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2008 YEAR IN PICTURES & VIDEOS
Construction Photos
Designing the High Line Video, Slideshow, & Publication
Public Program Photos & Videos
2008 Summer Benefit Photos
Design Publication Launch Party Photos
Chefs Dinner at Craftsteak Photos
Founders Circle Cruise on the Highlander
High Line Trust Photos
Best of the Blog Photos & Videos
High Line in the Press

Dear Supporters,

Below are images and videos of the progress you made possible in 2008. If you haven't already done so, we encourage you to make a gift to the Grassroots Campaign. If you make your gift before December 31, Board Member Edward Norton will match your support dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000.

Many thanks for your continued support for the project. We look forward to opening in spring 2009.

Happy Holidays,




CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS


Beginning early in 2008, workers re-installed many of the High Line's rail tracks in their original locations. This began the landscape construction phase, the final stage of the High Line's transformation into a public park, designed by Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Section 1 is scheduled to open in spring 2009.

A worker tightens a bolt on a new railroad tie near the Gansevoort
Street end of the High Line.

Photo by Tim Schenck
Crews install the High Line's electrical system, running conduits under the concrete planks.
Photo by Tim Schenck


A construction worker positions one of the High Line's signature concrete planks. The tapered ends of the planks allow plants to push up between the spaces in the hard surface, blurring the boundary between the pathway and the planting areas.


In the summer, soil was delivered to Section 1 and installed into the planting beds, underneath the railroad tracks. Soil is the top layer of the High Line's multi-layer living-roof system, which functions like a green roof.


In the fall, the High Line's horticulture team began planting thousands of grasses, perennials, shrubs, and trees which make up the High Line's distinct wild landscape.


Working from detailed planting maps created by Dutch planting designer Piet Oudolf, the planting team positions each plant before installing it into the soil.
Photo by Barry Munger


The High Line's wild landscape has begun to take shape near the Gansevoort Woodland area of Section 1.


30,000 flower bulbs, donated by the international Flower Bulb Center in the Netherlands, were planted this fall, in anticipation of a spring opening.
Photo by Barry Munger


Concrete at the 10th Avenue Square was removed so that crews could access the steel beams. The beams themselves were later removed to make way for a ramped seating area, of one of Section 1's most dramatic features.


New, angled steel beams were craned up to the site, to replace the thicker beams at the 10th Avenue Square.


At the corner of Gansevoort and Washington Streets, the High Line's unique "slow stairs" were installed, part of an access point at the High Line's southern end.
Photo by Barry Munger


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DESIGNING THE HIGH LINE VIDEO, SLIDESHOW, & PUBLICATION
Friends of the High Line commissioned this four-minute video to showcase the new design for Sections 1 and 2 of the High Line. This video was made possible by the Trust for Architectural Easements.



We also created this slideshow featuring renderings of the 10th Avenue Square, the Woodland Flyover, and the 30th Street Cutout, as well as recent photos of the High Line's construction.

View Slideshow



We published, Designing the High Line: Gansevoort Street to 30th Street, available for purchase on Amazon.com.

This full-color, 160-page, paperback book presents the comprehensive final design drawings and renderings from Sections 1 and 2, as well as historical photographs, maps, and construction photographs. Book design by Friends of the High Line's Patrick Hazari. Including forewords by James Corner of Field Operations, Ricardo Scofidio of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Mayor Bloomberg, and others.

Purchase Designing the High Line



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PUBLIC PROGRAM PHOTOS & VIDEOS

Middle-school students from Chelsea's Lab School for Collaborative Studies wore special "Chalk Shoes" that they designed and cast, with the help of artist Julia Mandle. The Chalk Shoes performance was a collaborative performance art piece, using the shoes to draw lines along the sidewalks of Chelsea, leading the way to the High Line's future access points. Below, a short film we made about the project:




Middle school students at Chelsea's Lab School for Collaborative Studies present their design for a one-block section of the High Line.


We produced a short introduction to the history of the High Line, narrated by actor Ethan Hawke. The video features historic photography, from the days of Death Avenue in the 1800s, through the High Line's construction and decline, ending with Friends of the High Line's preservation efforts. The video was made possible by the Trust for Architectural Easements.

Visit the High Line YouTube page for more videos



High Line supporters sketch on the High Line's rail yards section, as part of this spring's High Line Sketching Classes.


In July, High Line supporters paddled the Bronx River in canoes, as part of a program co-sponsored by the Bronx River Alliance.


In October, more than 800 members of the public were allowed to tour the rail yards section of the High Line, usually closed to the public. The tours were part of Open House New York weekend, an annual series of events opening sites of architectural and historical interest that are usually closed to the public. Open House New York is our most popular community event—tour attendees were chosen by lottery from an entry pool of more than 4,000.





More than 200 people rallied in favor of preserving the entire High Line, including the Spur over 10th Avenue. Supporters wore red "Save the Spur" T-shirts and held signs during a presentation by The Related Companies, the designated developer at the rail yards.


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2008 SUMMER BENEFIT PHOTOS
This year's Summer Benefit, held at IAC and David Zwirner Gallery, was our most successful ever.
2008 Summer Benefit Chair Lisamaria Falcone, with Philip Falcone.
Hermine Riegerl Heller and David Heller (left) and Mike and Sukey Novogratz (right) were honored at this year's benefit. The Hellers and the Novogratzes made a major gift to the High Line, to fund the 10th Avenue Square, one of Section 1's most exciting features.


Benefit attendees from left to right: Anne Pasternak, James Corner, Karen Ackman, Bill Ackman, and FHL Co-Founder Joshua David.


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DESIGN PUBLICATION LAUNCH PARTY PHOTOS

High Line supporters celebrated the publication of Designing the High Line: Gansevoort Street to 30th Street in July at a party under the High Line.


Michael Aranella and his Dreamland Orchestra provided the entertainment in the form of 1920's jazz for the outdoor party.

View party photos taken by Jeffery Donenfeld, one of our High Line volunteers.



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CHEFS DINNER AT CRAFTSTEAK PHOTOS

Neighborhood chefs including Mario Batali, Tom Colicchio, and Masaharu Morimoto participated in the second annual High Line Chefs Dinner at Craftsteak, benefiting Friends of the High Line.

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FOUNDERS CIRCLE CRUISE ON THE HIGHLANDER

On September 16, Charter Members who had joined at the Founders Circle Level were invited to sail aboard The Highlander, the Forbes family yacht. Guests viewed Olafur Eliasson's The New York City Waterfalls, which were illuminated on this beautiful fall evening. Special thanks to Christopher Forbes for making this such a special occasion. We hope all Founders Circle Members will renew their their membership this spring, to be invited to other great events in the coming year.

Click here for more information on becoming a Charter Member.



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HIGH LINE TRUST PHOTOS

Members of the High Line Trust enjoyed cocktails at Diane von Furstenberg's studio in the Meatpacking District. Guests included FHL Co-Founder Joshua David, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and artist Ruth Ro.


Barry Diller (High Line Trust Co-Chair), Dan Doctoroff, and Diane von Furstenberg (High Line Trust Co-Chair) at the High Line Trust event.


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BEST OF THE BLOG PHOTOS & VIDEOS
This year we launched our blog, here are three of our favorite posts:

:: Whitney Designs Revealed




:: David Beckham Bares All for the High Line




:: Pat Benatar Rocks the Line





Visit the High Line Blog



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THE HIGH LINE IN THE PRESS
The High Line was in the news a lot this year. Here are some of the highlights:

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CONTACT INFORMATION


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