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Jennette Mullaney
SoulCycle on the High LineMaster instructor Laurie Cole gets cyclists’ heart pumping beneath the blue lighting of the Chelsea Market Passage at West 16th Street. Photo by Liz Ligon

One hundred cyclists took part in a “cardio party” on the High Line last Thursday night, enjoying special a SoulCycle ride to benefit Friends of the High Line. In addition to gleaming rows of custom stationary bikes, SoulCycle set the mood for an inspirational workout with music by DJ Journey.

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Erika Harvey
Colicchio and SonsOur signature fall fundraiser, hosted at Colicchio & Sons, featured food and drink from the neighborhood's best chefs. Photos by Liz Ligon
 

We would like to thank Tom Colicchio of Colicchio & Sons for partnering with Friends of the High Line to present our third annual High Line Chefs Dinner on Sunday, September 30. Over 200 guests enjoyed delicious cocktails and small plates crafted by world-renowned chefs from the High Line neighborhood, all in support of the ongoing maintenance and operations of the High Line.

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Kate Lindquist
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Last night we hosted the Summer Party on the High Line presented by Coach, a unique fundraising event for the park. Photo by Billy Farrell
 

Thanks to all who came out to last night’s Summer Party on the High Line presented by Coach.

The event brought together the High Line and Coach – two iconic New York institutions that represent the creative energy of the city – to celebrate the spirit of summer with a carnival-inspired event. This year’s Summer Party featured a fortune teller, boardwalk games, carnival prizes from Coach, delicious food and drink at sunset, and dancing into the night with DJ Kiss.

We would like to extend a special thank you to Coach for presenting this event. Thanks to its generous underwriting, 100 percent of the proceeds from ticket sales are going directly toward the High Line, helping us keep the park clean, the plants beautiful, and the public engaged through free art, tours, talks, and kids activities all year long.

Follow us after the jump for more photos.
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Kate Lindquist
Colicchio and SonsHigh Line supporters enjoyed a walk-around tasting dinner featuring acclaimed chefs from the neighborhood. Photo by Patrick McMullan.
 

We would like to extend a special thank you to Tom Colicchio, Chef/Owner of Colicchio & Sons, and the talented chefs from the restaurants along the High Line who participated in this year's High Line Chefs Dinner.

The High Line Chefs Dinner is an annual special event that helps raise crucial funding to support the ongoing maintenance and operations of the High Line. This year's event took place on Sunday, October 23. The evening began on the High Line, where guests enjoyed sunset cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The festivities then moved off the High Line to Colicchio & Sons, where more than 250 guests enjoyed cocktails and innovative small plates during a walk-around dinner.

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Anonymous

Welcome to the second in our series of posts running down the track records of the various companies competing for the opportunity to build lots and lots of buildings over the West Side Rail Yards. Today we focus on Extell, whose Steven Holl-designed plan (above, and here) has probably received the most architectural critical praise.

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Extell, formerly Intell Management and Investment Co., has been an NYC real estate player since 1994, although their profile has heightened considerably in the last few years, especially since their name change in 2005. They are steered by CEO Gary Barnett, a former diamond merchant.

The company notably attempted to play the spoiler during the bid process for Atlantic Yards redevelopment in Brooklyn, submitting a proposal that -- unlike competitor Forest City Ratner's controversial, ultimately adopted plan -- would not have required the usage of eminent domain, or have included a stadium for the NBA's Nets. The Real Deal offers a pretty good rundown on the company here.

After the jump, we have a summary of some of Extell's more notable projects and properties, with pretty illustrations to boot.

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Anonymous
The Times reports that ad firm Ogilvy-Mather plans to take over a building at 11th Avenue & 47th Street, making them pioneers on the Far West side. Though, it must be noted, their building is not really all *that* close to the Rail Yards site.

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Anonymous
Community Meeting

On Monday night, over 200 interested members of the community (as well as political figures such as New York State Senator Tom Duane) gathered at the Hudson Guild at an event sponsored by Community Board 4 and the Hudson Yards Community Advocacy Coalition that included presentations from the five developers who have submitted plans for the rail yards. After the presentations, attendees had the opportunity to break into small groups to discuss the plans and give their feedback in a formal way.

Photos of the event can be found here

CB4 prepared a handy info sheet (PDF) comparing each plan by the numbers. A summary from the community discussion will be available soon.

The developers' presentations were short and business-like, as they labored mightily to conform to a time limit of ten minutes per proposal. That was still plenty of time for lots of shiny pictures (and in the case of the Durst/Vornado plan, a snappy video), as well as for some revealing rhetorical moments. A brief digest after the jump.

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Anonymous
On Monday, architects from the five development teams presented their designs to the public at Cooper Union. Videos of each presentation are now available. Please note these videos have been edited down for length, and the sound quality is not great.


Steven Holl for Extell

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