Rail Yards Talks: Robert Hammond

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Rail Yards Talks: Robert Hammond

EnlargeStargazing on the High Line

In this public talk, entitled Completing the vision: Saving the High Line at the Rail Yards, Friends of the High Line Co-Founder Robert Hammond will talk about how a crazy idea to transform a derelict elevated railway into public open space became a reality in 10 years, and how advocacy work continues for the final stretch of the historic structure.

In 1999, Robert Hammond co-founded Friends of the High Line with Joshua David to fight for the High Line’s preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition. Friends of the High Line is now the non-profit conservancy working with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to make sure the High Line is maintained as an extraordinary public space for all visitors to enjoy. In addition to overseeing maintenance, operations, and public programming for the park, Friends of the High Line works to raise the essential private funds to support more than 90 percent of the park’s annual operating budget, and to advocate for the preservation and transformation of the High Line at the Rail Yards, the third and final section of the historic structure, which runs between West 30th and West 34th Streets. In this talk and slideshow, Hammond will take the audience on a visual tour of the High Line and the High Line at the Rail Yards, discussing its past, present, and future. A short Q&A will follow the presentation.

14th Street Passage
On the High Line at 14th Street

This High Line Program is free and open to visitors of all ages. No RSVP required. Seating is available on a first-come, first served basis.

Did you miss this event? You can now watch video from this program.

Rail Yards Programs are generously supported by The Tiffany & Co. Foundation, the New York Community Trust—LuEsther T. Mertz Advised Fund, the Greenwall Foundation, and, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.

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