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Please join the host committee for an unforgettable fall event: Friends of the High Line joins the Meat Packing District Initiative to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Restaurant Florent – Florent Morellet's pioneering restaurant in the Meat Packing District – by presenting the Florent Bi-Decade{nt} Ball & Miss Meat Market Gown Contest, at the Roxy, West Chelsea's legendary dance club, on Saturday, October 22, 7:00pm - 11:00pm. Masters of Ceremonies Ms. Flotilla DeBarge and Mr. Murray Hill will introduce a fantastic roster of performers, including the Butcher Queens, HRH Princess Diandra, and many others. Miss Meat Market gowns designed by David Dalrymple for the House of Field, Alexander McQueen, Theory, and many others. Tickets include open bar, food from Meat Packing District restaurants, and entrance to John Blair's Saturday night Roxy dance party, starting at 11:00pm.

Buy your tickets now (and join the host committee). To join the host committee (which closes Wednesday, August 31), you only need to buy one ticket at the early-price discount ($95) and invite your friends. The $95 early-price tickets are only available online until September 22. All tickets purchased after September 22 will cost $150. A major portion of the ticket price will be tax-deductible.

Florent Bi-Decade{nt} Ball & Miss Meat Market Gown Contest Benefiting Friends of the High Line & the Meat Packing District Initiative Saturday, October 22, 7:00 — 11:00 PM The Roxy 515 West 18th Street (Just West of the High Line) Buy Tickets and Join Host Committee
September 17: The Kitchen/High Line Block Party
FHL teams up with Chelsea arts organization The Kitchen to present a West Chelsea street fair featuring local artists, musicians, and food. The Block Party will take place on West 19th Street, between 10th and 11th Aves, from 12:00 noon to 6:00pm. FREE. For more information, go to www.kitchenhighlineblockparty.com.

October 8 and 9 - High Line Viewing with Open House New York
A rare chance to view the High Line up close, as part of the third annual openhousenewyork weekend. Viewing will take place from the loft gallery of the Phillips, de Pury & Company auction house. 450 West 15th Street, between 9th and 10th Aves. FREE. For more information, go to www.ohny.org.

October 20 - Minetta Brook's High Line Project Benefit
New York arts organization Minetta Brook is teaming with artist Ann Hamilton and chef Alice Waters on a new program combining art, food, and the High Line's history as a transportation system for local agriculture. This benefit dinner, at Dia Center for the Arts on 22nd Street, will celebrate the beginning of this innovative and creative look at the way food and industry have shaped the High Line neighborhoods. View the "Save the Date" card. For more information, and to buy tickets, E-mail meredith@minettabrook.org or call (212) 431-7165.

On August 7, The New York Times published a major article about Dia Art Foundation's proposal for a new museum on Gansevoort Street, at the southern end of the High Line. The article ran on the front page of the Sunday Arts & Leisure Section and featured a large color image from the High Line's preliminary design. On August 21, the Times published an article about the Promenade Plantée, the elevated rail viaduct in Paris that was converted to a park in 1998. Since FHL's inception, the Promenade Plantée has been an important precedent and model for the High Line project.

Read the August 7 Dia Article

Read the August 21 Promenade Plantée Article

This past May, Friends of the High Line and the design team of Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro held a public presentation of the Preliminary Design for the High Line's conversion to public open space. Over 400 people attended the event at the Bohen Foundation. After the presentation, the design team held an open question-and-answer session. Attendees were also encouraged to submit their written questions to FHL. Now available: a summary of questions submitted by the public and the answers from the design team, the City of New York, and FHL.

Read the Q&A
View the Preliminary Design

FHL is planning a number of events for October. Please save the dates:

October 8 and 9 - High Line Viewing with Open House New York: A rare chance to view the High Line up close, as part of the third annual openhousenewyork weekend. Viewing is free and will take place from the loft gallery of the Phillips, de Pury & Company auction house, 450 West 15th Street in the Meatpacking District. For more information, go to www.ohny.org.

October 20 - Minetta Brook's High Line Project Benefit: New York arts organization Minetta Brook is teaming with artist Ann Hamilton and chef Alice Waters on a new program combining art, food and the High Line's history as a transportation system for local agriculture. This benefit dinner, at Dia Center for the Arts on 22nd Street, will celebrate the beginning of this innovative and creative look at the way food and industry have shaped the High Line neighborhoods.

Sign up for the Benefit Committee

October 22 - Florent 20th Anniversary Party: Friends of the High Line joins with the Meatpacking District Initiative to celebrate the 20th anniversary of High Line district mainstay Restaurant Florent. The evening will feature a 1980s Meat Market theme, including a Miss Meat Market contest. Location TBA.

This fall will be very busy for Friends of the High Line (as you can see from our October preview, below). More than ever, we will depend on our volunteers to make all these exciting events successful. Interested in volunteering? E-mail volunteer@thehighline.org. We need your help.

Friends of the High Line and The Kitchen, a Chelsea-based arts organization, are joining to host The Kitchen/ High Line Block Party. The event is free and will feature local artists, musicians, performers, and food from local restaurants. Come celebrate the diversity and vibrancy of the High Line district.

Saturday, September 17, 2005
12:00 noon - 6:00pm
West 19th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues
Rain or Shine
FREE

Friends of the High Line and Friends of Hudson River Park are co-sponsoring "The High Line and Historic Waterfront in Pictures," a multimedia presentation by Mary Habstritt of the Society for Industrial Archeology. Join us for this free, open-air lecture and photographic exploration of the rich history of the High Line and industrial West Side from 1915 to 1970. Dinner is not included, but will be available on the Pier.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005
6:30pm - 9:00pm; presentation at 7:30pm
Pier 63 Maritime, 23rd Street & Hudson River
Reservations: E-mail tours@fohrp.org or call (212) 757-0981, x 205

On Thursday, August 4, Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles Schumer and Congressman Jerrold Nadler announced that they have secured $18 million in capital funding for the High Line in the just-passed federal transportation bill.

Read Senator Clinton's Press Release

On behalf of all of the Friends of the High Line, we thank all three for their leadership and support. This funding will play a major role in the design and construction of a great new public open space on the High Line.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Clinton Press Office
August 4, 2005 202-224-2243

Innovative Public-Private Partnership on the Verge of Transforming High Line

New York, NY – Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today joined the leadership of the Friends of the High Line and other partners in highlighting the progress that has been made toward realizing the vision of transforming the former High Line railway into open public space. Senator Clinton has been a leader in Congress in fighting for funding for the innovative project, which will convert the former elevated freight railway into a pedestrian walkway stretching 1.45 miles and spanning 22 blocks across Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea and the Meatpacking District, opening to New Yorkers 6.7 acres of public space atop the elevated rail deck. The restored space will boost the area’s appeal as an ideal destination for businesses, entertainment and living, while preserving its historic character.

“I am proud that, along with my colleagues Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Jerry Nadler, we have been able to secure funding for this project, including $18 million in the transportation bill just approved by Congress. The High Line is one of my top priorities, and I am glad that we have fought for and secured funding for the project every year over the past three years,” said Senator Clinton. “I will continue to be a champion of this project because I believe it is an investment that will spur economic development and create an enduring legacy for future generations of New Yorkers.”

“The High Line project started as a grass-roots effort, and it’s a great example of how a small group of people can really make a difference. But it took the visionary support of Senator Clinton to make the High Line dream a reality,” said Robert Hammond, co-founder of Friends of the High Line. “The Senator gave us much-needed political support when we were fighting to preserve the High Line. And now, by working with Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Jerrold Nadler to bring major federal funding to the project, she’s ensuring that the High Line will be transformed as a great new open space for New York City.”

"The High Line is a key piece of the puzzle to what we need to move West Side development ahead and break the culture of inertia that has plagued New York City," said Senator Schumer. "Anyone who lives or works in Midtown West, Chelsea, or the Meatpacking District knows that the one thing this area lacks is open space. This funding will go a long way into converting the High Line into a world class park that is original and different from any other, it will become a true gem of the West Side." “It’s an incredible pleasure to announce the progress we’ve made on the High Line project,” Congressman Nadler said. “Not too long ago the High Line faced demolition, and we saved it because we saw its promise to our communities and our city. Now we’re counting down to groundbreaking, thanks to tireless grassroots advocacy and hard work in Congress. I was delighted to work with Senator Clinton, the High Line’s longtime champion, and Senator Schumer in securing $18 million in the transportation bill.”

The project is a key step in the revitalization of the far West Side where it will serve as an essential cultural and natural link between downtown’s art galleries and shops and midtown’s Javits Center, creating a distinctive new “High Line District.” Senator Clinton also helped secure $15 million in funding for Moynihan Station, the vision of the late Senator Daniel P. Moynihan, to be a new intermodal transportation facility designed to expand and enhance Pennsylvania Station. Like Moynihan Station, the High Line will serve as a living monument that enriches the lives of all New Yorkers. In addition, this unique project will be a model for innovative land use development and environmentally responsible transportation planning, improving air quality by encouraging pedestrian traffic.

The High Line project was recently granted a “Certificate of Interim Trail Use” by the Surface Transportation Board, paving the way for the City to finalize negotiations with the railroad and move toward the start of construction. The preliminary design for the High Line project, which is currently on display at the Museum of Modern Art, was created by the design team of Field Operations (landscape architecture) and Diller Scofidio + Renfro (architecture). The preliminary design can also be viewed at www.thehighline.org/design. Groundbreaking on the High Line project is planned for late 2005.

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