OHNY Talk: Parks in Post-Industrial New York: The High Line

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Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 10:00am

OHNY Talk: Parks in Post-Industrial New York: The High Line

Chairman of HR&A Advisors and Friends of the High Line board chair John Alschuler discusses the High Line's transformation from a disused railway into a celebrated open space within the context of the far West side, and the subsequent transformation and rebirth of the far West side as a bustling community 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.

John H. Alschuler, Chairman at HR&A Advisors, focuses on the revitalization of urban communities, the development of cultural districts, infrastructure development and service to institutional owners of real estate. John Alschuler’s core skills include the structuring of public-private partnerships, development finance, and innovative development strategies for public open space.

John’s wide-ranging practice is national and international in scope ranging from New York to Kuwait City, and supports significant and complex public-private partnerships and real estate transactions. His clients include performing arts organizations, such as The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and private developers ranging from The Related Companies and Brookfield Properties to Madison Square Garden.

John also advises public-private partnerships – such as the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation and the Alliance for Downtown New York – and public entities, including municipal agencies in Columbus, Ohio and Washington, D.C. He has long supported reuse plans for the High Line rail viaduct, now New York City’s premiere new open space. John was recently named Board Chair of the Friends of the High Line. In the nation’s capitol, he led efforts to redevelop the downtown core and the Anacostia Waterfront. His plan for the Waterfront won the coveted 2005 Honor Award for Urban Design from the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Architects.

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