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We hope you will participate in a new FHL project to create and publicly exhibit portraits of High Line friends and supporters. Photographer Tom Kletecka will photograph High Line supporters in front of a Joel Sternfeld High Line backdrop, as he has at several past FHL events. Selected portraits will then be displayed around the High Line neighborhood, mounted to the construction fencing surrounding nearby developments. Portraits will also be archived on a special Web site and possibly used in a publication. Each participant will receive a copy of his or her portrait to keep.

The High Line shows that sometimes even the most unlikely dream can become a reality. Participants in the portrait project will be asked, "What's your dream?" Their answers will appear on the portraits.

Public photographic sessions will take throughout spring 2007. Upcoming sessions are listed below.

This project has been made possible by Fujifilm USA.

Please RSVP to rsvp@thehighline.org. To help us avoid long lines, be sure to include the time you're planning on coming. Please note, we expect many people to come during the lunch hour, so if your schedule allows, please come after 2:00 PM.

Friday, February 9, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Friends of the High Line office
430 West 14th Street, Suite 304 (at Washington Street)
Subway: A, C, E, or L to 14th Street and 8th Avenue

Thursday, February 22, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Public corridor, Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Avenue (between 15th and 16th Streets)
Subway: A, C, E, or L to 14th Street and 8th Avenue

Saturday, March 31, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Dan Carpenter Room, Hudson Guild
2nd Floor
441 West 26th Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues)
Subway: C or E to 23rd Street and 8th Avenue

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Site Preparation construction on the High Line is moving forward on schedule. Approximately half of Section 1 has been sandblasted and painted with a primer coat (blue-gray color). Once the entire Section 1 has been primed, and steel and concrete repairs have been made, crews will return to apply the intermediate and final coats. The final coat (gray-black color) has been applied on one block (17th–18th Streets), so we can now begin to see what the rehabilitated and restored High Line will look like.

In addition to the sandblasting and painting, the Site Prep work includes repairs to steel and concrete. For example, concrete has been removed from the bases of many of the columns, and rusted rivets have been removed and replaced. Other work involves the installation of a new underside drainage system, and installation of bird deterrents – a simple sloped piece of metal that prevents birds from roosting.

The Site Prep contract will be complete this summer, to be followed by the construction of the new park landscape and access points.

View more construction photos.

Robert Moses
Three New York City institutions are joining to present a series of exhibitions and talks on the legacy of Robert Moses. Moses' connection with the High Line comes through his work on the West Side Improvement Project, which was well documented in The Power Broker by historian and FHL supporter Robert Caro.

The Museum of the City of New York will hold "Remaking the Metropolis" through May. Additionally, Columbia University's Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery is holding an exhibition called "Slum Clearance and the Superblock Solution," which runs through April 14, and the Queens Museum of Art holds a corresponding exhibition through May. The curator of all three exhibitions is Columbia University architectural historian Hilary Ballon.

Read the New York Times article.

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The effort to save the High Line at the West Side Rail Yards continues. On December 7, FHL hosted a community forum at Chelsea Market, attended by over 200 people, to raise awareness of the issue and gather public opinion. The forum included a presentation of the civic and economic benefits offered by the High Line at the rail yards.

Some of the reasons why preservation of the High Line should be mandated as part of the development of the rail yards:
  • The rail yards section represents 31% of the total High Line.
  • The High Line is a critical link in the open space network connecting Hudson River Park and the neighborhoods of the West Side.
  • The High Line is an invaluable historic resource. The lesson of Penn Station is only two blocks away and should not be repeated.
  • The High Line will provide the new neighborhood with character and identity that will anchor it to its specific place and history.
  • The High Line adds real value to the rail yards site, which is owned by the MTA. It would be bad fiscal policy on the part of the State to permit its demolition.
Forum attendees were overwhelmingly supportive of preservation, and the vast majority of them were shocked at the possibility of demolition:
  • "The High Line is the most vital park and real estate project to have occurred in New York in several years. Preserving the High Line preserves the history and character of the West Side."
  • "It will be a historic bridge—both figuratively to the past, and literally to the river."
  • The High Line at the rail yards has an "iconic beauty."
In reaction to the idea that the High Line could be replaced by a new elevated structure:
  • "BAD IDEA."
  • "The High Line, not the Faux Line."
  • "Unthinkable!"
  • "This would ruin one of the best aspects of the High Line, which is its authenticity and integrity."
  • "It completely devalues the power and history of the High Line."
The risk of demolition, however, is real, and your support in our fight for preservation is of critical importance. FHL is continuing to work with all decision-makers and stakeholders (City, State, elected officials, community leaders) to raise awareness of the importance of the High Line in this location. Your support in this effort will be critical in the coming months as these discussions continue.

Read the New York Post article: "Rail Shot At Prosperity – High Line Plan A $174M Boost"

The rail yards study is made possibly by the A.G. Foundation, the Greenacre Foundation, the Leon Levy Foundation, and Donald Pels and Wendy Keys. Additional support comes from Douglaston Development, Extell Development Corp., the Georgetown Company, and the Related Companies.

Positive media coverage continues for the High Line project, which was prominently featured in an article in the January 29 issue of Time magazine. In his review of the new Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, architecture critic Richard Lacayo named the sculpture park and the High Line as two key examples of a movement in landscape design in which industrial sites are redeveloped as parkland. Lacayo writes that the High Line will "remind visitors of the processes of decay and renewal basic to the metabolism of any city," and will be "an ingenious contribution to that historic dialogue between the natural and the manufactured." The article features a design rendering of the High Line alongside a historic photograph of a train running atop the structure.

Read the Time magazine article.

On February 25, FHL continues its arts programming of tours led by art-world insiders, just for our supporters. Join FHL on a highlights tour of The Armory Show. The Armory Show, the International Fair of New Art, is the world's leading art fair devoted exclusively to contemporary art. In its ninth annual exhibition, The Armory Show 2007 will present 148 international galleries, including many of the most important contemporary dealers showcasing new art from around the world.

Tours will be led by Clare Weiss, Public Art Coordinator for the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, and Christina Floyd, Client Manager at Sotheby's. Participants will be responsible for their own $10 entry fee. (FHL has arranged a group discount; tickets are normally $20.)

FHL's programming is made possible by our donors and The Altman Foundation, the Johnson Family Foundation, the National Architecture Trust, and the City of New York.

Sunday, February 25, 1:00 PM
Pier 94
12th Avenue at 55th Street
RSVP required to rsvp@thehighline.org


We hope you will participate in a new FHL project to create and publicly exhibit portraits of High Line friends and supporters. Photographer Tom Kletecka will photograph High Line supporters in front of a Joel Sternfeld High Line backdrop, as he has at several past FHL events. Selected portraits will then be displayed around the High Line neighborhood, mounted to the construction fencing surrounding nearby developments. Portraits will also be archived on a special Web site and possibly used in a publication. Each participant will receive a copy of his or her portrait to keep.

The High Line shows that sometimes even the most unlikely dream can become a reality. Participants in the portrait project will be asked, "What's your dream?" Their answers will appear on the portraits.

Public photographic sessions will take throughout spring 2007. Upcoming sessions are listed below.

This project has been made possible by Fujifilm USA.

Please RSVP to rsvp@thehighline.org.
To help us avoid long lines, be sure to include the time you're planning on coming. Please note, we expect many people to come during the lunch hour, so if your schedule allows, please come after 2:00 PM.

Friday, February 9, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Friends of the High Line office
430 West 14th Street, Suite 304 (at Washington Street)
Subway: A, C, E, or L to 14th Street and 8th Avenue

Thursday, February 22, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Public corridor, Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Avenue (between 15th and 16th Streets)
Subway: A, C, E, or L to 14th Street and 8th Avenue

Saturday, March 31, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Dan Carpenter Room, Hudson Guild
2nd Floor
441 West 26th Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues)
Subway: C or E to 23rd Street and 8th Avenue

FHL has partnered with Max Racks to create two High Line postcards. One postcard features a design rendering by Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and the other features a High Line photograph by Joel Sternfeld. The free postcards are available at more than 100 locations around the city. Thanks to Sylvie Anapol and Michael Gitter from Max Custom Media who printed and distributed postcards in their racks throughout New York City.

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The High Line is secure from 30th Street south, and construction on Section 1 is underway. But at the West Side Rail Yards, between 30th and 34th Streets, the future of the High Line is in doubt, and the structure may be fully preserved, altered or removed.

Please join FHL this Thursday, December 7, for a presentation of the High Line's potential at the rail yards and an overview of the public planning process that will decide its future. The presentation will be followed by a public discussion. Refreshments include High Line cookies and cider.

High Line Rail Yards Forum
Thursday, December 7
6:30 PM
Chelsea Market Community Room
Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Avenue


RSVP to community@thehighline.org or (212) 206-9922.

The High Line Rail Yards study has been made possible by the support of the A.G. Foundation, the Greenacre Foundation, and the Leon Levy Foundation.

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The High Line is secure from 30th Street south, and construction on Section 1 is underway. But at the West Side Rail Yards, between 30th and 34th Streets, the future of the High Line is in doubt, and the structure may be fully preserved, altered or removed.

Please join FHL on Thursday, December 7, for a presentation of the High Line's potential at the rail yards and an overview of the public planning process that will decide its future. The presentation will be followed by a public discussion.

High Line Rail Yards Forum
Thursday, December 7
6:30 PM
Chelsea Market Community Room
Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Avenue


RSVP to community@thehighline.org or (212) 206-9922.

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