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FHL E-Mail Newsletter
December 13, 2007

IN THIS ISSUE
Art on the High Line: An Installation by Spencer Finch, Coming in 2008
Jobs at Friends of the High Line: Now Hiring for Five Positions
New on Rail Yards Blog
Give Friends of the High Line Charter Membership for the Holidays


ART ON THE HIGH LINE: AN INSTALLATION BY SPENCER FINCH, COMING IN 2008

Friends of the High Line, Creative Time, and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation are pleased to announce a special installation by Spencer Finch in the Chelsea Market space on the High Line. The space is a semi-enclosed former loading dock between 15th and 16th Streets, where the High Line runs through the Chelsea Market building.

Finch will transform an existing series of windows with 700 individually crafted panes of glass representing the water conditions on the Hudson River over a period of 700 minutes on a single day. To create the project, Finch will photograph a floating object as it moves through the landscape of the Hudson River, beginning upriver and following it as it flows down to New York City. After the 700 moments (11 hours 40 minutes) have been recorded, the artist will carefully match each unique image to a pane of glass.

Finch's installation is called "The River That Flows Both Ways." The title of this work comes from the original Native American word for the Hudson River, Muhheakantuck.

Spencer Finch now has an exhibition at MassMOCA called "What Time is it on the Sun?" The exhibition will run through spring 2008, and the book is available on Amazon.com.

The art installation on the High Line is expected to open in conjunction with the first section of the High Line (Gansevoort Street 20th Street) in fall 2008. It will be the inaugural commission, launching an ongoing public art program on the High Line.

This installation is made possible by a generous grant from the Rockefeller Foundation's New York City Cultural Innovation Fund. Friends of the High Line and Creative Time were one of sixteen recipients for these grants which were given to cultural initiatives that exemplify the creative vitality of New York. Many thanks to the Rockefeller Foundation for the support of this project and congratulations to the other award recipients.

Read the Press Release from the Rockefeller Foundation



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JOBS AT FRIENDS OF THE HIGH LINE: NOW HIRING FOR FIVE POSITIONS
As we prepare for the opening of the High Line in fall 2008, Friends of the High Line will be expanding our staff. We are now hiring for five positions. Two of them, the Director of Horticulture and Chief of Park Operations, will be directly involved with the management of the park. The Development Assistant and Foundation and Corporate Relations Associate will work in the development department. For application instructions, please read the job descriptions, below.

No phone calls, please.

  • CHIEF OF PARK OPERATIONS
    The Chief of Park Operations is a key leadership position in the future management of the High Line. The Chief of Parks Operations will be responsible for both the initial development of park management protocols and, subsequently, the ongoing management all aspects of park operations on the High Line, including general maintenance, technical support for public programs, facility management, property management, fleet management, and public safety, and will collaborate with the Director of Horticulture on the maintenance of all plantings. The Chief will be responsible for both daily operations, as well as long-term planning for future operational needs for the park.

    View the complete job description



  • DIRECTOR OF HORTICULTURE
    The Director of Horticulture will be responsible for the maintenance of all plantings on the High Line. The plantings for the High Line have been designed by internationally-renowned planting designer Piet Oudolf, in collaboration with the High Line design team, led by landscape architects Field Operations and architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The Director of Horticulture will be expected to take a leadership role in the initial establishment of the plantings during the capital project. The Director of Horticulture will also be responsible for building a Horticulture Department for the High Line, including building the initial horticulture staff and developing protocols for ongoing maintenance and care.

    View the complete job description



  • PLANNING AND DESIGN FELLOW
    FHL seeks an individual with demonstrated interest and experience in architecture, design, and urban planning to work with the Director of Planning on various projects related to the planning, design, and future operation of the High Line. Depending on individual qualifications, responsibilities may include producing presentation and exhibition materials, reviewing design and development proposals, and reviewing construction submittals. The position will be a 6- to 9-month paid fellowship beginning in early 2008.

    View the complete job description



  • FOUNDATION AND CORPORATE RELATIONS ASSOCIATE
    The Foundation and Corporate Relations Associate will plan and prepare funding requests to appeal to foundations, corporations, and grant-making organizations. The Associate reports to and works closely with the Chief Development Officer. Responsibilities include establishing and maintaining personal contact and relationships with foundation and corporate program officers, writing, assembling, and submitting foundation, corporate, and government funding requests, managing prospect research process and preparing detailed prospect profiles, and overseeing timely delivery of corporate and foundation benefits and recognition, among other tasks.

    View the complete job description



  • DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT
    The Development Assistant's primary responsibilities include gift processing, maintaining donor records, and creating and running donor and campaign progress reports for Board and committee members. Other duties include accurate and timely entry and maintenance of all donor data, producing reports, queries, exports, and mail merges as needed, maintaining organized, up-to-date donor files, assisting with donor mailings, scheduling and coordinate campaign committee meetings, and other tasks. The Development Assistant reports to the Chief Development Officer and works closely with the Development Associates to support the capital campaign and annual operating fundraising efforts.

    View the complete job description



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NEW ON RAIL YARDS BLOG

Friends of the High Line recently launched a new Rail Yards Blog, a resource for news, background and dialogue about the West Side Rail Yards. It will be updated daily. This week on the Rail Yards Blog:

- Plans Aired to the Community at the Hudson Guild: an overview of Monday, December 10's presentation of the rail yards proposals.

- Five Questions for Five Developers: we are preparing a set of five questions to ask each developer about their proposal for the rail yards site.

- Media Round Up: Recent news about the rail yards from New York Magazine, the New York Observer, Chelsea Now and Atlantic Yards Report.

- A short video by intothebox.tv is a fun and quirky primer on the rail yards site.


www.railyardsblog.wordpress.com



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GIVE FRIENDS OF THE HIGH LINE CHARTER MEMBERSHIP FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Our rail yards advocacy will continue because of the generous support of our Charter Members. Charter Membership to Friends of the High Line makes a great gift this holiday season. With the High Line opening in less than 12 months, your membership will help us continue our work to save the High Line at the rail yards, and will help us ensure the park below 30th Street 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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CONTACT INFORMATION


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(212) 206-9922
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