In November, the High Line was railbanked, ensuring its future as a public park. Railbanking has been our primary goal since Friends of the High Line was founded in 1999.
In June, the federal body that governs the use of rail corridors issued a Certificate of Interim Trail Use (CITU). This concluded 20 years of legal disputes about the High Line and authorized railbanking negotiations to proceed. Above: Front page New York Times headline announcing the authorization.
Read the New York Times Article
Public Design Session:
In May, over 400 members of the public gathered at the Bohen Foundation, in the Meatpacking District, for a design presentation and Q+A with the team of Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Above: FHL's Robert Hammond addresses the group.
Read the Q+A
$18 Million in Federal Funding:
In August, Senators Schumer and Clinton and Congressman Nadler secured $18 million for the High Line in the multi-year federal transportation bill. Above: Senator Clinton walks on the High Line with FHL's Robert Hammond and Joshua David and other supporters to announce the funding.
West Chelsea Rezoning:
In June, the City rezoned West Chelsea to support the High Line's reuse, among other objectives. FHL brought 150 community members to a City Council hearing to support High Line-related provisions in the rezoning proposal.
From April through October, the Museum of Modern Art exhibited the preliminary design by Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Above: Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, 3rd and 4th from left.
Design Web Site:
In April, FHL launched a comprehensive, interactive design Web site showcasing the preliminary design. Special thanks to PS and unitytheory for their Web design expertise.View the Design Web Site
In November, FHL hosted a pizza party and project briefing for residents of the Robert Fulton Houses, in Chelsea. It was one of a series of FHL events that engage a full range of community participation in the High Line project. Above: Peter Mullan, FHL's Director of Planning, addresses the group.
Kitchen / High Line Block Party:
In September, FHL teamed up with West Chelsea arts organization The Kitchen to present the Kitchen / High Line Block Party. More than 5,000 people attended the free event, which featured arts and crafts activities, music, entertainment, and food from neighborhood restaurants.
High Line viewing with Open House New York:
In October, more than 1,400 people viewed the High Line from the Phillips de Pury & Company auction house as part of the third annual Open House New York weekend.
FHL's education program, now in its fourth year, was based this fall at Hudson Guild. Second-graders learned about the High Line's history and future, toured the neighborhood, and built High Line models.
Dynamic Fundraising Events:
As always, FHL's 2005 fundraising events were as dynamic and unique as the High Line project. Top: Over 700 supporters gathered at Cipriani Wall Street for FHL's 5th Annual Summer Benefit. Middle: Anderson Cooper, left, introduces Summer Benefit honorees: environmentalist Ed Norton, City Planning Chair Amanda Burden, and photographer Joel Sternfeld. Bottom: FHL's Joshua David and Robert Hammond compete in the Miss Meatpacking District Gown Contest, part of an irreverent ball at the Roxy honoring Meatpacking District pioneer Florent Morellet.
View Summer Benefit Photos