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Following a three-year campaign for historic district designation by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) and its Save Gansevoort Market project, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) voted to approve the proposed Gansevoort Market Historic District on September 9, 2003. The designation will play a crucial role in preserving the historic character of one of the most vibrant High Line neighborhoods.

Announcing the designation, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said, "We are very excited about the critical role that the Gansevoort Market Historic District, with its unique sense of place and historic importance, will play in the development of the Far West Side. This is just the first of several key projects, including the restoration of the High Line, the construction of Hudson River Park, and the development of the Hudson Yards, that form the core of the administration's plans for the Far West Side. When completed, these projects will revitalize the West Side of Manhattan, forming a necklace of dynamic waterfront communities, each with their own unique assets."

To view the Landmark Preservation Commission's press release, click here.

This major preservation victory could not have happened without the diligent work of Save Gansevoort Market co-chairs Jo Hamilton and Florent Morellet and GVSHP executive director Andrew Berman (all three of whom have also been dedicated supporters of the High Line's preservation). Friends of the High Line extends them thanks and congratulations.

Many FHL supporters have inquired about getting copies of the magnificent video presentation about the High Line, directed and produced by John Zieman, that was displayed at Grand Central Terminal during the Designing the High Line exhibition. The video, which features interviews with Edward Norton and Diane von Furstenberg, as well as spectacular High Line footage shot atop the Line, is now available through FHL. VHS and DVD copies are available, $15 each, including shipping and handling. To order, please contact Rick Little via e-mail rick@thehighline.org or telephone at (212) 631-9188.

We urge Friends of the High Line supporters to attend an important public hearing held by the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) regarding the High Line.

  • Thursday, July 24, 2 PM
  • Federal Conference Center, 6th Floor, Jacob Javits Federal Building
  • 26 Federal Plaza
  • Enter by the Duane Street entrance at 26 Federal Plaza, between Broadway and Lafayette streets. All visitors must clear security and produce photo ID.


This may be the most important public hearing that FHL ever faces. A supportive audience would be very helpful. The STB, based in Washington, DC, is coming to New York specifically to review the High Line issue. The hearing is important because the High Line, part of the national rail system, falls under STB jurisdiction. STB approval is required for "rail-banking", which would preserve the High Line's structure and easement and allow the public to reuse it as open space.

The list of testifying parties has already been set by the STB. To view it, click here. Only parties who are on this list will be permitted to testify. But you can help just by showing up. The STB will register a full hearing room as evidence of the great public interest in saving the High Line.

All 720 "Designing the High Line" competition entries, including principal winners and honorable mentions, can now be viewed on the competition's Web site.

View the Web site here.

At Friends of the High Line's July 9 benefit preview of "Designing the High Line", New York City Council Speaker Gifford Miller announced a $15.75 million funding commitment for planning and construction costs related to the High Line's conversion to public space. This is the first major funding commitment for the High Line, and FHL is very grateful for the Speaker's leadership and for the City's growing support.

The funds will allow planning and construction to move forward, and they give FHL an excellent opportunity to attract major private, corporate, foundation, and federal funds.

The first $750,000 was allocated in the budget adopted by the New York City Council on June 27. The remainder of the commitment will be allocated in the following three fiscal years.

The funds will come from the City's capital budget, which pays for project costs such as planning, design, construction, and long-term leases. The allocation will not affect municipal services, which are funded separately through the City's expense budget.

This is your last week to see the "Designing the High Line", the exhibition of ideas for the High Line created in our open competition. It's a spectacular exhibition. No High Line supporter will want to miss it.

Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall
Monday – Friday, 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday, 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The exhibition was designed by Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano of LOT/EK Architecture. Exhibition graphics were designed by Paula Scher of Pentagram. The exhibition incorporates a wonderful video presentation produced and directed by John Zeiman, featuring narration by Edward Norton and Diane von Furstenberg.

"Up in the Air", a great article by Joseph V. Amodio, appeared in Newsday on July 16. Read the article.

A NY1 TV segment about the competition can be viewed online. Watch the segment.

Friends of the High Line will host a public forum in Fall 2003, open to residents and business-owners in the High Line area and the public at large. A variety of the proposals created in the "Designing the High Line" competition will serve as springboards for discussion. Friends of the High Line will incorporate public comments from the forum into guidelines included in a subsequent Request for Proposals (RFP). Issuance of the RFP will lead to the selection of a design team and the development of a realizable master plan.

Please help us spread the word. Urge anyone who might be interested in participating to sign up for our e-mail newsletter, which can be done quickly and easily on our Web site home page: http://www.thehighline.org.

On Wednesday, July 9, Friends of the High Line will host an exhibition preview of competition proposals and its third annual Summer Benefit, co-chaired by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Caro and actor Edward Norton. Cocktail and exhibition preview tickets start at $125. Benefit dinner tickets start at $500.

Tickets may be purchased online at:
http://www.thehighline.org/summerbenefit/
or call (212) 631-9188

The response to "Designing the High Line," our open, international ideas competition was tremendous. 720 people from 38 countries contributed their ideas, dreams, and visions for the High Line. The entries ranged from the highly practical to the purely visionary. The jury selected some of the most thought-provoking ideas. The winners, along with other interesting entries and a video about the High Line, will be on display in a large-scale exhibition at Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall from July 10-26.

In addition to collecting comments at the exhibition, Friends of the High Line will hold a series of open community workshops beginning in September, with a variety of the competition proposals serving as springboards for discussion. At the end of 2003, Friends of the High Line will incorporate the community’s comments into a Request for Proposals, which will lead to the development of realizable designs for the High Line's reuse as public open space.

Find out more below:
1. The complete press release including detailed information on the list of winners [CLICK HERE]
2. A basic list of competition winners [CLICK HERE]

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