NEW! High Line Web Shop

We’re proud to announce the launch of our new High Line Web Shop!

Our Web Shop is the only place you can find High Line gear like our wind-proof opening season umbrella, our stylish High Line Sigg aluminum water bottle, publications like Designing the High Line, t-shirts and other apparel, and more. This gear makes great gifts for all the High Line enthusiasts in your life. Check it out!

We offer free shipping for all domestic orders over $50.

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Tomorrow is Bike to Work Day!

Tomorrow, some of us at FHL will celebrate Bike Month NYC  and National Bike to Work Day by riding in to the office.

[Patrick’s sweet ride.]

For now, it looks like the rain won’t start until 10 or 11 AM tomorrow, so hopefully we can get to work dry – fingers crossed!

As a (still relatively) new employee at Friends of the High Line, I’ve been impressed at the number of people in the office who ride their bikes or walk to work, to meetings, and to our events throughout the city.  Robert, Josh, Katie, Danya, and Patrick have inspired me to at least think about making the 8 mile trek from Washington Heights down through the many sections of the Hudson River Park to our new office on West 20th Street. 

FHL staff rides to work from nearby (Chelsea) and kind-of-far (Brooklyn), and in their spare time, too.  Meredith and Peter ride on weekends, and Katie’s done longer cycling events, like the Ride to Montauk

FHL is going green in other ways, too.  We recently switched to a recycled paper stock, we’re working on an office composting program, and we used green materials like FLOR’s recycled carpeting squares to build out our new office space.

From Rinses to Retail, Chelsea Car Wash Makes its Exit

[The Chelsea Car Wash at West 14th Street & 10th Avenue, before the sign was taken down.]

As many Chelsea dwellers, West Side Highway & Hudson River Park commuters, taxi drivers, and car wash enthusiasts may have noticed, the distinctive red Chelsea Car Wash sign has disappeared. It was removed from where it was attached to the High Line about a month ago with little fanfare.

In the coming months, the Car Wash– one of the characteristic staples of the working West Side–will close its garage doors to make way for a new retail location on the corner of West 14th Street and 10th Avenue.

[Design and renderings by Richard Lanka & Associates, for a new retail location, developed by the Milk Group with Robert K. Futterman.]

There’s currently no tenant booked, but in the next year or so, the Milk Group (as in Milk Studios, next door), aims to find a design, fashion, or other retail tenant for this 40,000-square-foot space directly underneath the High Line. Renderings from their sales office show wrap-around windows in Car Wash-like glass. There’s also apparently a subterranean level for more retail.

More design renderings, and facts about the neighborhood– from the sales brochure–after the jump.

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Upcoming: Matt Wolf’s “Wild Combination” at the Kitchen

Our friend Matt Wolf, a talented filmmaker who’s produced several short videos about the High Line, makes the New York debut of his first feature-length film, “Wild Combination“, at the Kitchen on May 15. Matt’s film was an Official Selection at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year.

The film will show as part of a series of film and music celebrating avant-garde musician Arthur Russell, a first-generation Kitchen artist. This one is not to be missed. Tickets are now available for two screenings. []

Visit the film’s site for more info, stills and clips.

From the synopsis:

WILD COMBINATION is director Matt Wolf’s visually absorbing portrait of the seminal avant-garde composer, singer-songwriter, cellist, and disco producer Arthur Russell. Before his untimely death from AIDS in 1992, Arthur prolifically created music that spanned both pop and the transcendent possibilities of abstract art. Now, over fifteen years since his passing, Arthur’s work is finally finding its audience. Wolf incorporates rare archival footage and commentary from Arthur’s family, friends, and closest collaborators—including Philip Glass and Allen Ginsberg—to tell this poignant and important story.

Some of Matt’s High Line shorts are on YouTube, including the 2007 High Line Portrait Project, and the 2007 Summer Benefit.

Matt’s now at work on a video about the High Line’s history, narrated by Ethan Hawke. Stay tuned.

Check it out at PULSE

Searching for a downtown alternative to the Armory show this weekend? Look no further than Pier 40, which will house the PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, exhibiting works in all media from over 70 international galleries.

When you’re there, check out the Artware Editions (Booth F-5). Artware is a gallery in the West Village that specializes in functional objects and furniture designed by artists. We are excited to be working with Artware to create artist-designed objects inspired (and some made with actual artifacts from) the High Line. Stay tuned for more info on those. Below, one of their pieces for the fair entitled Twin Table by Richard Roth.


Back to TEXAS: Voelcker Park

When people hear I am from San Antonio they often ask if I hope the High Line becomes like the River Walk. The answer is no. The River Walk is designed for tourists, and my dream is that the High Line is first and foremost a well-loved park for New Yorkers that visitors may also enjoy. 



[San Antonio River Walk in the summer and in December]

But San Antonio now has the opportunity to be known for a wholly different kind of public space that’s designed for residents, not tourists, and it makes an inspiring story. 

The last, large tract of undeveloped land just a few miles from downtown’s River Walk was the 311-acre Voelcker Dairy Farm. Most of the property had not been cultivated and looked like the land settlers saw when they first came to the area. Some of the trees there were standing at the time of the Battle of the Alamo — all within the bounds of the tenth largest city in the country.  Plans were in the works to sell the property for housing developments.  Instead the City, at the Mayor’s initiative, bought all 311 acres and set about to preserve the landscape and turn it into Voelcker Park, which will be the city’s largest park.  


[photo from the Voelcker Park website]

And it keeps getting better.  Them they hired the team of Steven Stimson Associates and D.I.R.T Studio to oversee the development of a master plan.  D.I.R.T is led by one of my favorite landscape designers, Julie Bargmann.

Their winning competition entry is after the jump.

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