FRIENDS OF THE HIGH LINE, INC.

NEW YORK, NY   |  www.thehighline.org/

Mission

Through excellence in operations, stewardship, innovative programming, and world-class design, Friends of the High Line seeks to engage the vibrant and diverse community on and around the High Line, and to raise the essential private funding to help complete the High Line's construction and create an endowment for its future operations.

Ruling year info

2001

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Robert Hammond

Main address

The Diller – von Furstenberg Building 820 Washington Street

NEW YORK, NY 10014 USA

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EIN

31-1734086

NTEE code info

Parks and Playgrounds (N32)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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High Line Operations

In 2015, Friends of the High Line (FHL) successfully operated and maintained Sections 1, 2, and 3 of the park, from Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street. Visitation was approximately 7.6 million people. In order to appropriately manage the gardens, the horticulture team planted 5,500 perennials and grasses, 4,400 bulbs, and 54 trees and shrubs. The facilities planning & management team managed and maintained the physical plant of the park, including the High Line headquarters (HLHQ) at 820 Washington Street, with a combined 20,000 S.F. of space for operations and administrative staff. The custodial services team removed approximately 237 tons of trash and approximately 175 tons of recycled waste. Eight tons of compost were collected from food vendors and public compost cans during the spring-summer seasons (six-month period). New staff positions were added to the facilities, horticulture, and park services team. Regular facilities, maintenance, and custodial activities increased in direct proportion to the increase in visitors. Operations continued to focus on maintenance, cleanliness and safety of the 1.45 mile park to enhance the visitor experience.

Population(s) Served

In 2015, FHL realized more than 37 art projects, including 7 video programs, 3 art performances, and 14 major commissions. Furthermore, FHL solidified partnerships with other New York City arts non-profits, including co-producing an event on the High Line with Creative Time. FHL continued to improve media outreach, securing major press coverage and creating a strong identity in social media.

FHL welcomed over 40,000 visitors to over 400 scheduled programs and activities. Programs included 149 guided field trips serving 4,560 adults and children, drop-in programming for families, three times a week in the summer months, serving over 7,950 kids and caregivers, lectures, musical performances, and tours. In addition, teen programs provided employment for 34 local teenagers and engaged over 1,400 New York City youth through two teen nights. FHL also worked with 214 volunteers who worked over 5,315 hours as docents, greeters, horticultural assistants, play partners, and photographers.

Population(s) Served

In 2015, FHL continued to work on several large scale capital construction projects, advanced the design phases for additional large scale projects, managed a variety of capital improvements on the existing High Line and implemented advocacy efforts focusing on strategic urban planning initiatives.

Design on Phase II of Section 3 progressed through the Schematic Design phase, with the completion of the design process estimated to be late summer of 2016. This is the last piece of the High Line currently not accessible to the public.

FHL also advanced the concept design for the 18th Street Plaza, the first at-grade park space connected to the High Line. This work will continue in 2016 and 2017.

FHL started and completed many smaller but significant capital projects to both the High Line and HLHQ Building. Significant projects included an electrical retrofit of the Chelsea Market Passage to support public programming and events and the addition of mechanical support spaces for the concession vendors on the High Line. FHL also oversaw structural modifications and repainting of several High Line stairs. HLHQ work was primarily focused on HVAC and plumbing systems.

FHL has continued to advocate for the park through a variety of analyses, the most significant of which is a study that predicts future visitation and how that visitation will affect operations, the physical structure of the High Line, and the overall visitor experience.

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Financials

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FRIENDS OF THE HIGH LINE, INC.

Board of directors
as of 3/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Catie Marron