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Friends of the High Line Newsletter

FRIENDS OF THE HIGH LINE
August 11, 2011

New Video Tour of the New Section of the High Line

Rainbow City

Architect Magazine has released a new video tour of the new section of the High Line. The video features beautiful shots of the park's design features, planting areas, and visitors, as well as commentary from Co-Founder Robert Hammond, the High Line Design Team, and City Planning Commission Chair Amanda Burden.

Watch the video

 

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High Line Rink Is Open - Come Skate Before It Closes in September

The Porch, a New Open-Air Café on the High Line 

The High Line Rink - Made for All by UNIQLO is now open, with weekly group skate lessons, sunset skate sessions, adults-only skate nights, and more.

Watch a video and view photos from the opening on Thursday, July 28.

Music at the High Line Rink includes soundtracks and rollerskating DJs spinning disco, techno, and Top 40 hits. This week, DJ Robert “Big Bob” Clayton will be spinning during the adult skate on Saturday, from 7:30 to 11:00 PM.

The High Line Rink is open daily through Sunday, September 25. Visit our Web site for a schedule of theme nights and information about hours, pricing, special events, and more.

SUPPORT

The High Line Rink is presented by Japanese clothing retailer UNIQLO as part of a two-year partnership that supports the ongoing maintenance and operations of the High Line.

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Now on View: Robert Adams at the High Line

The Porch, a New Open-Air Café on the High Line 

Robert Adams’ Nebraska State Highway 2, Box Butte County is now on view on a 25-by-75 foot billboard adjacent to the High Line at West 18th Street.

Originally shot in 1978 as part of a survey of the American West, Adams’ photograph shows a quiet country road – devoid of cars or any other human presence – where the gathering of cottonwood leaves in the foreground is the sole activity.

The image is the second installment in Landscape with Path, a three-part series of large-scale photographs selected by Joel Sternfeld and presented on the billboard. Adams’ photograph will remain on view until Tuesday, August 31, 2011.

SUPPORT
This High Line Art Commission is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art Commissions are made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr. This program is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts.  

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Coffee, Ice Cream, Popsicles, Sandwiches, and More on the High Line

Rainbow City

This summer, we are partnering with six vendors to offer food and beverage concessions on the High Line that are as unique and interesting as the park itself.

Each day of the week, visitors will find the following food vendors on the High Line:

The food vendors were selected through an open, competitive process as part of High Line Food, a program that connects the park and its visitors with the region’s sustainable farms and food purveyors. Hours of operation vary by vendor. Visit our Web site for a schedule, locations, and more information

 

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Wild Summer Grass Brings New Smells to the High Line

The Porch, a New Open-Air Café on the High Line

Summer is one of the most beautiful times on the High Line, when the park’s planting beds are filled with bright flowers and lush grasses. It is also the time of year when our gardeners and maintenance staff are routinely asked by park visitors, “What is that peculiar smell?”

Prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis), the feathery perennial grass pictured at the top of this photograph produces a unique fragrance in the late summer, when the clusters of small flowers on the plant's stems turn golden brown. The scent is most prominent in the Chelsea Grasslands, on the High Line between West 17th and West 20th Streets. We’ve heard people compare it to cilantro, coriander, honey, popcorn, cleaning chemicals, and more.

If you are interested in learning more about the plants on the High Line, grab a copy of our Spring / Summer Plant Guide. Through photographs and maps, you'll be able to identify some of the High Line's most popular plants, learn their origins, and how to grow them.

 

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August 11: ¡Arriba! Latin Music and Dance on the High Line

The Porch, a New Open-Air Café on the High Line

Join us for an evening of live music and Latin dancing under the stars. ¡Arriba! takes place every Thursday in August, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on the High Line under The Standard, New York. In the case of rain, it moves to the Chelsea Market Passage.

Tonight, Liliana Araújo and her ensemble band will perform Brazilian forró.

This High Line Program is free and open to visitors of all ages. No RSVP required. Visit our Event Calendar for details.

SUPPORT
Performances on the High Line are generously supported by The Philip & Janice Levin Foundation.

 

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August 16: Silly Stories and City Stories with the New York Public Library

Rainbow City

Families, join us on Tuesday, August 16 at 10:00 AM for Silly Stories and City Stories with the New York Public Library.

Listen to professional storytellers and local librarians share lively, interactive, and funny tales between 10:00 and 11:00 AM, and then play with bubbles and blocks from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

This High Line Program is free and open to kids ages of all ages. Babies and toddlers are welcome. No RSVP required. Visit our Event Calendar for details.

 

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August 17: Wild Wednesday

Rainbow City

Families, join us on Wednesday, August 17 at 4:00 PM for Wild Wednesday, a weekly nature program for kids to learn about the park’s plants, design, and more.

This High Line Program is free and open to kids ages four and up. No RSVP required. Visit our Event Calendar for details.

SUPPORT
This High Line Program is presented by MetLife.

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Friends of the High Line Is Hiring

Friends of the High Line is accepting applications for two full-time positions.

The Human Resources Manager will be responsible for managing all aspects of the employment lifecycle of employees at Friends of the High Line, maintain personnel files and information, and develop personnel-related policies and procedures. The successful candidate will be a highly organized multitasker, with excellent verbal and written communication skills and two years of relevant experience.

The Communications & Marketing Assistant will provide administrative support and assist with media projects, Web design, and social media campaigns. The successful candidate will be self-motivated and highly organized, with a keen attention to detail and excellent writing, research, and HTML skills.

To apply for these positions, please submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@thehighline.org.


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Best of the Blog, Facebook, and Twitter

Here are the past few weeks’ most popular items from the High Line Blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

Blog

High Line Blog
Learning and Play: Intern Reflections on Summer at the Parks

Facebook

Facebook
New York Times takes a look at how the High Line has given momentum to adaptive reuse projects across the country.

Twitter

Twitter
A white hibiscus is blooming on the High Line, attracting butterflies to the wetlands

Follow the High Line and stay connected.

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Sustain the Entire High Line

Sustain The High Line

As you know, we opened Section 2 of the High Line earlier this summer. Now, this mile-long park in the sky extends all the way to West 30th Street!

Your membership support today will help us sustain the entire High Line throughout the busy summer season.

To recognize your support in this critical year, we're proud to offer a special benefit to acknowledge your critical support. Make your membership gift by August 31, and receive our High Line member tote. This sturdy cotton bag is the perfect way to show your support of the High Line.


Become an Opening Season Member—make your membership gift today!

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