highlighted mobile

EnlargeJonathan Flaum
Photographer Jonathan Flaum is currently selling prints from "Off the High Line", his series of High Line photographs in color and black-and-white. All prints are made from medium-format film negatives and are hand-printed. These are not digital prints. The print run is limited to 50, and each print is signed by the artist.

View the Photos

8" x 10" – $250
11" x 14" – $350

For orders or inquires please contact Jonathan Flaum:

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) announced on December 30, 2005, that it acquired an abandoned two-mile-long rail corridor running through St. Louis's Produce Row and conveyed it to the Great Rivers Greenway District. The corridor includes a historic elevated rail structure similar to the High Line. It will be developed by the District into a biking and pedestrian route, connecting densely populated neighborhoods north of downtown to the popular Riverfront Trail along the Mississippi River and the Branch Street Trestle Connector, as well as the McKinley Bridge Bikeway leading into Illinois. Planning and design for the project will begin in 2007, with efforts made to connect it to a larger network of paths throughout Missouri and Illinois.

Read the Press Release

On January 4, New York City Council Representative Christine C. Quinn was elected by her fellow Council Members to be Speaker of the New York City Council. Quinn has represented Manhattan District 3, including Greenwich Village, Chelsea, and Hell's Kitchen/Clinton since 1999. She has been a longtime, vocal advocate for the High Line's preservation as public open space since the start of our efforts. Quinn played a crucial role in the 2005 West Chelsea rezoning, which included important provisions for the High Line's reuse. It was largely thanks to the hard work of Quinn on behalf of her community that affordable housing units were significantly increased in the West Chelsea rezoning and that building heights were reduced along a section of 10th Avenue to respect the context of the Chelsea Historic District. Along with Councilmember Gifford Miller, she also led the passage of a 2001 City Council resolution in support of High Line preservation and reuse. This resolution was the first major governmental backing for the project, and it paved the way for all subsequent High Line victories. She is the first female Speaker, as well as the first openly gay Council Member to hold the position. She has been a tireless ally in our work to create a great new public space on the High Line. Friends of the High Line thanks her for all she has done for us and wishes her much success as City Council Speaker.

Scott Stringer, the new Manhattan Borough President, seeks Urban Planners to join his Land Use, Planning, and Development unit. Among other responsibilities, the Planners will track, evaluate, and make recommendations on land use proposals, and undertake community-based planning activities throughout the borough.

Job requirements include: M.S. of Urban Planning and at least two years of work experience, preferably with government, civic, or community-based organizations. Please visit for full job description and instructions on how to apply.

Dia Art Foundation is seeking a highly organized, detail-oriented individual to join Dia as Public Affairs Associate. This position serves as primary contact for press and public information by managing media and public communications for Dia's New York City and Beacon, New York, museums and other existing facilities and programs.

The ideal candidate will have 2+ years experience working in a museum, non-profit, or contemporary art gallery; strong writing and communication skills; knowledge of contemporary art; and attention to detail and accuracy.
View the complete job listing

In November, FHL's office on West 14th Street was remodeled to accommodate our growing staff. Friends of the High Line thanks Markus Dochantschi and everyone at studioMDA for their inspired design and hard work.

New York-based studioMDA was founded by a former director of Zaha Hadid Architects, Markus Dochantschi, in 2003. The practice focuses on new construction methods and technological innovations, with emphasis on collaboration with the construction industry, structural, mechanical, lighting, and landscape consultants, artists, and other disciplines. Since 2003, the office has completed residential and commercial projects and is currently working on projects in New Jersey, upstate New York, Manhattan, Vermont, Chile, Peru, Switzerland, and Sweden.

View the studioMDA Web site.
On January 18, IAC/InterActiveCorp celebrated the topping-off of its new Manhattan headquarters, designed by Frank Gehry. IAC/InterActiveCorp's CEO, Barry Diller, is a longtime supporter of the High Line project, and he expects that the new headquarters will play a central role in the future of the neighborhood. On January 11, Mr. Diller was quoted in the Wall Street Journal, saying that the High Line District, "is an embryonic neighborhood where we could be a participant... It'll be a wondrous environment to live, to work, to play." Located on a site between 18th and 19th Streets, on the West Side Highway, the IAC/InterActiveCorp headquarters has been designed by Mr. Gehry to evoke the sails of a ship, a reference to the nautical history of the area. The building is expected to open in March 2007.

In his January 26 State of the City address, Mayor Michael Bloomberg cited the High Line as an example of the positive development currently going on in New York. Mayor Bloomberg called the High Line project, "one of the most innovative park projects in the world."

Read the State of the City Address

Railbanking: 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.

Federal Authorization/CITU: 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.

MoMA Exhibition: 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

Community Outreach: 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.

Education Program: 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

Railbanking: FHL's biggest victory yet. Railbanking has been our central goal ever since we started FHL in 1999. It allows the High Line to be preserved for park use, and it enables construction to begin in 2006. Two advances in November 2005 allowed railbanking to take place: the City took ownership of the High Line from CSX Transportation, Inc., and signed a Trail Use Agreement.

City Partnership: In 2005, the City of New York welcomed FHL into a successful collaboration to advance the High Line project. FHL is grateful to the Bloomberg Administration for fostering this extraordinary public-private partnership.

CITU: In June, the federal Surface Transportation Board issued a Certificate of Interim Trail Use (CITU). This concluded 20 years of legal disputes about the High Line's future and allowed railbanking negotiations to proceed.

$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.

$61.75 Million in City Funding: City funding commitments to the High Line now stand at $61.75 million.

West Chelsea Rezoning: In June, the City rezoned West Chelsea to support the High Line's reuse, among other objectives. Prior to City approval of the rezoning, FHL brought 150 community members to a City Council Hearing to support High Line-related provisions in the proposal.

Preliminary Design: In collaboration with the City, FHL worked with the design team of Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro to complete a preliminary design for the first stage of the High Line's transformation (Gansevoort Street to 15th Street).

Public Forums and Input: In May, FHL continued its successful series of public input forums, presenting the preliminary design to 400 New Yorkers at the Bohen Foundation, in the Meatpacking District.

MoMA Exhibition: From April through October, the Museum of Modern Art exhibited "The High Line," an exhibition focused on the preliminary design.

Outstanding Reviews: Reviewing the MoMA exhibition in the Wall Street Journal, Ada Louise Huxtable called the preliminary design, "a proposal that ranks with the best of them. This imaginative and sensitive scheme is so well conceived and its design development is being so well orchestrated… that it serves as an object lesson for [the] preservation movement...."

Front Page New York Times: In June, the New York Times featured a High Line article and photograph on its front page: "Rusty Railroad On Its Way to Pristine Park; City Gets Approval To Transform Old Line".

Free Community Events: In September, over 5,000 people attended the High Line/Kitchen Block Party hosted by FHL with the Kitchen, a West Chelsea arts organization. In October, over 1,400 people viewed the High Line from the gallery of Phillips de Pury & Company auction house; the event was part of the third annual Open House New York weekend. In October and November, the arts organization Creative Time presented an international exhibition of works inspired by the High Line's upcoming transformation, in an out-of-use meatpacking plant adjacent to the High Line. All events were free.

Education Program: For eight weeks in the fall, FHL sponsored an education program for second-graders at Hudson Guild, culminating in a model-building project.

Strong Fundraising Events: In July, FHL's Summer Benefit at Cipriani Wall Street honored Amanda Burden, Ed Norton, and Joel Sternfeld, attracted 700 guests. In the fall, FHL honored Meatpacking District pioneer Florent Morellet at an irreverent ball at the Roxy.

Dear Friends of the High Line,

We are thrilled to share fantastic news with you. Marking the single biggest advance for the High Line project since its inception, the High Line has been railbanked, clearing the way for construction to begin in 2006. (Click here to read the press release.)

Railbanking was our most important goal when we started Friends of the High Line in 1999. This is a historic moment for the project.

In order for the High Line to be railbanked, two actions took place. [1] The City of New York acquired title to the High Line from the railroad, CSX Transportation, Inc. [2] The City and CSX signed a Trail Use Agreement, permitting the rail structure to be used by the public as a recreational amenity.

Please join us in thanking Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the Bloomberg administration, and CSX Transportation, Inc., for their hard work to achieve this crucial advance. We also thank the Speaker of the New York City Council, Gifford Miller, for his visionary leadership and funding commitments to the High Line; Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton and Representative Jerrold Nadler for the nearly $20 million in federal funds they've brought to the project; and all our elected officials for their longtime support, including Governor George Pataki, State Senator Thomas Duane, State Assembly Members Richard Gottfried and Deborah Glick, Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields, and City Council Member Christine Quinn.

On a related note, this weekend is your last chance to Creative Time's "The Plain of Heaven," set in an out-of-use meatpacking plant adjacent to the High Line. It's free to visit the 14 wonderful art pieces (many of them inspired by the High Line's coming transformation). The rail siding on the top level of the exhibition offers a great view of the southern end of the High Line, which is where construction will begin, starting next year. For more information, click here.

We could not have reached this exciting place without of all the Friends of the High Line.

Thank you.

Robert Hammond & Joshua David
Co-Founders, Friends of the High Line

PS. A note about "Groundbreaking." We had intended to mark railbanking, which paves the way for the start of construction, with a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony this month. But we have chosen instead to celebrate groundbreaking at the start of construction, in a few months time. We will keep you updated about plans for groundbreaking and any related celebrations via this E-Mail Newsletter. To subscribe, visit

Read the Official Press Release