (7:00 AM - 10:00 PM) on Monday, November 1.
Construction Update: Viewing Spur Arrives in Section 2
If you are walking near West 26th Street and 10th Avenue, look up. You will notice a new addition to the High Line—the Viewing Spur is starting to take shape. Crews have hoisted the 22-by-11-foot painted steel frame into place, giving us a hint of what will soon be one of Section 2's most dynamic design features.
The Viewing Spur is meant to recall the billboards that were once attached to the structure of the High Line. This frame, though, will enhance views of the High Line and the city, rather than blocking them as the billboards once did.
The Viewing Spur will be surrounded by shrubs and trees, such as Flameleaf sumacs (Rhus copallina), sassafras (Sassafras albidum), and Greenbay magnolias (Magnolia virginiana 'Greenbay'). At the foot of the frame, a platform with wood benches will invite High Line visitors to sit and enjoy views of the neighborhood. Meanwhile, passers-by on the street will look up and see people in the place of advertisements. We think it will be one of the best places for people watching when Section 2 opens next spring.
To learn more about the design of the High Line, please visit our Web site.
Two Special Medals for High Line Co-Founders
Friends of the High Line Co-Founders Joshua David and Robert Hammond were recently recognized by the Rockefeller Foundation and the New York Post with two very special awards.
On Tuesday, October 12, the New York Post presented Joshua and Robert with the Liberty Medals for Lifetime Achievement. The Medals are awarded each year to New York City residents whose accomplishments reflect the very best of New York City.
According to New York Post Editor-in-Chief Col Allan, "Joshua and Robert are the embodiment of our Liberty Medals: with equal parts vision, tenacity and a deep love for their neighborhood and their city. Their work has had a lasting impact on all of us and will for decades." Please read the New York Post article for more information.
On Monday, October 18, the Rockefeller Foundation presented the 2010 Jane Jacobs Medals to Joshua, Robert, and Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, the founding President of the Central Park Conservancy and current President of the Foundation for Landscape Studies. The Foundation awards the Medals each year to recipients whose work "creates new ways of seeing and understanding New York City, challenges traditional assumptions, and creatively uses the urban environment to make New York City a place of hope and expectation."
Watch the video, or read the press release for more information.
Thank you to the New York Post and the Rockefeller Foundation for recognizing Joshua and Robert in this way.
Now On View: Francis Cape, The Other End of the Line
We are pleased to announce that the latest High Line Art Commission presented by Friends of the High Line is now on view on Gansevoort Plaza, under the High Line at the corner of Gansevoort and Washington Streets.
Francis Cape's The Other End of the Line is a major public art installation celebrating the connections and differences between rural and urban New York.
Cape has transported a previously occupied mobile home from Sullivan County, NY to the plaza under the High Line. Visitors are invited to explore the mobile home's interior, which features an exhibition of works by upstate New York artists, selected by Ian Berry, Curator of the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. For more information, please read the press release, or visit our Web site.
The Other End of the Line will be on view until Sunday, November 21. The exhibition is open daily between 2:00 and 8:00 PM on weekdays and 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM on weekends.
This High Line Art Commission 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. Additional support for The Other End of the Line has been provided by The Greenwall Foundation. High Line Art is supported, in part, by 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, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties.
Help Sustain the High Line
To keep the High Line thriving in every season, we depend on the continued support of the High Line's most dedicated supporters.
If you have already made your 2010 membership contribution, please consider a special, additional gift to help us maintain and operate the High Line so that it remains one of the most beautiful public landscapes our city has ever seen.
If you're not yet a member, please join or renew your membership today.
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