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For the second year, Friends of the High Line is working with openhousenewyork to introduce New Yorkers to the High Line. openhousenewyork works to bring the public to important city sites that are usually off-limits. This year, thanks to our partners at the City of New York, FHL will offer viewings of the High Line's elevated rail bed from a City-owned building in the Meatpacking District. While the High Line structure itself is still managed by CSX railroad, and we cannot actually bring people on the rail-bed itself, we will take visitors up through an out-of-use meat processing plant to a freight-car siding overlooking the Line, which is overgrown with meadow grasses and wildflowers. It's the first time we've ever been able to offer the general public such a close view of the mysterious wildscape atop the High Line. We hope you will visit us – and other openhousenewyork sites. Please note: Visitors will be accommodated on a first-come first-serve basis. All visitors will be asked to sign a release prior to entering the site. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate children under 12.

Special thanks to the New York City Economic Development Corporation for making this site available to the public.

openhousenewyork High Line viewings
820 Washington Street (at the corner of Gansevoort)
Subway: A, C, E to 14th Street
Bus: M11, M14A, M14D
Saturday, October 9, 10am – 4pm
Sunday, October 10, 1pm – 4pm
For more information, visit and

Please note: The High Line structure is still privately owned; it is not open to the public at this time. Please do not trespass.

Today Nicolai Ouroussoff, the new architecture critic at the New York Times, made his Times debut with an article about the High Line and the design team selection process. FHL is honored that Mr. Ouroussoff chose to make the High Line the subject of his first column in the Times. We thank him and the Times for the continued attention they've brought to the High Line project.

In his article, Ouroussoff reports that FHL and the City have made a preliminary selection of a team to design the High Line master plan. Indeed FHL and its partners at the City have made a preliminary selection, but further discussions and negotiations must take place before the final selection can be formally announced. We expect that the official announcement will be made in mid-September.

FHL and the City also stress that a team is being selected at this point in the process – not a final design. The proposals of each of the four finalist teams illustrated their proposed approaches to the High Line, but the master plan itself will be developed in close consultation with the surrounding community and the public at large throughout fall and winter 2004-5. The first public design meetings will be announced at the same time that the official team selection is announced, in mid-September. All updates about the design process as it moves forward will be distributed via this e-mail newsletter.

Read the August 12th New York Times Article.

FHL supporters who've never seen the Promenade Plantée – the elevated rail structure in Paris that was converted to a park during the 1990s – should make a point of going to "Before Sunset", starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, now in theaters nationwide. A significant portion of "Before Sunset" was shot at the Promenade Plantée. This popular Parisian park is a vivid example of the feasibility and desirability of reusing elevated rail infrastructure as public open space. It shows how access systems can be created; how safe, secure, beautiful public environments can be designed for elevated rail beds; and – most importantly – that parks on elevated rail structures will be well-used by residents and visitors. View more about "Before Sunset". View more about the Promenade Plantée on FHL's Web site. View more about the Promenade Plantée from its Web site.

FHL is pleased to announce the launch of its new, completely redesigned Web site, created by Robert Greenhood, of Greenhood & Company, with support from FHL's administrative assistant Scott Dubois. It's a comprehensive resource for anyone interested in the High Line, containing detailed history of the High Line and FHL, compilations of design ideas from FHL's 2003 ideas competition, compilations of visual material from the 2004 design team selection process, archives of recent press, archives of past FHL E-Mail Newsletters, photographs, and many other materials.

View the redesigned

4 Teams 4 Visions, the exhibition of the four finalist teams and their design approaches to the High Line master plan, has been extended. It will now close on Thursday, September 2 (instead of August 14, as originally scheduled). FHL extends its gratitude to the Center for Architecture for providing a home for this important exhibition.

Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place (between Bleecker and West 3rd Streets)
New York, NY 10012
Exhibition Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-8pm; Sat, 11am-5pm

You are invited to attend a breakfast and panel discussion on Tuesday, July 27, at the Center for Architecture, about new and existing parks and open spaces and their relationship to plans for redevelopment on the far West Side and the proposed New York Sports and Convention Center. Panelists include FHL's Robert Hammond; Dan Biederman, Bryant Park Restoration Corporation; Kent Barwick, Hon AIA NYC, Municipal Art Society; and Al Butzel, Friends of Hudson River Park.

When: Tuesday, July 27, 2004
Breakfast: 8:00 PM
Program: 8:30 PM

Where: Center for Architecture Lecture Hall
536 LaGuardia Place (between Bleecker & West 3rd Streets)

RSVP: or (212) 358-6111.

The four finalists and their design approaches to the High Line master plan, as well as the July 14 summer benefit, received major media attention in recent weeks, including articles in the New York Times, the New York Post, Newsday, the New Yorker, Time Out New York, the New York Sun, and many other publications. The visions were also featured on WABC TV, WNBC TV, Fox 5 News, NY1, and WNYC's Leonard Lopate show.

Special thanks go to RF/Binder Partners for media outreach for 4 Teams 4 Visions and the larger High Line project; and to Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler, Martha Carrozza, Beth Amorosi, and Sara Bliss for helping to publicize the July 14 summer benefit.

The High Line project has enjoyed an exciting and productive month. Our July 14 summer benefit drew sold-out crowds to cocktails at Diane von Furstenberg Studio and dinner at Phillips de Pury & Company. Then, on July 15, a standing-room-only crowd filled the Center for Architecture for the opening night panel discussion for 4 Teams 4 Visions, moderated by Kurt Andersen. It was the biggest turnout that the Center for Architecture has ever experienced at a programmed event.

Hundreds of generous individuals, organizations, and businesses made this month such a spectacular one.

Special thanks for the July 14 benefit go to IAC/InterActiveCorp, title sponsor; Con Edison, for lighting the High Line; Diane Von Furstenberg Studio and Phillips de Pury & Company for their event spaces; Van Wyck and Van Wyck, for making the event so beautiful; and all the generous benefit guests for supporting this historic effort to create a great new public open space on Manhattan's West Side.

Thanks for the 4 Teams 4 Visions exhibition and panel discussion at the Center for Architecture go first and foremost to the four finalist teams who've spent many months defining their design approaches to the High Line. Only one team will be selected, but the creative visions of all the teams have greatly expanded our understanding of the High Line and what is needed to make it one of the world's most beautiful and intriguing public open spaces.

Special thanks for the exhibition and panel discussion also go to AIA New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture, for hosting the exhibition; the American Express Company, exhibition sponsor; and panel moderator Kurt Andersen.

Four design visions for the High Line, each created by a different team of world-renowned architects, landscape architects, engineers, artists, and other professionals, are now on view at the Center for Architecture until August 14. Admission is free. View 4 Teams 4 Visions invitation with team listings

Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place (between Bleecker and Third Streets)
Monday – Friday, 9am – 8pm
Saturday, 11am – 5pm

One of the four teams will be selected later this summer to create a master plan for the High Line's transformation into public open space. The exhibition comes near the end of a team selection process that began in March, 2004, jointly run by Friends of the High Line and the City of New York. It's important to note that FHL and the City will be selecting a design team, not a final plan. The visions on display show the proposed design approaches of each team, but the master plan itself will be developed by the selected team starting this fall, with many opportunities for the public to play an active role. Updates about the design process and invitations to planning sessions will be distributed via this e-mail newsletter.

The design visions of the four finalist teams seeking to create the High Line master plan can now be viewed online. Special thanks go to Robert Greenhood, of Greenhood & Company, for the technical expertise and services that have brought these amazing visions to the widest possible audience.

View 4 Teams 4 Visions Master Plan Approaches