We are pleased to announce that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg presented the Doris C. Freedman Award to Friends of the High Line early today in the 10th Avenue Square on the High Line. Refreshments, bluegrass music, and a surprise visit from elementary school students from PS 11 followed the award ceremony. View photos from the event.
The Doris C. Freedman Award was established in 1982 by Executive Order by Mayor Edward I. Koch to recognize an individual or organization for a contribution to the people of the City of New York that greatly enriches the public environment. It is dedicated to the memory and vision of Doris Chanin Freedman (1928-1981), the City’s first Director of Cultural Affairs at the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Administration. Mrs. Freedman also served as President of the Municipal Art Society and Founder of the Public Art Fund, and she worked to establish New York City’s Percent for Art legislation.
The Award recognizes Friends of the High Line for its dedication to preserving an essential piece of New York's industrial history and for transforming the High Line into an innovative public space. We think the award's design is by far one of the coolest we have ever seen. It's a mini reproduction of Tony Rosenthal's The Alamo, the iconic cube in Astor Place that was installed as part of Doris C. Freedman's "Sculpture in the Environment" series in 1967. Read the press release.
Thank you to Mayor Bloomberg for selecting Friends of the High Line to be recognized with this award. And thank you to all of our elected officials, Board members, supporters, and friends who helped us make the High Line the extraordinary public space we imagined it could be.