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Like all New Yorkers of a certain age who are mildly obsessed with urban planning and real estate, we spend a lot of time curled up by the fireplace with Curbed. What's more, the city's premiere site for snarky commentary on the business of building has been a great resource for information about the rail yards redevelopment process so far.
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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
Interesting video primer on the rail yards site from intothebox.tv.
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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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Rail Yards Blog is developing a set of five questions to ask each developer about their proposals for the rail yards site.


We want to hear from you: what would you most like to ask the developers?

The five questions will be posted on Rail Yards Blog next week.
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Anonymous
This week's issue of Chelsea Now features an editorial making the case for preserving the entire High Line at the rail yards. The Villager also ran the editorial.

The piece focuses on the High Line's ability to add value to the site by increasing the value of the surrounding real estate, drawing tourists to the area, serving as an invaluable connector to three West Side neighborhoods, and lending some historic context to the site.
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Friends of the High Line is developing a series of principles for the treatment of the High Line at the rail yards. We strongly urge the MTA to make the following principles a requirement for the selected rail yards developer.  The developers' proposals demonstrate that all of these principles are feasible.  We look forward to working with the selected developer to incorporate these principles in the final development of the site.

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Architecture Panel at Cooper Union
A standing-room only crowd packed Cooper Union's Great Hall on Monday night to hear leading architects from the five developer teams present their visions for the Rail Yards. Each team made a 20-minute slide presentation focusing on the design of their proposal. Many were careful to mention that the designs were preliminary and that renderings were merely illustrative of design principles.

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A quick visual comparison of the five developer's plans, alongside the MTA's land use guidelines from the RFP. Note the different distribution of open space and building arrangement.

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