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2007 in Pictures
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With Section 1 projected to open in less than a year, we need your support more than ever.

Please consider becoming a Charter Member of Friends of the High Line. If you're already a member or cannot join at this time, please consider a year-end gift.

The funds we raise from now until the park's opening will be used to pay for gardeners, maintenance staff, security patrols, programming, and other park needs.




Workers remove a layer of concrete from the High Line. This year, construction began on Section 2 of the High Line (20th to 30th Streets). This section is projected to open to the public in 2009, a year after Section 1.

A containment unit wraps the High Line at 14th Street. Workers sandblasted the structure to remove lead paint, then repainted the steel. This work was part of the site preparation phase of construction, which was completed on Section 1 and is now beginning on Section 2.

At the future site of an access point at Gansevoort Street. Two steel beams were removed from the center of the structure to allow stairs to rise from street level, cutting through the structure.

Starting from the High Line's southern end, workers lay concrete planks, part of the new landscape atop the High Line. Planting will begin in spring 2008.

Public Programming

Volunteers used wheat-paste to mount portraits of High Line supporters onto construction fencing in the High Line neighborhood, as part of the High Line Portrait Project, made possible by Fujifilm. The project celebrated the High Line community as we prepare for opening in 2008.

View the Portrait Project Web Site

Watch the Portrait Project Video

More than 700 members of the public toured the High Line's northern, rail yards section as part of the 2007 Open House New York weekend. This was the first time the High Line has been open to the public, and more than 5,000 people responded to the announcement about the tours.

Students display design boards as part of a High Line class at the Lab School for Collaborative Studies, a public school in Chelsea. The High Line's education curriculum has been incorporated into all sixth- and seventh grade classrooms at the Lab School. 2007 was the seventh year of the High Line education program, and it was made possible by the New York City Council and Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, the Altman Foundation, the Johnson Family Foundation, the LuEsther T. Mertz Advised Fund, the National Architecctural Trust, and the Arnold and Marie Schwartz Fund.

The 2007 Kitchen High Line Block Party brought more than 7,000 people out to West 19th Street, under the High Line. This quirky family street fair, co-produced with the Kitchen, featured free crafts booths and actvities led by dozens of artists and performers.

2007 Summer Benefit

The Green Room in the David Zwirner Gallery, at our Seventh Annual Summer Benefit, in June.

Photographer Tom Kletecka snaps a portrait of High Line supporter Joelle Resnick in front of the High Line backdrop. Cocktails and the Highliners afterparty were held at the new Frank Gehry- designed IAC building.

The Summer Benefit honored Founding Board Member Phillip Aarons and Shelley Fox Aarons, pictured here with Lisamaria Falcone and Co-Founders Joshua David and Robert Hammond.

Deborah Needleman, Editor-in-Chief of domino Magazine (one of the Benefit sponsors) models the High Line umbrella, designed by Kent Henricksen.

Barbed wire adorns the centerpiece in one of the dining rooms at the David Zwirner gallery. Some guests complained that this was dangerous, but it was our favorite part of the décor.

Chef's Dinner at Craftsteak

The High Line Chefs Dinner at Craftsteak, another benefit dinner in September.
A special tasting menu was created for the dinner by leading neighborhood chefs. From left to right, FHL Co-Founder Robert Hammond, Tom Colicchio, Masaharu Morimoto, Erica Leahy, Mario Batali, Alex Raij, Shane McBride, Marc Meyer, Jimmy Bradley, FHL Co-Founder Joshua David. Thanks to Moët Hennessy USA, the Related Companies, Craftsteak, and all of the chefs and restaurants who participated for making the evening possible.

The High Line at the Rail Yards

We continue to advocate for the preservation of the entire historic High Line at the West Side Rail Yards. One-third of the High Line runs through this site, and there is still a possibility that it some of it may be demolished, depending on a planning process between the MTA and private developers.

For more information about the High Line at the rail yards, please visit the Rail Yards Blog. We began this blog because we noticed a void in information about this major Manhattan site. While we are primarily concerned with the treatment of the High Line at the rail yards, we are also dedicated to making sure the planning process is as inclusive, transparent, and community-oriented as possible.

Visit the Rail Yards Blog

Read and comment on our "Six Principles for the High Line at the Rail Yards."


The High Line was in the news a lot this year, from May's cover story in New York Magazine to a two-page spread in the New York Post to hundreds of posts on real estate and design blogs, including our favorite post and new slogan, from Curbed: "You don't want to see a rusty bitch scorned." Here are some of the highlights:

The High Line: It Brings Good Things to Life: New York Magazine, May 1

The Charming Gadfly who Saved the High Line: New York Times, May 13

Taking a Sneak Peek at the High Line: New York Times City Room blog, October 8

It's One El of a Park: New York Post, November 20

High Line Should be Part of Hudson Yards (Editorial): Chelsea Now, November 30

Hey, Hudson Yards: the High Line is Watching You: Curbed.com, December 13


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.

    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

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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