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To help our us get through the long, cold, and sometimes wet hours on the High Line this winter, the lovely folks at Swedish company Tretorn have donated several pairs of their warm and rugged rubber boots to our Maintenance & Operations and Administrative staff. According to their web site, “Tretorn celebrates a lifestyle largely lived outside.” Whether we’re shoveling snow, leading tours, or simply walking the High Line for some fresh air at lunchtime, we couldn’t agree more!
Yesterday, the High Line staff celebrated Thanksgiving early with a farewell potluck in honor of our seasonal staff (a sample of the myriad of delicious dishes is pictured above). High Line gardeners Au’brey Gill, Meg Graham, and Maryanne Stubbs will part from us during the dormant winter months.
Their hard work and green thumbs helped make our opening season an exceptional one. Everyone at Friends of the High Line is thankful to have worked with them.
Au’brey, Meg, and Maryanne: We’ll miss you!
If today’s blizzard has you shivering in your boots, here are some helpful hints from the guys working– in all kinds of weather– to build the High Line’s landscape. Collected from the construction site during a cold snap:
Hat tip to Tim Schenck. Stay warm out there!
In preparation for the opening of the park in a few short months, Friends of the High Line currently has SEVEN positions open (with another to be announced shortly). These include several new positions in the Horticulture and Maintenance & Operations departments, in anticipation of the High Line’s opening this spring.
The best way to keep in touch with our open positions, news of the park’s opening, and other FHL tidbits, is through our e-mail newsletter. Subscribe here.
A full description and application instructions is included on each PDF document, viewable below. Please note, all application material should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please.Supervisor of Maintenance & Operations Full-time Gardener Seasonal Gardener Maintenance Technician Groundskeeper Custodian Bookkeeping/Data Entry Assistant
Friends of the High Line’s office recently got a new addition: a 9 foot-by-18 foot aerial High Line wall map in our reception area. The map shows the High Line’s design in context: the entire line is visible as it moves north from the West Village, through Chelsea, to the West Side Rail Yards.
The unusual view from above reveals the complex relationship between the High Line and its neighborhood. You can see the surrounding built environment as a series of blocks, streets, and related and unrelated structures, seemingly stitched together by the common thread of the High Line. You can see where the line literally passes through buildings, which familiar neighborhood landmarks it nears and touches, and how it parallels the Hudson River. Here at our office, we can’t stop looking at it.
Download your own version of this map for your desktop!
Instructions for downloading the wallpaper after the jump!
One of the High Line Co-Founders has a secret sister featured in the just-published cookbook, “Drag Queens Can Cook!” (sales benefit the Doctor’s House, in Cherry Grove, on Fire Island, which provides medical care to residents and visitors alike).
The first person to e-mail email@example.com identifying the gal of which we speak and her relation to the correct High Line Co-Founder wins one of the following prizes (winner’s choice): A copy of Friends of the High Line’s new publication, “Designing the High Line: Gansevoort Street to 30th Street,” which showcases the final High Line design, OR a Billy’s Bakery cupcake or drink in the High Line neighborhood with the High Line Co-Founder in question. With some sleuthing, you can find the Co-Founder’s secret sister on the “Drag Queens Can Cook!” Web site, but we hope you’ll buy a copy — it benefits a good cause, and it’s full of delightful recipes that can be easily prepared while wearing the longest Lee Press-On Nails you can find.
A while back, we got to thinking that our office operations should reflect the values inherent in the High Line itself, as well as our own staff’s personal commitment to environmental conservation. Recently, two larger non-profits built themselves new LEED certified offices (NYC Audubon Society and the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment). We got jealous.