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A 12-minute video about the High Line, directed by John Zieman, featuring interviews with Edward Norton, Diane von Furstenberg, and New York City Council Speaker Gifford Miller, will open the DV Film Festival on Wednesday, December 10, at the DV Expo West in Los Angeles. The film was originally presented at FHL's "Designing the High Line" competition exhibition at Grand Central Terminal in July 2003. It is also available for purchase in DVD or VHS format from Friends of the High Line. The DV Film Festival highlights the work of digital filmmakers from around the world.

For more info on the DV Film Festival and DV Expo West, click here.

To order the High Line video in DVD or VHS format for $15 including shipping, send an e-mail to

FHL recently published Designing the High Line: Ideas for Reclaiming 1.5 Miles of Manhattan, featuring 29 entries from this year's open, international design competition. The large-format (11" x 16"), four-color, 37-page, soft-cover publication was designed by Pentagram and sponsored by Viacom Outdoor and Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried. It's available for just $5 at these New York City booksellers:

192 Books
192 Tenth Avenue (at 21st Street)
New York, NY 10011
(212) 255-4022

Printed Matter, Inc.
535 West 22nd Street (between 10th + 11th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011
(212) 925-0325

Urban Center Books
457 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022
(212) 935-3592

Be among the very first people to celebrate at crobar, the newest nightclub in West Chelsea, next to the High Line. Escape the office holiday party routine and come enjoy great music by DJ Sammy Jo and a full open bar, and support the movement to create Manhattan's greatest new public space. At crobar, Friday, December 12, 8:00pm – 10:30pm, 530 West 28th Street (10th & 11th Avenues). Tickets start at $75 – all but $15 is tax-deductible. Space is limited, so buy your tickets now.

To view the online invitation, click here.

To purchase tickets, click here.

On Sunday, November 2, 2003, the New York Times ran a major op-ed article by Kenneth T. Jackson strongly urging New Yorkers and elected officials to convert the High Line to an elevated public open space.

To read the op-ed article, click here.

The article was remarkable both for the elegance of Jackson's essay and the beauty of accompanying photographs by Abelardo Morell. The photos and text together occupied the majority of the op-ed page, which is one of the most influential opinion pages in any American newspaper.

We still need your help. The preservation and reuse of the High Line is not yet a done deal, as Jackson noted in his essay. Friends of the High Line needs to secure an endorsement from the State of New York, a federal approval, and millions of dollars for rehabilitation and construction. That's why press support like this op-ed article is so important – and why your support is so important.

"The High Line can be another story of redemption in New York," writes Jackson, comparing the conversion of the High Line to the renovation of the Tweed Courthouse. Please help us make Jackson's words come true – by making an online donation to Friends of the High Line, or by signing up to volunteer.

Jackson is professor of history at Columbia University, president of the New-York Historical Society, and editor of The Encyclopedia of New York City. Abelardo Morell's photographs have been exhibited and collected by major museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago. He is professor of art at Massachusetts College of Art and author of A Book of Books.

Only one of Morell's photographs is included in the online version of the New York Times op-ed article. FHL hopes to post more of Morell's photos of the High Line in the near future.

On Tuesday, October 14, the New York Times featured plans for a new building by Frank Gehry proposed for the High Line neighborhood. The building would house offices for Barry Diller's InterActiveGroup – a group of Internet businesses with a travel focus. To read the New York Times article by Herbert Muschamp, click here.

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:

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
Metropolitan Pavilion, 110 West 19th Street
RSVP by October 21
to (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, 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.