Lab School Chorus Braves the Cold to Bring the Cheer

Photo by Joan Garvin

Last night, students from Chelsea’s NYC Lab School Chorus braved the bitter temperature and biting wind for a holiday concert in the High Line’s Chelsea Market passage. The kids gamely ran through their repertoire, from seasonal selections like “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” to Broadway favorites like “Seasons of Love”, from Rent. Special kudos go to their keyboardist, whose gloveless fingers were looking pretty blue by the end of the set!

To keep the crowd warm, Tom Colicchio’s Craft Sweets brought their creamy hot cocoa and the most addictive gingerbread ever. Thanks to both Craft and the NYC Lab school for bringing holiday cheer to the High Line!

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Holiday Singing with NYC Lab School, December 17

Are you as excited as we are for another beautiful winter in New York City? Then come help us celebrate the season with the New York City Lab School Chorus and Craft Sweets for a performance of winter songs and a feast of some sweet treats on the High Line.

The NYC Lab School High School Chorus will give a free outdoor concert on the High Line on Thursday, December 17. The chorus will perform two half-hour sets, at 5:30 and 6:00 PM, on the High Line in the Chelsea Market Passage, near 15th Street. The closest entrances are the stairs and elevator located at 14th and 16th Streets.

This program is completely free and open to the public. Hot cocoa and gingerbread by Tom Colicchio’s Craft Sweets will be available for purchase at the event for $3. We hope to see you there!

Astronomy on the High Line

Observer Looking at Jupiter in the Eastern Sky

Looking at Jupiter in the Eastern Sky. Photo by Albert Dépas

Yes, you CAN see stars in New York City!

Through the end of  November join us as we team with the Amateur Astronomers Association (AAA) of New York for Astronomy on the High Line, each Tuesday at dusk. Come view the night sky using the AAA’s high-powered telescopes, and get a lesson from the experts on the celestial wonders of the fall night sky.

The program takes place south of the Standard, near the Gansevoort entrance. Come gawk at the moon and Jupiter among other celestial attractions. Telescopes will be set up from dusk to 9:30 PM. In the event of a cancellation due to visibility, the AAA will update their Web site by noon on Tuesdays.

After the jump, more photos from astronomy enthusiast Albert Dépas, taken on October 13.

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Summer Programming Round-Up

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Felix Pitre peformed “Stories and Songs of Latin America” in the 10th Avenue Square.

Thanks to all who joined us for our first season of free and low-cost programs on the High Line!

From walks and talks to family art workshops and performances, we strive to put together a calendar of events for all High Line visitors that are as unique and exciting as the High Line itself.

We are beginning to plan programs for next year, so please email us at info@thehighline.org with your suggestions!

We’ve got a full calendar of programs planned for the fall, and now’s the time to sign up. Highlights include Yoga on the High Line with Nikki Costello, a workshop to build your own recycled railroad with the Children’s Museum of Art,  talks with High Line VP of Horticulture and Operations Patrick Cullina and creator of the High Line’s first public art installation Spencer Finch, as well as walking tours every Sunday.

Full calendar here, but sign up for our email newsletter for future announcements- or better yet, become a member to get first notification of upcoming programs.

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Design Launch Party Recap

I hope you were able to join us last Wednesday under the High Line as we celebrated the release of Designing the High Line, our new design publication showcasing High Line designs from Gansevoort-30th Street.  With some help from a lighting designer and Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra, we transformed a construction staging area into an amazing party venue.  Check out photos by our fabulous volunteer, Jeffrey Donenfeld.  At Friends of the High Line, we concentrate a lot on what the space on top of the High Line will look like, but this event got me excited about how great the area underneath the Line can be!

Over 700 guests mingled under the Line while enjoying tasty treats from the Cleaver Co. and sipping Brooklyn Brewery beer.  Thanks to everyone who showed up to toast our design and construction teams, and a special thanks to the evening’s sponsors, Related, Cardinal Investments, 511 West 25th Street, SHoP Architets, and Alf Naman for the use of the space under the Line.  If you didn’t get to pick up a copy of Designing the High Line, it’s available on Amazon.com.

Party Under the High Line!

[We throw a good party! This is the Kitchen High Line Block Party last year.]

Come celebrate the launch of our new design publication on July 30 under the High Line!

We’ll toast the publication of Designing the High Line with music (and hopefully dancing) by Michael Arenella & his Dreamland Orchestra, fresh from the jazz age party on Governor’s Island. Beer, soft drinks, and delicious appetizers (like watermelon gazpacho and fresh figs with farmstead cheese) will be provided by The Cleaver Co. Don’t miss it!

Tickets start at $45 for Non-Members ($25 for Members and Volunteers; for more information about becoming a member, please click here). The publication itself will be available for purchase for the discounted price of $25 (normally $30.)

Design Publication Launch Party

Wednesday, July 30, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Under the High Line at 25th Street

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[Michael Arenella & his Dreamland Orchestra will provide the tunes.]

Best of the High Line Blog

The High Line is well on its way to becoming New York’s first park in the sky, with plants taking root in late summer and the first section on schedule to open by the end of 2008. Keep up to date with the High Line’s progress here on the Blog, written by Friends of the High Line’s staff members:

Design!

Our new Design Video, produced by Brooklyn Digital Foundry, and made possible by the Trust for Architectural Easements.

Slide show of Sections 1 and 2 Design

Designing the High Line, our brand new design publication is now for sale on Amazon.com

Construction!

Site Photography: Planking Installation

Action-Packed Construction Update

Photo of the Week: Peel-Up Benches

History!

History Video, Narrated by Ethan Hawke

Chelsea: 1986

Westbeth High Line Section

Community News!

Chalk Shoes to the High Line

Florent: Don’t Cry for Me

Field Ops to Design the Country’s Largest Urban Park

Student-Run Farmer’s Market at PS 11 in Chelsea

And last but not least, the High Line’s favorite compatriot:

David Beckham!

David Beckham Bears All for the High Line, “Parts” 1 and 2