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Join FHL and the Meatpacking District Initiative for a free panel discussion by architects and designers currently working on projects near the High Line. Panelists include Dan Wood of WORKac (Diane von Furstenberg building), Morris Adijmi of MA (Theory building), Todd Schliemann of Polshek Partnership (Standard Hotel), Scott Newman of Cooper Robertson (Whitney Museum with Renzo Piano), as well as the High Line designer Lisa Switkin of Field Operations. Moderated by Julie Iovine of The Architects Newspaper. This event is part of Meatpacking District Design Week.

RSVP is required.

Architecture Around the High Line
Friday, May 18, 4:00 PM
Bumble & bumble Auditorium
415 West 13th Street, 3rd Floor
(between Ninth Avenue and Washington Street)
RSVP


On Tuesday, May 8, more than 100 High Line supporters turned out to a public meeting on the future of the West Side Rail Yards. As you may know, the rail yards section of the High Line (from 30th to 34th Street) is threatened with demolition, even as the southern, railbanked section (from Gansevoort to 30th Street) is under construction as a new park.

Design guidelines presented by HYDC Tuesday night showed an option (left) with the historic High Line preserved along 12th Avenue and an option (right) with the structure torn down and replaced with an extension of the platform over the tracks.
 
The big news of the night: the MTA, which owns the rail yards, announced for the first time that it supports the goal of preserving the High Line structure, if doing so does not present major unforseen costs or obstruct construction on the site. This marks a major advance in our efforts to preserve the High Line at the rail yards, but it does not mean that the future of this part of the High Line is secure. Friends of the High Line must continue to work in upcoming weeks and months to ensure that the entire historic structure of the High Line is preserved at the rail yards. If you are interested in volunteering to help us in this effort, email donate online.

The larger purpose of the May 8 meeting, which was hosted by the Hudson Yards Development Corporation (HYDC) and Community Board 4 was to publicly present, for the first time, design guidelines for the site, created by HYDC.

Download the design guidelines.

In May or June, the MTA will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP), and developers will begin to assemble plans and bids. The presence of so many of FHL's supporters made a big impact on Tuesday night. Thanks to all who attended. Thanks also to Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who spoke at the meeting and voiced his strong support for preservation of the High Line at the rail yards.

Today, Crain's New York Business ran an article in which sources argued that the High Line should be demolished at the rail yards because it would "impede development," citing reasons that Friends of the High Line has already investigated and disproved. For instance, it was asserted that the High Line would make it difficult for builders to bring cranes to the site. Our expert consultants have studied this question and found that even the largest cranes can fit under the High Line. In a future email newsletter, we will offer our response to each of the arguments presented in today's Crain's article (available to online subscribers). Our assessments show that the High Line creates no major cost obstacles to building at the site and that there is currently no credible rationale for its demolition.

Links to several media reports are below. The articles are varied in their focus and in their level of optimism about the High Line's future. As you can see, this is a complex and sometimes confusing issue, and we welcome your questions. Please email railyards@thehighline.org with any questions or concerns.

Read the New York Post article.
Read the New York Sun article.
Read the New York Observer article.
Read the Real Deal article.

Watch our email newsletter for further updates around this important issue.

 
 
James Corner, landscape architect and urban designer, will give a free design presentation featuring Field Operations' work at Fresh Kills (pictured at right), the landfill on Staten Island being converted to parkland, and the High Line. Corner is the founder and director of Field Operations, team lead on the High Line design team, working with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro. This presentation is being held in conjunction with the High Line Festival, curated by David Bowie and running through May 19.

RSVP is required.

High Line Design Presentation with James Corner
Tonight: May 14, 6:30 PM
Great Hall, Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street at Third Avenue
RSVP


  One-third of the High Line is threatened with demolition at the West Side Rail Yards. You can help us save it.

Support the High Line by attending a public forum on the development of the West Side Rail Yards, hosted by Hudson Yards Development Corporation (HYDC) and Manhattan Community Board 4. By attending, you’ll help us show the MTA, owners of the rail yards, how important it is to preserve the High Line at the site.

West Side Rail Yards: Public Forum
Tuesday, May 8
6:00 PM (come early to be assured a seat)
Hartley House
413 West 46th Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues)


PLEASE RSVP to railyards@thehighline.org so we can update you as necessary.

  We're bringing the Summer Benefit back to the High Line neighborhood.
On Wednesday evening, June 20, we'll meet for cocktails at the new Frank Gehry-designed IAC building. Then we'll cross 19th Street for dinner at David Zwirner gallery. After dinner, join us for desserts, dancing, and late-night brasserie fare at the Highliners Summer Party, which will be held back at IAC, hosted by our new young supporters group, the Highliners. Admission to the Highliners Summer Party is included with a table or dinner ticket purchase, or you can buy a separate ticket just to the Highliners Summer Party.

And back by popular demand: the High Line umbrella – a new, artist-designed version is this year's event gift.

There are several ways to help and be listed on the invitation:

  • Highliners Summer Party host (buy a $250 ticket – dinner not included; party starts at 9:30 PM)
  • Dinner host (buy two $1,000 dinner tickets)
  • Benefit committee and table host (starting at $15,000)
To be listed on the invitation, please contact Tara Morris at tara@thehighline.org or (212) 206-9922, or buy your tickets online before the end of the day Monday, May 7.

We are only mailing Summer Benefit invitations to our current financial supporters. If you are not currently a donor and would like to receive a mailed invitation, please contact Tara Morris at tara@thehighline.org or (212) 206-9922.

Special thanks to our Benefit Sponsors:
Theory, Millennium Partners, Handel Architects LLP
domino magazine, Extell Development Company, IAC, Moët Hennessey USA, Select Equity Group, The Standard, Taconic Investment Partners LLC

(list current as of May 3)

  One-third of the High Line is threatened with demolition at the West Side Rail Yards. You can help us save it.

Support the High Line by attending a public forum on the development of the West Side Rail Yards, hosted by Hudson Yards Development Corporation (HYDC) and Manhattan Community Board 4.

West Side Rail Yards: Public Forum
Tuesday, May 8
6:00 PM
(Come early to be assured a seat)
Hartley House
413 West 46th Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues)


PLEASE RSVP to railyards@thehighline.org so we can update you as necessary.

This will be the first public presentation of proposed design guidelines for the rail yards. You’ll learn more about the rail yards redevelopment – one of the most important planning issues facing New York City today. The presentation will address many issues, including building heights, density, uses, affordable housing, and open space. It will also show the current plans for the High Line at the site: whether preservation of the historic structure will be mandated or whether developers will be allowed to demolish the High Line north of 30th Street.

Note: The High Line between Gansevoort Street and West 30th Street is secure, under City ownership, and under construction to become a public park. We thank Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the New York City Council, and Speaker Christine Quinn for the success and momentum of the project below 30th Street and crucial funding. Major funds for the High Line below 30th Street have also come from Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. But the rail yards section, which includes many of the most beautiful vistas on the High Line, is not secure. Its future will be determined in the planning process for the West Side Rail Yards.

Come to the public forum. Now is our chance to show the MTA, which owns the rail yards, how important it is to preserve the High Line at the site.

We need your support. Please email railyards@thehighline.org if you can attend.

Sign up now to join us at our public programming events this spring. Unless noted, events are free, but RSVP is required.

May 12: Gowanus Canoe Tour
FHL joins the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club and the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative to host a day of canoe tours on the Gowanus Canal. This former industrial waterway in Brooklyn is slated to undergo revitalization and habitat restoration in the coming years. Tours begin at 10:00 AM and 12:00 Noon, and space is very limited. RSVP for meeting location.

May 10, 13, 15, and 16: High Line Historical Walking Tours
Architectural historian Matt Postal will lead four street–level walking tours focused on the High Line's former use as a rail viaduct. These tours are offered in conjunction with the David Bowie–curated High Line Festival. All tours begin at 5:30 PM except 5/13, which begins at 1:00 PM. Tours last approximately 90 minutes. Cost is $8, payable at the event. RSVP for meeting location.

May 19: West Side Improvement Bike Tour
Architectural historian Matt Postal will lead a bike tour of the sites along the Hudson River waterfront that were part of the West Side Improvement, the massive 1930's public works project that included the High Line. This tour is presented as park of Bike Month NYC. Tour begins at 1:00 PM and space is very limited. RSVP for meeting location.

May 24: High Line Designers Lecture, featuring Ricardo Scofidio
FHL continues its series of design talks with members of the High Line design team. Architect Ricardo Scofidio, principal at the firm of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, will focus on some of the firm's other work, including the recently–opened Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. The lecture will be held in the lobby of the new Frank Gehry-designed IAC headquarters. Lecture begins at 6:30 PM. RSVP required.

This Saturday, FHL presents the next in a series of Chelsea gallery tours led by art world leaders. Debra Singer, Executive Director and Chief Curator of The Kitchen, will lead High Line supporters on a walking tour of her favorite Chelsea galleries. This tour is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP for meeting location.

Read an interview with Debra Singer.

West Chelsea Gallery Tour
Saturday, April 28
2:00 PM
RSVP required


Please save Tuesday, May 8, on your calendar. In an important public forum that evening (time and location to be announced), the Hudson Yards Development Corporation (HYDC) and the MTA will publicly present proposed design guidelines for the West Side Rail Yards, where one-third of the historic High Line structure is located.

The future of this part of the High Line (30th – 34th Streets, between 10th and 12th Avenues) remains unresolved.

The City secured the section below 30th Street in 2005, and Section 1 of the High Line is projected to open in 2008, thanks in large part to the leadership of the Bloomberg administration, which has engaged Friends of the High Line in a productive exchange.

But above 30th Street, the future of the High Line depends on how the MTA-owned rail yards are developed.

At the May 8 meeting, the public will see design guidelines for the rail yards for the first time. We hope High Line supporters will attend this important meeting.

Time and location details will follow in a subsequent email newsletter.

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The Chelsea Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project is now taking applications for its 8th season. The CSA brings afordable, locally grown, organic produce from Stoneledge Farm, in the Hudson Valley, to community residents. Community members join by signing up at the beginning of the growing season for a weekly share of vegetables or fruit (a vegetable share typically covers a family of 3 to 4, and shares may be split). Produce is delivered weekly for about 24 weeks to Hudson Guild. CSA members sign up for 2 to 4 volunteer shifts during the season. Members may also choose to subsidize a share for a low-income family in the community.

For 50 years, the High Line brought produce and other agricultural goods from upstate New York and the Hudson Valley to Manhattan's West Side. The CSA program re-establishes this vital connection between farm and city by allowing New Yorkers to buy their food directly from the people who grow it. FHL's staff is pleased to participate in the CSA program with the purchase of several shares for 2007. The Chelsea CSA is part of a city-wide CSA program supporting small organic farms and encouraging New Yorkers to eat locally. Information about CSAs in other neighborhoods can be found at www.justfood.org/csa.

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