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Fresh air, an award, and bluegrass music by the Birdhive Boys made for a very good June 16 along the High Line. (Photo by Albert Amateau)

Friends of the High Line Get ‘Cubed’

Published: Friday, August 13, 2010 3:19 PM CDT
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Friends of the High Line had a party on the morning of June 16, and Mayor Bloomberg arrived at the elevated park with a gift for the occasion — the 2010 Doris C. Freedman Award.

The award, named for the late founder of the Public Art Fund and the city’s first Director of Cultural Affairs, honored the Friends for “a contribution to the people of the City of New York that greatly enriches the public environment.”

Friends of the High Line co-founder Joshua David — along with John Alschuler (the group’s board chair) — accepted the award, a miniature model of “Alamo,” better known as the Astor Place cube, made by the sculptor Tony Rosenthal.

Susan K. Freedman, current president of the Public Art Fund and a daughter of Doris C. Freedman, said her mother would have been thrilled to see the mayor applauding Friends of the High Line’s successful efforts “to reinvent this extraordinary piece of the city’s history by creating a unique and inviting public space.”

Neighbors and members of the Friends joined Parks, City Planning, Cultural Affairs Commissioners and Deputy Mayor Patricia Harris at the event that included bluegrass music by the Birdhive Boys (Justin Camer on guitar and Ellery Marshall on banjo).

The Doris C. Freedman Award began in 1982 following Freedman’s death, and has gone to honorees including Olafur Eliasson and the Public Art Fund for the Waterfalls installation and the Greenmarket on its 30th anniversary.

The first third of the High Line — between Gansevoort and 20th Streets — has welcomed 2 million visitors since it opened in June 2009. The second segment (between 20th and 30th Streets) is currently under reconstruction and scheduled to open next spring. The city is also beginning to acquire the last segment of the old rail line that loops around the rail yards from 30th to 34th Streets.

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Updated: Friday, August 13, 2010 2:59 PM CDT