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Manhattan Community Board No. 4 is seeking ideas from the public for the reuse of Pier 57, on the Hudson River waterfront, in the High Line neighborhood. Like the High Line, Pier 57 is an important piece New York City's infrastructure, and its reuse can be another example of the roles that monuments to Manhattan's industrial and transportation history can play in the city's future vitality.

Manhattan CB4's open call for ideas:
http://www.manhattancb4.org/pdf_files/P57RFI1form.pdf

On Friday, December 12, Friends of the High Line will throw a benefit party at crobar, a brand-new nightclub in West Chelsea. Please save the date – you won't want to miss this fabulous debut of Friends of the High Line in the wild world of West Chelsea nightlife. An invitation will follow…

October 2, the City of New York filed a request to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to hold in abeyance STB action regarding the "rail-banking" of the High Line while the City holds discussions with affected stakeholders to resolve outstanding issues. The STB has granted the request, giving the City until January 5, 2004, to come back to the Board.

What does this mean? As many of you know, "rail-banking" the High Line (converting it to public open space through federal rails-to-trails legislation) requires approval from the STB, which has jurisdiction over all interstate rail lines. In December 2002, the City of New York formally started the process by filing a request with the STB for a Certificate of Interim Trail Use (CITU) for the High Line. A group of underlying property owners contested the legality of a CITU in this particular case, and the matter was the subject of a July 2003 hearing by the STB in New York City. By requesting the abeyance, the City hopes to engage in discussions with the affected stakeholders, including FHL, the railroads involved, relevant State agencies, and underlying property owners, with the aim of coming back to the STB with consensus. FHL will continue to keep you informed about the progress of this important issue.

The RSVP deadline for the High Line Community Input Forum has been extended until tomorrow. Please e-mail the office immediately if you would like to participate.

High Line Community Input Forum
Tuesday, October 28
7:00 – 10:00 PM
FREE
Metropolitan Pavilion, 110 West 19th Street
RSVP by October 21
to olivia@thehighline.org. (Be sure to include full contact information - name, address, phone, and e-mail.)

Join FHL on October 28 for a public discussion of design objectives for the High Line's conversion to public space. A design for the High Line will be created during the next 12 months. This is your opportunity to voice your ideas, visions, and concerns at the very start of the process.

At the forum, participants will review proposals created in the Designing the High Line competition, share ideas, express priorities, and determine a set of community goals for the High Line's design. These community goals will ultimately be given to prospective design teams as part of a formal Request for Proposals.


Forum Program Schedule:

6:30 PM Participants check-in. Review competition entries, view video, place comments on Post-it notes on competition entries if desired.

7:15 PM Introduction by Friends of the High Line.

7:35 PM Presentation by John Alschuler, of Hamilton Rabinovitz & Alschuler.

8:05 PM Split into groups of 9, each led by a moderator, for discussion.

9:00 PM Break.

9:10 PM Discussion groups report back to the assembled forum.

You must RSVP to participate! (Be sure to include full contact information - name, address, phone, and e-mail.)

Five winning entrants from the Designing the High Line competition will speak at an event hosted by Architects, Designers, Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR), Planners Network, and Pratt GCPE.

Wednesday, October 15, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Pratt Manhattan, 144 West 14th Street, Room 213
To attend for CES/HSW credit: $15 for ADPSR members, $20 for non-members
Non-credit attendees: Free
Reservations: send e-mail to adpsrevent@aol.com, or call (212) 539-7650

Wine and cheese will be served starting at 6 PM for the half-hour prior to the event.

Competition entrants participating:
Matthew Greer (with Karin Taylor); Barbara Wilks (with Alex Washburn and Michael Hsiung), W Architecture; Elisabeth Saint-Amand (with Lise Anderson); Linda Pollak (with Sandro Marpillero, Lisa Switkin, Sven Dahlsgaard and Thea Hoffman), MPSSH Studio; Peter Coombe (with Anne Lewison, Jennifer Sage, Russ Wooten, Ben Koenig, Julia Stanat, and Kit Yan), Sage and Coombe Architects.

Friends of the High Line (FHL) regrets that it failed to credit the creator of a copyrighted map that appeared (in a redrawn version) in one of the winning entries to Designing the High Line, our ideas competition. The map, which detailed all the swimming pools in Manhattan, was included in Nathalie Rinne's entry #335, which proposed turning the entire Line into a swimming pool. The map was originally researched and drawn by Kathy Forer. Because of when it was first drawn, it includes a pool that no longer exists at the World Trade Center site. FHL apologizes if any offense was caused by that pool's inclusion. FHL thanks Ms. Forer for her permission allowing FHL to include the map in publicly distributed reproductions of Ms. Rinne's competition entry.

Our October 28 High Line Community Input Forum will take place in space generously provided to Friends of the High Line by Metropolitan Pavilion.

Metropolitan Pavilion is Manhattan's premier medium-sized event space, offering 3 rooms in one location. Winner of Event Solution Magazine's Spotlight Award for 2003's Best National Event Space, Metropolitan Pavilion is an ideal place for holiday parties. It can accommodate events for 50 to 1,600 guests. Its street-level space features polished oak floors and original turn-of-the-century architectural highlights. Its 4th floor Gallery is an intimate space with a gleaming white epoxy resin floor. It gets natural sunlight from 3 sides.

To learn more, click here. Or call Fred at (212) 463-0071. Mention you're a Friend of the High Line.

Please join FHL on October 28 for a public discussion of design objectives for the High Line's conversion to public space. A design for the High Line will be created during the next 12 months. This is your opportunity to voice your ideas, visions, and concerns at the very start of the process.

At the forum, participants will review proposals created in the Designing the High Line competition, share ideas, express priorities, and determine a set of community goals for the High Line's design. These community goals will ultimately be given to prospective design teams as part of a formal Request for Proposals.

Tuesday, October 28, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Metropolitan Pavilion
110 West 19th Street (6th/7th Avenues)
RSVP by October 20 to Olivia Stinson at olivia@thehighline.org or (212) 631-9188


Late in the summer, Thirteen/WNET New York TV broadcast a wonderful segment about Designing the High Line, FHL's ideas competition, on its "New York Voices" program. The segment captures the spirit of creativity and innovation embodied by the competition itself and its 720 entries. Anyone interested in the High Line will want to watch it. It can be viewed online: click here.

It will also be rebroadcast on Friday, October 10th at 10:00pm

The public is invited to comment on the draft scoping document for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the West Chelsea Zoning.

October 2, 2003, 10:00 AM
Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street
(1 block north of Chambers Street, between Broadway and Centre Street)

Based on session testimony, the draft scope will be revised into a final scope, which will identify the subjects of study and methodologies of the EIS, a key component of the public review process. By commenting on the draft scope at this time, members of the public can raise issues they feel require study in the EIS and should be put into the final scope. Comments received during the draft scope's public hearing and written comments received up to 10 days after the hearing will be considered for inclusion.

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