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Teen Night: Look Back At It!

By Quinton D. Knight | June 29, 2017

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” -Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher

Time travel with us on July 12 from 6 – 9 pm as we “look back” at the history of New York from the 60s to today — all on the High Line! We, the Teen Arts and Culture Council (TACC), thought about how we find inspiration for the future in our past and wanted to express that at our first Teen Night of the year.

“Look Back At It” sets out to celebrate the culture of today that young people have built while embracing the culture of the past that inspires us every day. With this, we hope to bring the beautiful teens of New York City together for an evening of good vibes and unforgettable experiences, which include music by DJ Taela Naomi and dance performances by A.V.O Boyz, Journey, and more. Compete in our dance-off competition and learn how our current moves have roots in the past. Enjoy pizza, a New York staple, and get here early to try the chocolate fountain!

Last year, TACC successfully hosted its first events in the largest event space on the High Line, the Chelsea Market Passage. These events included outstanding community partners like Global Action Project, The Door, and Museum of Impact, as well as underground superstars like Manchado. With hundreds of teens coming out to each event to celebrate imagination, self-expression, art, and activism, the High Line has created an outlet for teens across the city.

You can find us by entering the High Line at the 14th St. and 10th Ave. entrance. Take the stairs or the lime-green elevator to get on our level.

We hope to see you there! Also, save the date for the upcoming TACC artivist summit, “A Different World,” on August 3 from 5 – 9 pm.


High Line Youth—part of High Line Community Engagement—is generously supported by Ford Foundation. Additional funding is provided by The Palette Fund. The High Line Teen Arts & Culture Council is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council—with special thanks to Council Member Corey Johnson.