OHNY Talk: How We Built the High Line

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Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 11:30am

OHNY Talk: How We Built the High Line

Executive Director and Co-Founder of Friends of the High Line Robert Hammond discusses the process of turning the High Line from a dream into a reality in this free public lecture, part of Open House New York weekend.

OHNY talks on the High Line are first come first served, RSVP's are not being collected for these events. OHNY talks will take place on the West side of the 14th Street passage on the High Line, just south of the 14th Street stair. Guests will be admitted until program is full.

Robert Hammond is a Co-Founder and President of Friends of the High Line (thehighline.org). He brought the High Line, a 1.5-mile-long disused elevated rail structure on Manhattan’s West Side, from the brink of demolition, in 1999, to the start of construction, in 2006. The organization has raised over $150 million, and the first phase of the park is opened in June 2009.

Mr. Hammond has worked as a consultant for a variety of entrepreneurial endeavors and non-profits, including the Times Square Alliance, Alliance for the Arts and National Cooperative Bank (NCB).

Mr. Hammond is also a self-taught artist. From 2002 to 2005 he served as an Ex-Officio Trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was awarded A Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 2008.

Mr. Hammond holds a graduated with Honors in History from Princeton University. Born and raised in San Antonio, TX he has lived in the West Village since 1994.

This lecture is part of our participation in the annual Open House New York weekend.