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FHL recently launched the Portrait Project Web Site. The site features hundreds of portraits of High Line supporters in front of a High Line backdrop. Participants were asked to share their dreams, and each dream appears with the person's portrait.

The High Line Portrait Project Web site features more than 800 High Line supporters and their dreams.
 
Visit the Portrait Project Web site.
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A selection of these portraits is also on view this summer in special outdoor portrait galleries the High Line neighborhood. The portraits form unique collages on construction fencing. The installations are now on view at four locations:

  • High Line construction stairs, Gansevoort and Washington Streets
  • Construction fencing, corner of 18th Street and Tenth Avenue
  • High Line construction stairs, 18th Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues
  • Construction fencing, 10th Avenue at 30th Street
Want to learn to wheatpaste? FHL needs volunteers to help maintain these outdoor works of art. Volunteer days will occur on Friday afternoons and will involve cutting and installing portrait collages with wheatpaste. If you're interested in helping with the Portrait Project, please email volunteer@thehighline.org.

The project is made possible through the generous support of Fujifilm. Special thanks to Greenhood & Company, photographer Tom Kletecka, and Michael De Feo and the High Line volunteers who helped install the portraits.

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A large-scale High Line triptych by photographer Lisa Kereszi is now on view at Theory's flagship store in the Meatpacking District. The photographs, taken last summer, take a similar perspective of the High Line at three different points.

The installation is part of the Theory Icon Project. Earlier this year, artist Ruth Ro's Icons of the Meatpacking District was on exhibition in the space.

Lisa Kereszi's photography is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Her editorial work has appeared in magazines including the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Nest, New York, Details, House & Garden, and others.

View Kereszi's other work.

Theory is generously offering two 10% shopping days for High Line supporters at its Meatpacking District store on July 18 and 19—present a copy of this email newsletter to receive a 10% discount on purchases, plus Friends of the High Line will receive 10% of the proceeds from your purchase.

Lisa Kereszi High Line Photographs Theory Flagship store 38 Gansevoort Street Through August 20

On Tuesday, June 19, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation announced a $1 million grant to Friends of the High Line. The grant supports the creation of the Chelsea Grasslands, a landscape feature by Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro with planting design by Piet Oudolf. The Tiffany & Co. Foundation grant is one of three made to New York City environmental organizations. The other two recipients are The Battery Conservancy and the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy.

Friends of the High Line expresses its sincere thanks to The Tiffany & Co. Foundation for this visionary support.

Download the June 19 Press Release.

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Friends of the High Line thanks Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer for his office's allocation of $1 million in capital funding to the High Line in the fiscal year 2008 budget. Ever since Borough President Stringer took office, he has been a passionate supporter of the High Line. His 2008 allocation follows the $2 million allocation he made for FY 2007, which he announced at the High Line Groundbreaking ceremony. Borough President Stringer's 2008 funding highlights his commitment to the creation of new and interesting public open space for Manhattan and will allow the restoration of the High Line structure to move forward on schedule.

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Friends of the High Line thanks the New York City Council and Speaker Christine C. Quinn for their allocation of $12.5 million in capital funding to the High Line in the fiscal year 2008 budget. This funding is essential to advance construction on Section 2 of the High Line (20th Street to 30th Street). This allocation brings the Council's capital funding to date for the High Line to $32.5 million. We also thank the Council, Speaker Quinn, and Council Member David Weprin for continued Council support of Friends of the High Line's education, cultural, and community programs with a fiscal year 2008 allocation of $290,000.

At right: Speaker Quinn was one of the 800 people who participated in the High Line Portrait Project. Her dream: "A Subway Series."

Visit the Portrait Project Web site

Photo by Iwan Baan.
 
Join us on May 24 for the next installment of our continuing lecture series by High Line designers. Ricardo Scofidio, principal of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, will give a presentation on the firm's recent work, including the High Line, Boston's new Institute for Contemporary Art (pictured at right), and the renovation of Lincoln Center. Diller Scofidio + Renfro was profiled in last week's The New Yorker. The lecture will be one of the first public events held in the newly-completed, Frank Gehry-designed IAC building.

RSVP is required.

High Line Design Presentation with Ricardo Scofidio
Thursday, May 24, 6:30 PM
IAC
555 West 18th Street
RSVP


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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.

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