Weekend Snow on the High Line

While this week’s snowstorm turns brown, slushy, and inconvenient on street level, it’s still clean and beautiful up on the High Line.  There’s quite a bit of snow left–come up and enjoy it this weekend!  (Perhaps even make it part of a romantic date on Sunday?)

Weather permitting, we’ll be open for regular winter hours, 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM, with the last entry at 7:45 PM.  Check our Web site for updates.

In Memory of Clare Weiss

The staff of Friends of the High Line was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Clare Weiss, the Parks Department’s Curator of Public Art, on January 11, 2010.  During her tenure at Parks from 2005 to 2009, Clare helped organize 128 outdoor public art exhibitions, as well as 36 exhibits at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park.  She was a charter member of the High Line’s Public Art Advisory Committee, which selected the High Line’s first public art installation—Spencer Finch’s The River That Flows Both Ways.  Clare worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this city culturally richer and more dynamic.  Her contributions and her spirit will be sorely missed.

Photo by Malcolm Pinckney, New York City Parks & Recreation

Where have all the trailers gone?

In addition to all the shoveling the High Line staff did to keep the park open this weekend, our temporary Maintenance & Operations facility has been moved down to the southern entrance of the High Line, at street level. In order to get ready for the joining of Section 1 to Section 2 – (still under construction) – the M&O trailers (where our gardeners, maintenance workers, and Rangers house equipment and offices) were moved 10 blocks south, just west of the Gansevoort Stairway.

Trailer container being lifted off their 20th Street location and moved to ground level at Gansevoort & Washington Streets.

M&O container being lifted off of the 20th Street location and moved to ground level at Gansevoort & Washington Streets. Photo by Jenny Staley.

The trailers and containers were crane-lifted off the High Line and loaded onto flatbed trucks that transported everything to their new southern location, where they will rest until construction for the new Whitney Museum begins at Gansevoort and Washington Street, adjacent to the High Line.

Container being set down into its new location just west of the Gansevoort Entrance.

Container being set down into its new location just west of the Gansevoort Entrance. Photo by Jenny Staley.

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The First Big Snow

If you haven’t already caught glimpses of the High Line dressed in white, check out the snow-strewn photos that our Maintenance & Operations staff took this weekend.

The Diller - von Furstenberg Sundeck under a white blanket.

In order to clear the snow, the crew used various tools and equipment including: a Bobcat mini-tracker with spinning broom, power brooms, push brooms, snow-blowers, shovels, and eco-friendly ice melt. Brooms (and power brooms) are the best way to remove snow safely and efficiently from the concrete planking and pathways.

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James Corner at Cooper Union

Image courtesy fieldoperations.net

James Corner, principal and founder of  James Corner Field Operations, the High Line project lead, will lecture on his recent and current works at the Cooper Union on Wednesday, December 9th.

In addition to the High Line, Corner’s work with Field Operations includes the current transformation of the 2,200-acre landfill site Fresh Kills on Staten Island, which will be one of the largest public parks in the world. James Corner Field Operations has received numerous awards, including the New York City Arts Commission Award for Excellence in Design and the Daimler-Chrysler Award for Design Innovation.

Admission is free for league members and the Cooper Union Students and Staff, and is $10.00 for non-members.

Wednesday, December 9th
7:00 PM
Cooper Union’s Great Hall
7 East 7th Street, New York, NY

Non-members can purchase tickets here.
For more information, see the Architectural League of New York Web site.

Nothing Cuts the Crisp Weather Like Hot Cocoa

Organicoa's Pure Hot Cocoa. Photo by Auzelle Epeneter.

Now through December 11th in the Chelsea Market Passage, you’ll find Organicoa–organic, sustainably-grown, pure hot cocoa.

Founders Matthew Pek and Brett Nidel created Organicoa especially for the High Line.  Each cup of Organicoa’s hot cocoa is crafted with Dagoba cocoa beans (which are sourced through sustainable cacao farms), organic vegan cane sugar, and locally sourced organic milk.  Their cups, lids, and sleeves are made from recycled and compostable materials.

We recommend grabbing a cup and enjoying it on the sundeck.

Follow the jump for a menu and more pictures.

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Open Planning Project’s New Technology Conference

On Friday the thirteenth, a group of planners, transportation experts,  sociologists, and techies joined together for an intimate dialogue hosted by The Open Planning Project (TOPP) and the Regional Planning Association (RPA). Perched on top of 148 Lafayette, we gathered to discuss “New Technology for Participatory Planning”. A series of “lightning talks” revolved around the potential of evolving technologies to simultaneously address planning challenges and open communication barriers.

New Technology for Participatory Planning

New Technology for Participatory Planning conference. Ideas for take-away discussions.

The Open Planning Project acts as an advocate and resource for those who wish to understand the planning of cities around them.  TOPP is about to launch a new  community-based planning tool using open-source software,  where those interested in planning can converge online.

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Bird Rescue

fancybird

This fancy bird, a migratory American Woodcock, was rescued by High Line gardener and bird enthusiast Maryanne on Friday. It was found huddled in a doorway on West 20th Street, stunned but not visibly injured — she guessed the little guy had flown into the side of a building and had been knocked to the ground.

Maryanne whisked the woodcock, a shorebird also known amusingly as a “timberdoodle”, up to the High Line and put it in a dark cardboard box to calm it down.  It was soon picked up by the Urban Park Rangers for rehabilitation. We wish this (relatively) exotic beauty the best of luck in its recovery.

See great art and support the High Line!

Tickets are still available for this special self-guided gallery tour of West Chelsea and SoHo, benefiting Friends of the High Line. The daylong event features a self-guided tour of 28 art galleries including James Cohan Gallery, Mary Boone Gallery, PaceWildenstein, 303 Gallery, and Zach Feuer Gallery, where you will collect stamps designed by leading artists in a limited-edition passport. In the evening, join us for a cocktail party and silent auction, including works by Jenny Holzer, Rodney Graham, Yinka Shonibare, and Nayland Blake.

Tickets are $45 and can be purchased on the Passport to the Arts Web site.

Saturday, November 7
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM Gallery Tour
6:00 – 8:00 PM Reception and Silent Auction

The New Yorker Promotion Department will donate all proceeds from the silent auction and a portion of those from ticket sales to Friends of the High Line.

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Art Talk this Wednesday: Spencer Finch

 
finch

Photo by David B. Smith

Spencer Finch’s The River That Flows Both Ways is the spectacular installation of 700 panes of colored glass that covers the western wall of the Chelsea Market Passage on the High Line.  Come hear this articulate and engaging artist speak about that piece and others, this Wednesday evening at 6:30 in the 14th St. Passage.  FREE.  RSVP recommended but not required.

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