The High Line Blog

  • MTA Pushing Developers to Lease the Rail Yards

    According to Crain's,  it now looks as if the MTA would prefer to lease the Rail Yards site to developers for 99 years, rather than sell it. "A source at one developer said the MTA was caving in to public pressure not to sell the property, which includes active MTA rail operations. But the MTA sp... read more
  • Crain's Video: Rail Yards Developers at REBNY Gala

    Crain's caught up with four of the five Rail Yards developers at the 112th annual Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) gala. Ric Clark from Brookfield, Stephen Ross from Related, Douglas Durst from Durst/Vornado, and Jerry Speyer from Tishman Speyer all make the case for why their development... read more
  • News Roundup January 7-14, 2008

    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. Andrew Berman (he of many community activist organiz... read more
  • Open Letter to the MTA from Hudson Yards Community Advisory Committee

    HYCAC, an official community coalition made up of members of Community Board 4, local electeds and community organizations, has written a letter to MTA CEO Lee Sander with its reaction to the five proposals. The letter also brings up community concerns about the planning process at large, includ... read more
  • Historical Photo: High Line Construction Cranes

    Courtesy Mary Habstritt. This 1930's shot was taken looking West along 30th Street from around 11th Avenue, as the High Line was being built. Construction equipment can be seen mounted onto temporary rails. Cranes were built to pass over the trains in the rail yards.  The photo was part of a c... read more
  • News Roundup January 1-7

    The Observer's Eliot Brown sits down with Governor Spitzer, who is gung-ho about the results of the RFP, but tactfully avoids saying anything concrete about the Rail Yards. Spitzer has been a big figure in West Side real estate politics since his term began a year ago. The Post reports a jo... read more
  • The Fate of the Far West Side at MCNY, January 29

    Museum of the City of New York and the Regional Plan Association are co-sponsoring a panel discussion between some of the key players in the Far West Side's redevelopment. From the MCNY Web site: James Stewart Polshek, FAIA, will moderate the evening's discussion with participants Anna Hayes Levi... read more
  • Site Background: 2005 Hudson Yards Rezoning

    While the Western Rail Yards still has to go through ULURP (the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure), the Eastern Rail Yards (one half of the entire site) must be developed to meet pre-existing zoning requirements established in 2005. To better understand how the Rail Yards fits into the larger pi... read more
  • Ada Louise Huxtable Attacks Rail Yards Planning Process

    Wall Street Journal Architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable takes the Rail Yards planning process to task today. She's skeptical of a process she sees as offering too much to the developers to the ultimate detriment of the public good, because "It is hard to believe that teams with this much f... read more