Major New York Times Op-Ed Article Urges High Line Reuse as Public Open Space

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Major New York Times Op-Ed Article Urges High Line Reuse as Public Open Space

On Sunday, November 2, 2003, the New York Times ran a major op-ed article by Kenneth T. Jackson strongly urging New Yorkers and elected officials to convert the High Line to an elevated public open space.

To read the op-ed article, click here.

The article was remarkable both for the elegance of Jackson's essay and the beauty of accompanying photographs by Abelardo Morell. The photos and text together occupied the majority of the op-ed page, which is one of the most influential opinion pages in any American newspaper.

We still need your help. The preservation and reuse of the High Line is not yet a done deal, as Jackson noted in his essay. Friends of the High Line needs to secure an endorsement from the State of New York, a federal approval, and millions of dollars for rehabilitation and construction. That's why press support like this op-ed article is so important – and why your support is so important.

"The High Line can be another story of redemption in New York," writes Jackson, comparing the conversion of the High Line to the renovation of the Tweed Courthouse. Please help us make Jackson's words come true – by making an online donation to Friends of the High Line, or by signing up to volunteer.

Jackson is professor of history at Columbia University, president of the New-York Historical Society, and editor of The Encyclopedia of New York City. Abelardo Morell's photographs have been exhibited and collected by major museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago. He is professor of art at Massachusetts College of Art and author of A Book of Books.

Only one of Morell's photographs is included in the online version of the New York Times op-ed article. FHL hopes to post more of Morell's photos of the High Line in the near future.