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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:

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:
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]

Reserve Tickets Now for FHL's July 9th Exhibition Preview Benefit at Grand Central Terminal.

Host Committee Open Until The End of This Week.

We hope you'll act now to be a part of FHL's Third Annual Summer Party and Design Exhibition Preview Benefit, scheduled for July 9th at Grand Central Terminal. Following the benefit preview, where design proposals created for FHL's open ideas competition will be shown for the first time, the "Designing the High Line" exhibition will be open to the public July 10-26, 2003.

Actor Edward Norton and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Caro are chairs of the July 9th benefit preview. Over 100 tickets have already been sold, and we expect to sell out! To ensure a place at this exciting Grand Central Terminal event, please reserve or buy tickets online now. Go to:

If you would like to join the Host Committee (a two-ticket commitment), you can do so until this Friday, May 23. Please contact Juliet Page, FHL's development director, at (212) 631-9188 or

  • Cocktails tickets start at $125 per person
  • Dinner tickets (which also include cocktails) start at $500 per person (limited availability at $500 price level)

Manhattan Community Board No. 4 has scheduled a public meeting at which Representatives from the New York City Department of City Planning will present a preliminary zoning proposal for the far West Chelsea/High Line area.

Monday, May 19, 6:30 PM
Fulton Center – Hudson Guild Auditorium
119 Ninth Avenue (between 17th & 18th Streets)

FHL needs volunteers at summer street fairs, June 14 and August 2; during all stages of our design competition exhibition at Grand Central Terminal (July 10-26, as well as during pre-exhibition and post-exhibition periods); and at our third annual summer benefit at Grand Central Terminal on July 9. If you can help us with a few hours of your time, please contact Justin Rood: or (212) 631-9188.

On May 8, New York City public radio station WNYC broadcast an in-depth story about "Designing the High Line," focusing on several competition entrants. To listen to this excellent story online, go to:

FHL is accepting late online and offline registrations for "Designing the High Line," our open, international ideas competition, through Friday, May 16. After May 16, the registration process will be formally closed. Paid registration is required for all competition entrants. Fees for individuals and teams is now $100.00 USD; for studios with up to 15 entries, $450.00 USD. All registration materials can be found on the competition Web site: