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The High Line blog has moved to its new location as part of the High Line Web site!

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We Love Our Tretorn Boots!

Boot-modeling at the Tenth Avenue Square.

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!

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We’re Thankful

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Thanksgiving at the High Line. Photo by Auzelle Epeneter.

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!

Cold Weather Tips from the Construction Team

vaselineIf 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:

1. Take a pain reliever before going out into the cold…it thins your blood so it flows better when cold.
2. When you ball your hands in your pockets, don’t make a full fist. Instead, leave air space so that the warm air generated by your body heat stays trapped in your cupped hand and helps your hands warm faster.
3. Put Vaseline between your toes before putting on your socks and shoes. It helps your toes stay warm!
4. Hats and hoods. Hats and hoods. That one’s pretty obvious.

Hat tip to Tim Schenck. Stay warm out there!

FHL Now Hiring!

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 jobs@thehighline.org. No phone calls, please.

Supervisor of Maintenance & Operations
Full-time Gardener
Seasonal Gardener
Maintenance Technician
Groundskeeper
Custodian
Bookkeeping/Data Entry Assistant

High Line Aerial Wall Art and Desktop Wallpaper

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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!

Click the size you would like to download:
Small monitor: 800 x 600 pixels
Medium-size monitor: 1024 x 768 pixels
Large-size monitor: 1280 1024 pixels
Wide-screen monitor: 1680 x 1050 pixels

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[Detail view of the map.]

Instructions for downloading the wallpaper after the jump!

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Name the Drag Queen, Win a Prize: High Line Co-Founder’s “Sister” in Fire Island Cookbook

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 info@thehighline.org 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.

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