High Line followers gathered on Friday, January 25 at Hector's Cafe for lunch with the staff of Friends of the High Line. Located directly under the High Line on Washington Street, Hector's has been a Meatpacking District fixture since 1962 and caters primarily to the meatpackers and truck drivers that make up the early- to mid-morning neighborhood workforce. It's also a huge favorite around our office.
The lunch gave High Line supporters an opportunity to chat with our staff and ask questions about the project in an informal setting. We know it can be a little intimidating to pose questions to our design team in front of a packed house at a community input forum , so it's nice for our staff to talk to people in a relaxed atmosphere where we can get into deeper discussions on specific issues. At my table, we had lively conversations about dogs on the High Line, the security measures being taken to make the park safe, and the kind of concessions that will be available on the High Line when it opens.
Some of the supporters who attended the Hector's lunch work in the neighborhood and have been watching High Line construction progress over the past year and a half, and others were fairly new to the project and didn't know much at all. It was also fantastic to see so many new Friends of the High Line members  in attendance.
We hope to make this a regular thing, so keep an eye on our e-newsletter  for future Hector's lunch invites. You can also check out an interview  with Hector's manager Nick Kapelonis.