Talk: Beyond the High Line: Transforming Fresh Kills, Staten Island

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Monday, September 23, 2013 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Talk: Beyond the High Line: Transforming Fresh Kills, Staten Island


The High Line gets a lot of hype, but it is just one example of the many ways community leaders and creative thinkers are reimagining public space. Stop by for a special panel discussion at the second in a series of three free talks about adaptive reuse projects and public open space around the world.

Fresh Kills landfill, once the largest landfill in the world, is being transformed into Freshkills Park, one of New York City’s largest public parks. Hear James Corner, of James Corner Field Operations, and Eloise Hirsh, of the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, discuss plans for public access to the area’s creeks, wetlands, meadows, and sweeping vistas.

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

This High Line Program is free and open to visitors of all ages. No RSVP required. A free reception with the speakers will follow the presentation.

Stay for dinner and dessert after the talk. On the High Line between West 15th and West 16th Streets you will find tacos, gelato, ice pops, and more seasonal treats from our food vendors, as well as Terroir at The Porch, a full-service, open-air café serving beer, wine, and small plates with sweeping views of the Hudson River. Learn more

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About James Corner | James Corner Field Operations
James is a registered landscape architect and urban designer, and founder and director of James Corner Field Operations, where he oversees the production of all design projects in the office. The lead designers of the High Line park, James Corner Field Operations is also leading the design of Freshkills Park on Staten Island. He is a professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Design, where he was also chair for over a decade until this year. He was educated at Manchester Metropolitan University, England (BA with first class honors) and the University of Pennsylvania (MLA/UD).

About Eloise Hirsh | NYC Department of Parks & Recreation
Eloise Hirsh was appointed Administrator of Freshkills Park in 2006. She had recently returned from 18 years in Pittsburgh where she had been the Director of City Planning, as well as leading projects on open space preservation, transportation, and public education. Prior to that, Eloise had spent 20 years in New York City Government in a variety of positions, her favorite being First Deputy Commissioner at the Parks Department during the time of the founding of the Central Park Conservancy and Prospect Park Alliance. She has taught at Carnegie Mellon, the University of Pittsburgh, and NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.

Beyond the High Line is presented by Friends of the High Line. Beyond the High Line is made possible with support from The Seed Fund. Media partnership is provided by Next City