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On February 13, more than 300 people attended a High Line design presentation at the Cedar Lake Theater in West Chelsea. After the presentation, members of the design team, FHL, and the City of New York answered questions from the audience. Attendees were also encouraged to submit their questions in writing. The Q & A from the presentation is now available.

View the Q & A

Read the Villager Article about the Design Presentation.

Please join FHL and the City of New York for a special public lecture by Piet Oudolf, planting designer for the High Line design team. The lecture will focus on Oudolf's collaboration with the design team Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Piet Oudolf is among the world's most innovative planting designers, and he was one of the first to introduce large-scale perennial plantings into public landscapes. His planned plantings for the High Line are inspired by the self-seeded landscape on the elevated track bed today. Proposed plant communities combine existing and new species to increase diversity and resilience.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. Wednesday, April 5, 2006
6:00 PM
Cedar Lake Theater
547 West 26th Street
(Between 10th & 11th Avenues)

RSVP by April 3 to or (212) 206-9922

Eyebeam, an arts organization in Chelsea, is teaming with Helsinki-based artist Liisa Roberts to create a series of very short films based on individuals' experiences and visions of the High Line. Roberts writes:

"For many, the elevated West Side rail line has been a secret garden among New York City's bustling street life and this undocumented aspect of its history can be saved alongside its future life as a public park. This project will attempt to archive the unique personal significance the High Line represents for many community residents."

Roberts and Eyebeam are looking for participants who are interested in contributing stories, developing them into storyboards and working on visualization at Eyebeam's production studios. For more information, e-mail or call Masha at (646) 201-3843.

Please respond by April 7, 2006.

  Earlier this month, the City's team of contractors began pre-construction work on the southern end of the High Line, the first section to be converted into public open space. The contractors began by installing protective fencing around the decorative railings on the High Line's southern end at Gansevoort Street. The fencing is intended to protect and preserve the High Line's iconic steel railings during the first phase of construction. Additional pre-construction work involves removal and storage of material and debris currently on the Line. Phase I of construction (site preparation on Gansevoort to 20th Streets) is officially set to begin on April 10, with a Groundbreaking ceremony.

Please join the City of New York and Friends of the High Line at the Cedar Lake Theater for a High Line design update from Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the design team currently at work on plans for the High Line's transform-ation to public open space. The presentation will focus on the schematic design for the first section of the Line to be constructed, from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street. Much new material has been developed since the last Public Design Presentation, in May 2005 (read the Q & A from the May Design Presentation). The presentation will be followed by an open question-and-answer session. The team's schematic design will continue to evolve, under the guidance of the City of New York and Friends of the High Line, in the subsequent design development phase, and community input will play a vital role in this process.

Space is limited and reservations are required, so RSVP by February 10 to secure your seat.

High Line Public Design Presentation
Monday, February 13, 6:30pm
RSVP by February 10:

Cedar Lake Theater
547 West 26th Street (Between 10th and 11th Avenues)
Subway: Take C, E to 8th Avenue and 23rd Street
Bus: M23 Crosstown to 10th Avenue

Thanks to Cedar Lake for the use of their new theater. Cedar Lake is a New York-based contemporary ballet company dedicated to bringing attention to the talent of recognized and emerging choreographers.

As we prepare for the much-anticipated start of construction on the High Line, you may notice activity on the High Line in the coming month. Protective fencing will be constructed by the City's contractors on the High Line from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street—the first section of the Line to be transformed. This fencing will protect the structure's iconic steel railings during construction. It will also protect workers on the High Line and people on the streets below. A precise start-date for the construction itself has not been identified, but we expect that work will begin in the next few months.

Following these preparations, construction of Section 1 will include two separate scopes of work: site preparation (2006-2007), followed by construction of the access systems and public landscape (2007-2008). Site preparation will include removal and storage of railroad tracks; removal of gravel ballast; steel and concrete repair; abatement and painting of steel; repairs to the drainage system; and pigeon mitigation.

It's important to note that much of the self-sown landscape currently atop the High Line must be removed to permit repairs to the underlying structure. This is being done only after careful study of the long-term needs of the High Line structure and the future public amenity. A number of steps will taken to ensure that historic and wild quality of the High Line, as documented in Joel Sternfeld's photographs, is embodied by the future public landscape. Some rails will be returned to their original locations (every inch of rail has been mapped and tagged to enable sections to be reinstalled). And in their landscape design, the design team takes cues from the meadows, thickets, and robust grasses that now grow wild on the High Line. To learn more about plans for the public landscape, please join FHL and the City of New York on Monday, February 13, for a free High Line Public Design Presentation.

FHL encourages you to take pictures of the structure now (from the street or from adjoining buildings), before its transformation begins. Take pictures before February 15. Send your favorites to and we will try to post as many as possible on our Web site. Remember: The High Line remains off-limits to the public, and trespassers are subject to prosecution, so please limit yourself to taking pictures from street level or from adjoining buildings.

EnlargeJonathan Flaum
Photographer Jonathan Flaum is currently selling prints from "Off the High Line", his series of High Line photographs in color and black-and-white. All prints are made from medium-format film negatives and are hand-printed. These are not digital prints. The print run is limited to 50, and each print is signed by the artist.

View the Photos

8" x 10" – $250
11" x 14" – $350

For orders or inquires please contact Jonathan Flaum:

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) announced on December 30, 2005, that it acquired an abandoned two-mile-long rail corridor running through St. Louis's Produce Row and conveyed it to the Great Rivers Greenway District. The corridor includes a historic elevated rail structure similar to the High Line. It will be developed by the District into a biking and pedestrian route, connecting densely populated neighborhoods north of downtown to the popular Riverfront Trail along the Mississippi River and the Branch Street Trestle Connector, as well as the McKinley Bridge Bikeway leading into Illinois. Planning and design for the project will begin in 2007, with efforts made to connect it to a larger network of paths throughout Missouri and Illinois.

Read the Press Release

On January 4, New York City Council Representative Christine C. Quinn was elected by her fellow Council Members to be Speaker of the New York City Council. Quinn has represented Manhattan District 3, including Greenwich Village, Chelsea, and Hell's Kitchen/Clinton since 1999. She has been a longtime, vocal advocate for the High Line's preservation as public open space since the start of our efforts. Quinn played a crucial role in the 2005 West Chelsea rezoning, which included important provisions for the High Line's reuse. It was largely thanks to the hard work of Quinn on behalf of her community that affordable housing units were significantly increased in the West Chelsea rezoning and that building heights were reduced along a section of 10th Avenue to respect the context of the Chelsea Historic District. Along with Councilmember Gifford Miller, she also led the passage of a 2001 City Council resolution in support of High Line preservation and reuse. This resolution was the first major governmental backing for the project, and it paved the way for all subsequent High Line victories. She is the first female Speaker, as well as the first openly gay Council Member to hold the position. She has been a tireless ally in our work to create a great new public space on the High Line. Friends of the High Line thanks her for all she has done for us and wishes her much success as City Council Speaker.

Scott Stringer, the new Manhattan Borough President, seeks Urban Planners to join his Land Use, Planning, and Development unit. Among other responsibilities, the Planners will track, evaluate, and make recommendations on land use proposals, and undertake community-based planning activities throughout the borough.

Job requirements include: M.S. of Urban Planning and at least two years of work experience, preferably with government, civic, or community-based organizations. Please visit for full job description and instructions on how to apply.

Dia Art Foundation is seeking a highly organized, detail-oriented individual to join Dia as Public Affairs Associate. This position serves as primary contact for press and public information by managing media and public communications for Dia's New York City and Beacon, New York, museums and other existing facilities and programs.

The ideal candidate will have 2+ years experience working in a museum, non-profit, or contemporary art gallery; strong writing and communication skills; knowledge of contemporary art; and attention to detail and accuracy.
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