Friends of the High Line Summer Benefit

The Friends of the High Line hosted a summer benefit at Pier Sixty in Manhattan this June to celebrate the non-profit organization’s 10th anniversary. Honored were actor and board member Edward Norton and board members Lisa Marie and Philip Falcone. An after-party was held on the High Line itself. The High Line was built in the 1930s as part of a massive public-private infrastructure that lifted freight train traffic 30 feet into the air. In 1999, Friends of the High Line was formed to advocate for the High Line’s preservation and reuse as an open public space. I was invited to the event by Peter Lichtenthal, president of Bumble and bumble. Esteé Lauder, which owns the haircare giant, bought a table at the event, which raised more than $2 million to go toward the maintenance and operation of High Line Park.