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"The High Line", the beautiful, 12-minute documentary film produced and directed by John Zieman, can now be viewed online, free of charge. View the Film The film was originally made as part of the "Designing the High Line" exhibition at Grand Central Terminal in summer 2003. It features lush footage of the High Line's elevated rail deck and interviews with actor Edward Norton, designer Diane von Furstenberg, photographer Joel Sternfeld, architect Steven Holl, New York City Council Speaker Gifford Miller, students from the High School of Environmental Science, and FHL co-founders Robert Hammond and Joshua David.

This film is always available for viewing at the Friends of the High Line Web site. The film can also be purchased in DVD or VHS format from Friends of the High Line for $15, including shipping. To purchase film, e-mail Rick Little: rick@thehighline.org.

CSX, the railroad that currently owns the High Line, is permitting FHL to bring a limited number of volunteers up on to the Line's elevated rail bed to remove trash that has accumulated over the years. By volunteering to help, you'll have a rare opportunity to care for and beautify this unique urban treasure.

WHEN: Saturday April 17, from 10:00am to 3:00pm

WHERE: About 2 blocks of the High Line in the West 20's.(Meeting location to be announced with confirmation to volunteers who sign up)

SIGN-UP: To sign-up for Clean-Up Day, e-mail rick@thehighline.org.

ABOUT CLEAN-UP DAY: Volunteers will be signed up on a first-come first-serve basis for 1-hour time slots. 15 volunteers at a time will be brought up on the Line to help pick up bottles, paper, broken glass, metal, tires, and other refuse. Each group will stay on the Line for approximately 1 hour. FHL will provide all supplies, including bags and heavy-duty work gloves.

The High Line is private property owned by CSX. All participating volunteers will be asked to sign a release form before going onto the Line. There will be no tours on Clean-Up Day. Clean-Up Day activities will be limited to the part of the Line being cleaned. All volunteers MUST be pre-registered for this event. Only those signed up for Clean-Up Day will be allowed on the Line. No one under 18 is allowed on the Line.

Because of the rarity of this opportunity, we expect that all available slots for Clean-Up Day will fill up quickly. So please sign up now if you want to participate.

Special thanks to CSX, Doug Oliver, and Jack Fuchs for making this event possible.

FHL is holding two different auctions to support efforts to create a public open space on the High Line.

July 14 Silent Auction: As part of our July 14 Summer Benefit, FHL is seeking donations for a silent auction featuring fashion, design products, and other items from businesses in the High Line district. The silent auction will complement a fashion show by Diane von Furstenberg and will celebrate the creative energy of businesses of the Meat Packing District, Chelsea, and Hell's Kitchen.

Mid-October Art Auction: Originally planned as a spring event at Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg, FHL's art auction has been rescheduled for mid-October 2004, when it will open Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg's fall schedule. Our thanks go to the artists, collectors, and gallerists who have already donated pieces. We are still soliciting donations for this high-profile event.

To donate a fashion, design, or other item for the July 14 silent auction, or to donate an artwork for the mid-October art auction, please contact Olivia Stinson, (212) 206-9922, x108, or olivia@thehighline.org.

FHL regrets that mailed solicitations for these two auctions did not adequately differentiate between them. If you have any remaining questions about which auction would be more appropriate for you to donate to, please contact Olivia Stinson, (212) 206-9922, x108, or olivia@thehighline.org.

Buy tickets now for FHL's July 14 Summer Benefit – it promises to be our best event ever. Co-chaired by Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Diane von Furstenberg, and Edward Norton, with Alexandre von Furstenberg and Bronson van Wyck heading up the steering committee, the two-part evening begins with a cocktail party and fashion show at Diane von Furstenberg's studio and continues with a gala dinner overlooking the High Line in the galleries of the Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg auction house.

Cocktail party tickets are $150 and up. Benefit tickets (including cocktails and dinner) are $500 and up. Tickets in some price categories will sell out quickly. Buy tickets now to assure your place at this great summer event. Positions are also still available on host committees if you'd like to help us sell tickets.

For further information about the event, sponsorship opportunities, or joining a host committee, please contact:

Juliet Page, Development Director at (212) 206-9922, ext. 360, or juliet@thehighline.org.

As part of a larger effort to bring $43 million in federal transportation funds to New York City, Congressman Jerrold Nadler has included $5 million for the High Line in the House version of the Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (TEA-LU), the six-year federal transportation bill.

We hope all FHL supporters will join us in thanking the Congressman for his instrumental role in making the High Line vision become a reality. FHL would also like to thank the hundreds of supporters who wrote to Congressman Nadler encouraging him to bring federal funding to the High Line. By taking a few minutes to write to your elected representative, you've made a real difference in the future of New York City.

There are still a number of hurdles ahead of us before the funding becomes a reality. The funding must be approved by the Senate in the House/Senate conference, which is the next step in the process. In addition, the overall bill must be signed by the President. FHL will keep you posted on the bill's progress as it moves forward.

Friends of the High Line (FHL) seeks to build on its foundation as a grass-roots, community-based organization through the planning, implementation, and management of an innovatively designed, creatively run community engagement program. A Community Engagement Manager is sought to manage the development and implementation of this program.

    Primary responsibilities of the Community Engagement Manager
    Oversee creation of a community engagement program that sets new standards for the field and is as innovative and creative as the High Line project as a whole, including:
    • Create and manage programs and events that engage community members in development of a design master plan for the High Line (now to Winter 2004/5, in coordination with design team and project manager)

    • Create and manage programs and events that build community engagement with the High Line project as a whole prior the start of construction

    • Attend all meetings of relevant community groups (often evenings)

    • Develop strategy for engaging active participation of lower income, minority, and senior community residents in design, programming, and operating decisions

    • Oversee and expand volunteer program, including volunteer management in public programs such as street fairs and events (often weekends or evenings)
    Desired Experience for Community Engagement Manager
    • 3 years experience in community outreach and engagement, with emphasis on mobilizing lower income and minority groups

    • Familiarity with community-building in lower-income and/or publicly subsidized housing complexes

    • Development and management of volunteer programs
    Salary
    Commensurate with experience

    To Apply
    Send resume, cover letter, and three professional reference contacts via postal mail and/or e-mail to:

    Friends of the High Line Attn: Human Resources - Community Engagement Manager 430 West 14th Street, Suite 304 New York, NY 10014 jobs@thehighline.org

    No phone calls, please.
    FHL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

A design master plan for the High Line's conversion to public open space will be developed between now and Winter 2004/5 under the guidance of a steering committee comprised of representatives from FHL and the City of New York. FHL seeks a Project Manager to manage FHL's role in the master plan's development.

Primary Responsibilities of the Project Manager
  • Act as primary liaison between design team and working group made up of FHL and City representatives

  • Create and manage a schedule of design deliverables, public meetings, site visits, and working group/steering committee review meetings and work sessions

  • Coordinate production of documents requiring input from multiple working group members

  • Research and evaluate NYC code requirements and prepare briefings

  • Manage project budget and City, State, and Federal funding applications

  • Coordinate community input sessions with design team and community representatives

  • Oversee production of all meeting materials and presentation and exhibition materials related to design process
Desired Experience for the Project Manager
  • 3 years work experience in a relevant field(s), including government relations, community outreach, architecture, landscape, and/or planning

  • Excellent project management skills

  • Experience administering contracts

  • Excellent skills in MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, MS Word, and MS Project
  • (or equivalent)
Salary
Commensurate with experience

To Apply
Send resume, cover letter, and three professional reference contacts via postal mail and/or e-mail to:

Friends of the High Line
Attn: Human Resources - Project Manager
430 West 14th Street, Suite 304
New York, NY 10014
jobs@thehighline.org

No phone calls, please.
FHL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

Answers to the first RFQ questions submitted by potential RFQ respondents have been posted on the RFQ Q+A page of the RFQ Web site, http://www.thehighline.org/rfq.

FHL's 4th Annual Summer Benefit, chaired by Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Diane von Furstenberg, and Edward Norton, with Alexandre von Furstenberg and Bronson van Wyck heading up the Steering Committee, will be held the evening of Wednesday, July 14, 2004. It promises to be FHL's best party ever. If you would like to join a benefit committee to help FHL sell tickets, please e-mail or telephone Juliet Page: juliet@thehighline.org or (212) 206-9922, x360.

All questions related to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) issued on March 1, 2004, must be received by Monday, March 15, 2004. Please e-mail questions to rfq@thehighline.org or fax them to (212) 206-9118. Questions will be answered on a rolling basis and posted on the the RFQ Q+A page until Monday, March 22, when the final list of questions and answers will be posted. RFQ Q+A page.

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