Friends of the High Line
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Thank you for making 2013 an incredible year for the High Line. As we look back at this year of special moments, we are so grateful to all of our friends and supporters.

We've gathered together some of our favorite images and stories from this extraordinary year, a handful of which we've included below. To see the rest, please visit our blog.

Best wishes for a happy new year from all of us at Friends of the High Line.

West African artist El Anatsui's monumental sculpture Broken Bridge II awed visitors at West 21st and 22nd Streets from November 2012 to November 2013. The shimmering wall of recycled pressed tin and mirrors measured 37 feet high by 157 feet wide, making it Anatsui's largest work to date. To learn more about the sculpture and its installation, watch Art21's fantastic video.

Each March, we trim back the High Line's plants to make room for new growth. Called Spring Cutback, this massive horticulture task entails trimming more than 100,000 plants. With the help of our dedicated volunteers, we were able to complete this year's Cutback in just four weeks – a record.

The amazing teens in our Green Corps were among the dedicated staff who made this effort possible.

In July, we partnered with J.Crew to launch a special new collection celebrating the High Line. A few of our friends came by the High Line to try on the linen tees, vintage sweatshirts, and adorable children's clothes in the park that inspired them.

Renowned urban strategists Enrique Peñalosa and Majora Carter joined us for a July 15 panel discussion on building and sustaining equality in public open space. The discussion was part of "Beyond the High Line," a series of free talks to educate and inspire conversation about the transformation of the country's out-of-use industrial infrastructure into public open space. See videos of all our Beyond the High Line talks.

Our friends at Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm returned for this year’s Honey Day, bringing an observational beehive to teach our youngest visitors about the industrious honeybee. Tastings, activities, special honey-infused treats from our High Line Food vendors left visitors with sweet memories.

We welcomed more than 275 teens to our first High Line Teen Night on July 18. The High Line Teen Arts Council produced the event, and followed up this success with another popular Teen Night in August.

Artist Carol Bove has created a site-specific installation in the High Line at the Rail Yards, the undeveloped third section of the High Line north of West 30th Street. Caterpillar, Bove's seven-sculpture installation, has been on view since mid-May. Visitors can sign up for free walks to take in the art and the stunning views of the Hudson River.

The interplay of Bove's sculptures with the still-wild vegetation of the rail yards has inspired a good deal of gorgeous photography, such as this beautiful image. Caterpillar will be on view until May of 2014.

Construction crews have been making great strides preparing the rail yards – the third and final section of the High Line – which will open in late 2014. This photograph looks east along 30th Street, and offers a glimpse at the pavers that make up our walkway. See more photographs of the rail yards.

See the rest of the images on our blog.

Friends of the High Line
529 West 20th Street, Suite 8W
New York, NY 10011
(212) 206-9922

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The High Line is managed by a partnership between Friends of the High Line and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation

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