We at the High Line have been watching as the compounding natural and un-natural disasters of the last few weeks have unfolded in Puerto Rico and Mexico. As many of our staff, partners, and the artists and neighbors we work with day in and day out have roots and family in the Caribbean and Latin America, we feel deeply the importance of sharing our support with Puerto Rico and Mexico at this moment. The Puerto Rican, Mexican, and Latinx communities have been an integral defining part of the neighborhoods surrounding the High Line, and their history is an essential part of ours.
The High Line is hosting three events in October that will provide an opportunity for visitors and neighbors to support the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and Mexico. After the devastation of Hurricane Maria, the approximately 3.5 million residents of Puerto Rico are facing months of recovery without power, destroyed crops, and dwindling access to water, food, and fuel; and residents of Mexico City and those throughout the countryside are still reeling from the destruction wrought by the earthquake on September 19, 2017 and the deaths of over 300 people across the country.
We would not be able to do any of our work here at the High Line without the support of our families, friends, and larger communities, and hope that you will join us in helping them through the daunting weeks and months of recovery ahead.
Events on the High Line are always free and open to the public, but on the occasion of these three events, we ask visitors to donate to the recovery efforts for Puerto Rico and Mexico in any way you are able.
Financial donations can be made via the registration pages for each event below. Proceeds from ¡Arriba! will go to Topos México and the Defend Puerto Rico Hurricane Fund; proceeds from the Reanimadores concert and A Party Called Rosie Perez will go to the Defend Puerto Rico Hurricane fund. If you are unable to attend the event, you are still able to contribute through the registration page.
Donations of goods for recovery efforts for Puerto Rico will be accepted on site at all three events. Recommended items include diapers for babies and the elderly, baby wipes, baby formula, powdered milk, and baby food; flashlights, batteries, insect repellent, can openers, candles, and matches; toiletries, feminine products, and First Aid supplies; crackers, dried fruit, nuts, granola bars, canned goods, instant noodles, and rice. Goods will be dropped off and donated through El Puente.
Thank you, from all of us at the High Line, for your generosity.
Monday, October 2, 2017
6 – 8 pm
On the High Line at 30th St.
A music performance as part of Radamés "Juni" Figueroa's piece " La Deliciosa Show" by Puerto Rican band Reanimadores.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
6 – 9 pm
On the High Line at 16th St.
Friends of the High Line is pleased to partner with HAI and Hudson Guild to host some of New York City's best Latin bands on the High Line, transforming the park into an open-air dance floor at sunset.
A Party Called Rosie Perez
Presented as part of Radames "Juni" Figueroa's installation La Deliciosa Show
Friday, October 20, 2017
7 – 10 pm
On the High Line at 30th St. and 10th Ave.
A dance party as part of Radamés "Juni" Figueroa's piece "La Deliciosa Show," hosted by DJs SUCE (Sucio Smash), Laylo, and Christian Mártir, accompanied by Herbal medicine-making with Casitas Wisdom.
Defend Puerto Rico Hurricane Fund is committed to providing support to low income communities and communities of color, for which they have partnered with local community-based organizations in Puerto Rico Taller Salud, COPI (La Corporación Piñones Se Integra), and Nuestra Escuela to deliver goods and services.
Topos México is a nonprofit rescue brigade made up of volunteers that was created after a 1985 earthquake. For three decades, they have helped with relief efforts in Mexico and around the world.
El Puente is a community human rights institution that promotes leadership for peace and justice through the engagement of members (youth and adult) in the arts, education, scientific research, wellness and environmental action.
We are proud to partner with many of our neighbors and friends who have been committed to work serving local Puerto Rican and Mexican communities for decades, work that has only increased these past few weeks. These partners include El Puente, Fulton Youth of the Future, Hudson Guild, Teatro Círculo, The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), The Loisaida Center. and the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York.