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Friends of the High Line, along with our partners at the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, is proud to announce that the third and northernmost section of the park – the High Line at the Rail Yards – will open to the public on Sunday, September 21, 2014.

Read the full announcement, and learn more about the Rail Yards.

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We will be celebrating the opening of the Rail Yards with a full week of programs. Beginning Monday, September 22 we will host wellness programs, live music and performances, educational talks and tours, after school programs, and so much more.

Read about opening week activities on the High Line Blog.

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See the five rail yards proposals presented by members of each developer's design team. Representatives from the teams will speak about the architecture and urban design of their proposals. Presentations will be followed by Q&A.

This event will most likely be the public's only chance to hear the proposals presented by the architects working on them. It will also be a great opportunity to hear from some of the leading architects working in New York right now.

Architects working on rail yards proposals include Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Field Operations, Thomas Phifer & Partners, ShoP Architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, SANAA, Handel Architects (for Brookfield Properties); Steven Holl Architects (for Extell); Robert A.M. Stern, Kohn Pederson Fox, Arquitectonica (for The Related Companies); FXFowle and Pelli Clarke Pelli (for Vornado Realty Trust/Durst Organization); and Helmut Jahn and Peter Walker (for Tishman Speyer).

This event is co-sponsored by American Institute of Architects New York Chapter; American Planning Association New York Chapter; American Society of Landscape Architects New York Chapter; Architectural League of New York; Design Trust for Public Space; Fine Arts Federation; Friends of the High Line; Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art; Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance; Municipal Art Society; New York New Visions; and the Regional Plan Association.

Monday, December 3
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Doors open at 5:15
Great Hall, Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street (at Third Avenue)

No RSVP required


Tickets are still available for this exclusive preview of the Design Auction at Phillips de Pury & Company, with hors d'oeuvres by Park Avenue Winter, and champagne courtesy of Moët Hennessy USA. The preview gallery overlooks the construction site on the High Line.

 
Friday, December 7
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM


  450 West 15th Street
(between 9th & 10th Avenues)
Tickets: $75 ($50 for Highliners)


Click Here to Purchase Tickets.
or contact Tara Morris at (212) 206-9922 or tara@thehighline.org

The Highliners is FHL's young donors group. For information about joining the Highliners, contact Sanaya Kaufman at sanaya@thehighline.org.

 

Hudson Yards Community Advisory Committee (HYCAC), a coalition of community organizations and representatives of elected officials, has tentatively scheduled an input forum on December 10 as an opportunity for the public to view and comment on the rail yards proposals.

Location and more details will be announced in our email newsletter later this week.

Representatives from the architectural teams will speak about the architecture and urban design of their proposals. Presentations will be followed by Q&A.

This event is co-sponsored by American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter; Architectural League of New York; Design Trust for Public Space; Fine Arts Federation; Friends of the High Line; Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art; Municipal Art Society; New York New Visions; and Regional Plan Association.

Great Hall, Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street
6:00 – 8:00 PM

No RSVP required. More details will be announced in our email newsletter later this week.


Join Friends of the High Line to view and comment on the proposals now on exhibition near Grand Central Terminal. This may be your last chance to view and comment on the designs, which are only on display until December 3. Afterward, join us across the street at Annie Moore's bar for a free drink and informal discussion. FHL staff will be on hand to discuss the rail yards and other High Line developments.

Rail Yards Proposals Exhibition
335 Madison Avenue
(Northwest corner of Vanderbilt Avenue and 43rd Street)
Across from Grand Central Terminal
6:00 &ndash 8:00 PM


RSVP to rsvp@thehighline.org

View more information on the MTA's release of the Rail Yards Proposals.

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Let the MTA Know You Support Saving the Entire High Line
Today, the MTA publicly released the five developer proposals for the West Side Rail Yards. These proposals will be only be available for public comment for a period of two weeks. The proposals:

  • Brookfield Properties preserves the entire historic High Line.
  • Extell Developers preserves the entire historic High Line.
  • The Related Companies (plan not available online) preserves the entire historic High Line.
  • Tishman Speyer (plan not available online) preserves the High Line along Twelfth Avenue, but tears down the easternmost portion on 30th Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, and the spur over Tenth Avenue.
  • The Durst Organization and Vornado Trust only preserves a partial section. It demolishes the structure along Twelfth Avenue and the easternmost section on 30th Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues. The historic High Line would be replaced with another bridge structure. From today’s New York Sun: The Durst – Vornado proposal includes a glassed-in galleria and an aerial walkway called the "skyline" that one of the architects, Daniel Kaplan of FxFowle, said would be the "21st century version of the High Line."

We are excited that the majority of the proposals preserve the entire High Line — a clear demonstration that the developers recognize its inherent value as a central component to the fully developed Rail Yards. However, this does not mean the High Line will necessarily be saved, even if one of the more favorable proposals is selected. The MTA will continue to negotiate with developers, even after one of them is selected. We hope you will urge the MTA to make preservation of the entire High Line a requirement of the selected plan.

Let the MTA Hear From You
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We strongly urge you to go view and comment on the five developer proposals in the next two weeks. You will have the opportunity to comment on each developer’s proposal individually.

Public Viewing of Rail Yards Bid Proposals
335 Madison Avenue
(Northwest corner of Vanderbilt Avenue and 43rd Street)
Across from Grand Central Terminal
Daily 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Closed Thanksgiving


After the period of public comment, a Selection Committee made up of the MTA and the Hudson Yards Development Corporation will review the proposals. A selection is expected in the next two to three months. Until that time, we need your help ensure that preservation of the High Line is made a top priority in the review of proposals for this site.

The rail yards development process will continue to advance rapidly. Please continue to watch our e-newsletter for announcements about possible special viewing opportunities and other community events.

Read theNew York Times article.
Read the New York Sun article.
Read the AM New York article.
View the MTA's Press Release on the Development Proposals.

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Please join Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to preview and weigh in on the new High Line designs.

Next Tuesday, October 23, will be the first public opportunity to see preliminary design plans for Section 2 of the High Line (20th Street to 30th Street). The High Line design team lead, James Corner, principal of landscape architecture firm Field Operations, and Ricardo Scofidio, of architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, will present the design concept, answer questions, and take comments.

High Line Section 2 Community Input Forum
Tuesday, October 23, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Cedar Lake Theater
547 West 26th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues)

Please RSVP to be assured a seat.


On Wednesday, November 7, Friends of the High Line Co-Founder Robert Hammond will speak at Google's New York City headquarters. The talk will focus on Friends of the High Line as an organization. Robert will discuss how the lessons and successes of the High Line project can serve as a model for other community action projects or for anyone interested in starting their own non-profit organization.

Friends of the High Line as a Model
Wednesday, November 7, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Google Tech Talks Room
76 Ninth Avenue (between 15th and 16th Streets)

Please RSVP to be assured a seat.


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Please join Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation for a community input forum focusing on the preliminary designs for High Line Section 2 (20th Street to 30th Street). Lead High Line architect James Corner, principal of landscape architecture firm Field Operations, and Ricardo Scofidio, of architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, will present the design concept, answer questions, and take comments. This is the first time this new work will be shown to the general public.

High Line Section 2 Community Input Forum
Thursday, October 23, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Cedar Lake Theater
547 West 26th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues)

Seating is limited. You must RSVP to be assured a seat.


FHL seeks an individual with demonstrated interest and experience in architecture, design, and urban planning to work with the Director of Planning on various projects related to the planning, design, and future operation of the High Line. Section 1 of the High Line is expected to open to the public in the fall of 2008.

Depending on individual qualifications, responsibilities may include producing presentation and exhibition materials, reviewing design and development proposals, and reviewing construction submittals. The position will be a 6– to 9–month paid fellowship beginning in November. Salary to be commensurate with experience.

Qualifications:
  • Individual must be self-motivated, creative, organized, and able to work independently.
  • Minimum 3 years experience in architecture, landscape architecture, planning, or urban design
  • Bachelor's degree required. Advanced degree desirable but not required.
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite and MS Office Suite.
For more information and application instructions, please download the complete job description.

No phone calls, please.


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