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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.

On Tuesday, October 14, the New York Times featured plans for a new building by Frank Gehry proposed for the High Line neighborhood. The building would house offices for Barry Diller's InterActiveGroup – a group of Internet businesses with a travel focus. To read the New York Times article by Herbert Muschamp, click here.

Manhattan Community Board No. 4 is seeking ideas from the public for the reuse of Pier 57, on the Hudson River waterfront, in the High Line neighborhood. Like the High Line, Pier 57 is an important piece New York City's infrastructure, and its reuse can be another example of the roles that monuments to Manhattan's industrial and transportation history can play in the city's future vitality.

Manhattan CB4's open call for ideas:
http://www.manhattancb4.org/pdf_files/P57RFI1form.pdf

On Friday, December 12, Friends of the High Line will throw a benefit party at crobar, a brand-new nightclub in West Chelsea. Please save the date – you won't want to miss this fabulous debut of Friends of the High Line in the wild world of West Chelsea nightlife. An invitation will follow…

October 2, the City of New York filed a request to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to hold in abeyance STB action regarding the "rail-banking" of the High Line while the City holds discussions with affected stakeholders to resolve outstanding issues. The STB has granted the request, giving the City until January 5, 2004, to come back to the Board.

What does this mean? As many of you know, "rail-banking" the High Line (converting it to public open space through federal rails-to-trails legislation) requires approval from the STB, which has jurisdiction over all interstate rail lines. In December 2002, the City of New York formally started the process by filing a request with the STB for a Certificate of Interim Trail Use (CITU) for the High Line. A group of underlying property owners contested the legality of a CITU in this particular case, and the matter was the subject of a July 2003 hearing by the STB in New York City. By requesting the abeyance, the City hopes to engage in discussions with the affected stakeholders, including FHL, the railroads involved, relevant State agencies, and underlying property owners, with the aim of coming back to the STB with consensus. FHL will continue to keep you informed about the progress of this important issue.

The RSVP deadline for the High Line Community Input Forum has been extended until tomorrow. Please e-mail the office immediately if you would like to participate.

High Line Community Input Forum
Tuesday, October 28
7:00 – 10:00 PM
FREE
Metropolitan Pavilion, 110 West 19th Street
RSVP by October 21
to olivia@thehighline.org. (Be sure to include full contact information - name, address, phone, and e-mail.)

Join FHL on October 28 for a public discussion of design objectives for the High Line's conversion to public space. A design for the High Line will be created during the next 12 months. This is your opportunity to voice your ideas, visions, and concerns at the very start of the process.

At the forum, participants will review proposals created in the Designing the High Line competition, share ideas, express priorities, and determine a set of community goals for the High Line's design. These community goals will ultimately be given to prospective design teams as part of a formal Request for Proposals.


Forum Program Schedule:

6:30 PM Participants check-in. Review competition entries, view video, place comments on Post-it notes on competition entries if desired.

7:15 PM Introduction by Friends of the High Line.

7:35 PM Presentation by John Alschuler, of Hamilton Rabinovitz & Alschuler.

8:05 PM Split into groups of 9, each led by a moderator, for discussion.

9:00 PM Break.

9:10 PM Discussion groups report back to the assembled forum.

You must RSVP to participate! (Be sure to include full contact information - name, address, phone, and e-mail.)

Five winning entrants from the Designing the High Line competition will speak at an event hosted by Architects, Designers, Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR), Planners Network, and Pratt GCPE.

Wednesday, October 15, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Pratt Manhattan, 144 West 14th Street, Room 213
To attend for CES/HSW credit: $15 for ADPSR members, $20 for non-members
Non-credit attendees: Free
Reservations: send e-mail to adpsrevent@aol.com, or call (212) 539-7650

Wine and cheese will be served starting at 6 PM for the half-hour prior to the event.

Competition entrants participating:
Matthew Greer (with Karin Taylor); Barbara Wilks (with Alex Washburn and Michael Hsiung), W Architecture; Elisabeth Saint-Amand (with Lise Anderson); Linda Pollak (with Sandro Marpillero, Lisa Switkin, Sven Dahlsgaard and Thea Hoffman), MPSSH Studio; Peter Coombe (with Anne Lewison, Jennifer Sage, Russ Wooten, Ben Koenig, Julia Stanat, and Kit Yan), Sage and Coombe Architects.

Friends of the High Line (FHL) regrets that it failed to credit the creator of a copyrighted map that appeared (in a redrawn version) in one of the winning entries to Designing the High Line, our ideas competition. The map, which detailed all the swimming pools in Manhattan, was included in Nathalie Rinne's entry #335, which proposed turning the entire Line into a swimming pool. The map was originally researched and drawn by Kathy Forer. Because of when it was first drawn, it includes a pool that no longer exists at the World Trade Center site. FHL apologizes if any offense was caused by that pool's inclusion. FHL thanks Ms. Forer for her permission allowing FHL to include the map in publicly distributed reproductions of Ms. Rinne's competition entry.

Our October 28 High Line Community Input Forum will take place in space generously provided to Friends of the High Line by Metropolitan Pavilion.

Metropolitan Pavilion is Manhattan's premier medium-sized event space, offering 3 rooms in one location. Winner of Event Solution Magazine's Spotlight Award for 2003's Best National Event Space, Metropolitan Pavilion is an ideal place for holiday parties. It can accommodate events for 50 to 1,600 guests. Its street-level space features polished oak floors and original turn-of-the-century architectural highlights. Its 4th floor Gallery is an intimate space with a gleaming white epoxy resin floor. It gets natural sunlight from 3 sides.

To learn more, click here. Or call Fred at (212) 463-0071. Mention you're a Friend of the High Line.

Please join FHL on October 28 for a public discussion of design objectives for the High Line's conversion to public space. A design for the High Line will be created during the next 12 months. This is your opportunity to voice your ideas, visions, and concerns at the very start of the process.

At the forum, participants will review proposals created in the Designing the High Line competition, share ideas, express priorities, and determine a set of community goals for the High Line's design. These community goals will ultimately be given to prospective design teams as part of a formal Request for Proposals.

Tuesday, October 28, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Metropolitan Pavilion
110 West 19th Street (6th/7th Avenues)
RSVP by October 20 to Olivia Stinson at olivia@thehighline.org or (212) 631-9188


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