High Line events summer 2011

The newly expanded park hosts nature walks, dance performances, art installations and more.

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  • Photograph: Courtesy Friends of the High Line

    Early Morning Habitat Walks

  • Stargazing on the High Line

  • Stargazing on the High Line

  • Photograph: Courtesy Friends of the High Line

    Variable Pop Dance Workshop

  • High Line walking tours

  • Photograph: Courtesy Friends of the High Line

    High Line walking tours

Photograph: Courtesy Friends of the High Line

Early Morning Habitat Walks

The High Line is open daily 7am--10pm. Locations, dates and times subject to change; for more information and updates on events, call 212-500-6035 or visit thehighline.org (unless otherwise noted).

MAY

Every Tuesday Stargazing on the High Line
The elevated space offers the perfect vantage point for these star-spotting sessions, hosted by the Amateur Astronomer's Association. The location for each event changes depending on what's in the night sky on a given day; visit the park's website, or check out its Twitter feed (@thehighlinenyc) for updates. Various locations on the High Line. Dusk--9:30pm; free. Through October.

1 High Line Moving Library
Few things beat hanging out on a bench on the High Line with a thick novel, which is why we love this books-on-wheels installation, presented as part of the PEN World Voices festival. Two roving carts filled with different tomes will travel along the length of the park; visitors are encouraged to pluck a book from its stacks and dig in. (Just remember to return it once you're finished.) Chelsea Market Passage, enter at Tenth Ave and W 16th St (pen.org/festival). Noon--6pm; free.

1 Poetry in Residence: Ugly Duckling Presse
The Brooklyn publishing house curates an afternoon of poetry as part of the PEN World Voices festival; scribes who've released work on the imprint, such as Jen Bervin and Julian T. Brolaski, will read snippets of their poems, and attendees can pick up a handcrafted booklet (designed by Ugly Duckling) featuring the writers' work. Tenth Avenue Square, enter at Tenth Ave and W 18th St (pen.org/festival). Noon--2pm.

3 Walking Tour with High Line Gardeners
Learn about the obstacles of tending to an elevated garden, as guides explain the thought process behind the park's unique design. Location disclosed with ticket purchase. Noon--1pm; $15, members $10.

6 Artist Talk: Kim Beck
Beck will discuss the inspiration behind her installation Space Available, which debuted in March. Bumble and Bumble, 415 W 13th St between Ninth Ave and Washington St, third floor. 6:30--7:30pm; free, reservations required.

7 The Big Picture Bike Tour
Strap on your helmet for this cycling tour, which follows the path of the park along the west side of Manhattan. You'll learn about the history of the space, including its origins as a freight railroad and its current revitalization, from architecture expert Matt Postal. Location TBA. 2--4pm; $15, members $10. Reservations required.

14 Early Morning High Line Habitats Walks
Learn about the birds and the bees—as well as other animals who pollinate plants—with High Line gardener Maryanne Stubbs, who leads this nature tour. Pack a pair of binoculars for an even closer look at the myriad species feasting on the park's flowers. Location disclosed with ticket purchase. 8--9am; $15, Friends of the High Line members $10.

14 Variable Pop Dance Workshop
Naomi Goldberg Haas of performance group Dances for a Variable Population helps get your heart pumping during a 90-minute fitness and movement workshop. Chelsea Market Passage, enter at Tenth Ave and W 16th St. 10--11:30am; free.

18 Walking Tour with Peter Mullan As the Friends of the High Line gets closer to opening the second section of the park, Peter Mullan, the organization's vice president of planning and design, will discuss the layout of that area, as well as the park's history. Location TBA. 6:30--7:30pm; $15, members $10

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