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Arts & Cultural Events


Thursday, May 26, 2016
9 – 10pm
On the lower level of the Diller - von Furstenberg Sundeck on the High Line at West 14th Street

“When the party patio lanterns are lit, something special is about to happen”

When the High Line opened in 2009, Patty Heffley, who had enjoyed decades of privacy in her apartment, suddenly found herself staring face to face with park visitors. She responded by rounding up talented friends and creating an ad-hoc performance series on her fire escape that included music, comedy, burlesque and even a science lecture. The Renegade Cabaret was born and soon became a four-story-high “underground” hit that was written up in the The New York Times and The New Yorker.

While the Renegade Cabaret no longer takes place on her fire escape next to the High Line, Patty and a posse of talent who continue to find odd places to perform, will present you with a goulash of song, comedy and entertainment that was once a staple of New York, namely, spontaneous, rebellious performance.

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Thursday, June 23 –
The Illustrious Blacks

Tuesday, July 26 –


Thursday, August 25 –
Carmelita Tropicana

Thursday, September 22 –
Heartbeat Opera


Patty Heffley, aka Patrice at the Wheel, galloped out of the West to the middle of Gotham to live life as an artist just by being herself. She has no plans to keep her mouth shut.

Co-founder and co-producer Elizabeth Soychak, aka The Lady in the Green Dress, finds performing out of doors photosynthesizing. Her recordings can be found at on cdbaby and iTunes

Mary Foster Conklin, aka The lady in the Red Dress, grew up across the river (New Jersey) and has lived below 14th Street for decades. She loves spontaneous singing in odd places and playing the ukulele, but makes up for it by cursing a lot.

Roger Manning, aka Barefoot Roger, hails from the South (downtown) and enjoys pick’n but not-so-much grin’n and has done plenty of busk’n.

John DiPinto, aka The Man in the Hat, was born in Manhattan, of course. Hatless at birth, he has since amassed a large collection of headgear. An eclectic singer and instrumentalist, he now lives in Brooklyn with two cats who do not wear hats.

Amber the Poet – Amber the fruit and vegetable lady, who throws caution to the wind, sows juicy bon mots and a melange of vegetable tidbits whatever the weather.


Public Programs on the High Line are supported by Altman Foundation. These programs are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Council, under the leadership of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.