Construction Update: Seating Steps and 23rd Street Lawn
Crews have finished rolling out the sod on what will be the High Line's first lawn–a 4,900 square foot swath of inviting turf in Section 2.
The Lawn is located between West 22nd and West 23rd Streets, where the High Line opens up to a wider area that once housed an extra track that served a loading deck for the adjacent warehouse.
In recent weeks, the High Line's contractors have installed sod in this central gathering spot. The sod is comprised of a mix of varied grasses that is more tolerant of heavy use, foot traffic, heat, and shade than a typical lawn.
When Section 2 opens in the spring, visitors will find that the Lawn "peels-up" at the northern end, offering an elevated vantage point from which to view the city skyline to the east, and the Hudson River to the west.
Check out more photos on our blog, or visit our Web site for renderings and more information about Section 2's design.
Web Shop Holiday Sale: 20% off Everything
The High Line Web Shop is a great place to find holiday gifts. Browse our collection of t-shirts, posters, books, plant guides, and other special items.
Here are few of our favorites:
Blue High Line T-Shirt Brand new to the Web Shop, our popular High Line logo t-shirts are now available in navy blue
High Line Bracelet Created exclusively for us by jewelry designer Catherine M. Zadeh, these bracelets for both men and women feature our signature "H" logo in solid sterling silver
The Curious Garden Inspired by the High Line, Peter Brown takes you on an illustrated adventure about a young boy who creates a hidden garden atop an abandoned railroad structure
Use the code HOLIDAY2010 when you checkout before December 31, and receive 20% off of your entire order.
All proceeds from High Line Web Shop sales support the ongoing maintenance and operations of the High Line. We offer free shipping for all domestic orders over $50. Order gifts by December 16 for guaranteed ground delivery by Christmas.
New Public Art Coming to the High Line in Spring, 2011
Photo of the 1971 premiere of Roof Piece. This spring, the Trisha Brown Company will recreate the celebrated dancer's piece on rooftops adjacent to the High Line.
As featured in today's Art Newspaper, we are preparing for a busy spring. In addition to the opening of Section 2 and the second anniversary of Section 1's opening, we will debut a series of new High Line Art commissions, including installation, sound, and performance pieces by Kim Beck, Julianne Swartz, and the Trisha Brown Company, among others.
Read the press release, or learn more on the Public Art section of our Web site.
High Line Art is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and is made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr.; The Rockefeller Foundation's New York City Cultural Innovation Fund; The Greenwall Foundation; the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation; Vital Projects Fund, Inc.; and 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.
December 11: Furry Flurry: Urban Animals in Winter
Families–join us this Saturday at 10:00 AM for free storytelling, crafts, and a winter scavenger hunt on the High Line. The fun starts at Posman Books, where we will help kids create animal ears and paws out of cotton hats and gloves, give a special reading of Peter Brown's A Curious Garden, and more. Then we will venture up to the High Line, where kids will hunt for clues as to how the furry and feathered live out their winters in New York City.
Visit our Event Calendar for details.
December 11 and 16:
Special Holiday Performances with Gay Men's Chorus and NYC Lab School
We are pleased to present two free open-air musical performances on the High Line in the coming weeks. Join us Saturday, December 11, at 2:00 or 2:30 PM for Sing Your Brass Off, a special holiday performance and sing-along with members of the New York City Gay Men's Chorus. Take part in festive songs like, "Joy to the World," "Frosty the Snowman," "Winter Wonderland," and more.
Then, at 6:00 PM on Thursday, December 16, enjoy Carols and Cocoa with the NYC Lab School, a holiday concert from the NYC Lab School Chorus. The group will sing a mix of carols and holiday classics such as "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Winter Wonderland."
Hot chocolate and sweets from Organicoa and grilled cheese and soup from Milk Truck will be available for purchase.
Visit our Event Calendar for details.
Coming Soon: Snow Sculpture Competition on the High Line
The first big snowfall of the season may be just around the corner. When it happens, grab your hat and mittens, and bring your creativity to the High Line for a snow sculpture competition.
Details will be announced in advance of the competition on our Web site and e-Newsletter. Stay tuned!
Reminder: Winter Hours Are Now in Effect on the High Line
Winter hours are now in effect on the High Line. The park will be open daily from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM through the duration of the winter. Please check our Web site regularly for updates about park conditions and hours of operation during snow storms and icy conditions.
Rag & Bone Donates Winter Gear to High Line Staff
We would like to extend a special thank you to Rag & Bone, which recently donated custom-designed waterproof coats and vests to help our Maintenance & Operations staff get through the long, cold winter months. Thank you, Rag & Bone, for this generous gift.
Top Online Stories
Here's a collection of the past few weeks' most popular stories from the High Line Blog, Facebook, and Twitter.
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The American Composer's Orchestra selected a High Line-inspired composition as the winning entry for its "A Greener New York City" competition.
The High Line had a cameo on a recent episode of "Family Guy."
The season's first snow dusted the High Line: http://twitpic.com/3dhu5o
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High Line at the Rail Yards Matching Gift Challenge
We founded Friends of the High Line with one goal: preserve the entire historic structure and open it to the public. With Section 2 scheduled to debut this spring, we're closer than ever to making that happen. But the future of one-third of the structure–the High Line at the rail yards–still remains uncertain.
That's why we are thrilled to announce a special opportunity for you to double the impact of your support, and help preserve this iconic section of the High Line. When you give by December 31, your gift to support our rail yards efforts will be matched dollar-for-dollar, to help complete a generous challenge from The New York Community Trust–LuEsther T. Mertz Advised Fund.
Thank you for protecting the High Line–and for creating the remarkable park that stands today!