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Waiters passed out Coach Inc. (COH) luggage tags at the Friends of the High Line party last night, getting 800 guests ready for summer travel.

The setting offered plenty of reasons to stay put, from the view of the sunset over the Hudson River to the popsicles laced with Grey Goose flavored vodka to the people-watching (David Byrne, Sean Avery, Rachel Dratch).

“The breeze is amazing,” said Jessica Szohr on the Diller-von Furstenberg Sundeck with fellow “Gossip Girl” cast member Penn Badgley. She carried a red Coach purse.

Coach Men’s collection paid for the party, allowing all proceeds from $150-ticket sales to go toward maintaining the elevated park on former railroad tracks, said Robert Hammond, Friends of the High Line co-founder and executive director.

The expenses of the party included setting up embossing machines so guests could have their luggage tags personalized with one or two initials.

Lew Frankfort, chairman and chief executive of Coach, fell into conversation with Amanda Burden, chairman of the New York City Planning Commission.

Burden spoke of the plans to extend the No. 7 subway line to Eleventh Avenue, where it will meet the High Line. “In 2013, you’ll be able to go from Jackson Heights to the Meatpacking district,” Burden said.

“We’re both romantics when it comes to New York,” Frankfort added.

As for actual romance on the High Line, Hammond said he didn’t know of any weddings that have taken place there.

“I’d like the first to be a gay marriage,” he said.

Proposals are another story.

Lost Love

“We’ve fished several engagement rings out of the cracks,” Hammond said, pointing to the flooring at his feet.

Many guests at the party were content to walk up and down the High Line checking out members of the opposite sex. The prowl continued at the club Avenue, until guests caught sight of Mary-Kate Olsen standing on a banquette, alternately surveying the room and conferring with the DJ. She carried a bag by The Row, the line she and her sister design.

A Recipe

For a refreshing adult party treat over the long holiday weekend, here’s a recipe for one of the popsicles served at the Friends of the High Line party last night:

Combine 3/4 ounce Grey Goose L’Orange Vodka.

With 1/4 ounce Licor 43.

And 4 ounces orange juice.

Pour liquid into popsicle mold and freeze overnight.

(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)

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