City Council Speaker Christine Quinn delivered a rousing State of the City address (PDF) yesterday. It included a promise to "fight any shortsighted effort" by the State to sell two sites adjacent to the Jacob Javits Convention Center until a compelling plan for Javits expansion or replacement is made. One of the sites: the northermost High Line block, from 33rd to 34th Street.
The State previously said it intended to sell this site, as well as the 39th - 40th Street block, to fund housing and transportation initiatives. Friends of the High Line's views this site as an integral part of the larger discussion of the development of the rail yards. And if the 33-34 site is sold for development, accommodation must be made for the existing High Line structure and/or its easement.
The State immediately issued a statement supporting its position, as reported by the New York Observer. Speaker Quinn has been a leading supporter of the High Line project since 1999, and she is an outspoken supporter of our efforts to preserve the High Line at the rail yards.