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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.


Representing a major positive step forward in the rail yards development process, the MTA announced yesterday that it would make information on the design proposals available for public review and comment, prior to recommendation of a selection to the MTA Board. In a press statement, the MTA stated that it "is committed to engaging the public in the design review process in a meaningful way."

This is good news for the public, as the rail yards sites represent the single biggest development parcel in Manhattan and development there will have a significant and permanent impact on the future of the city. This is also good news for the High Line, as we will now be able to see how each developer proposes to treat the High Line.

As had been rumored, the MTA received proposals yesterday from the following five developers/teams (in alphabetical order):

  1. Brookfield Properties Developer LLC
  2. Extell Development Company
  3. The Related Companies
  4. Tishman Speyer Realty
  5. Vornado Realty Trust and The Durst Organization, Inc. (in a joint venture)

We thank the MTA for their continued commitment to public involvement in the development process. We also want to thank our local elected officials and their staff, who wrote letters to the MTA and supported this effort. We also thank the Hudson Yards Community Advisory Committee and Manhattan Community Board #4 for their continued role in ensuring public involvement in the planning process.

View the MTA's Press Release.
View Senator Duane's Press Release.

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Last weekend, Friends of the High Line brought more than 700 people up onto the High Line for the first-ever public tours of the structure. The tours, part of Open House New York (OHNY) weekend, took place on the West Side Rail Yards section of the High Line (30th Street to 34th Street), which still exists in its wild, self-seeded state. Our volunteers led tours along the northern third of the High Line, focusing on the history of the structure, Friends of the High Line's efforts to preserve it, the plans for its reuse as a park, and the future of the rail yards section.

We received more than 5,000 responses to our announcement about the public tours, and all slots were filled within 15 minutes of the announcement. It was frustrating for us not to be able to accommodate everyone who expressed interest. We understand that many of our supporters were disappointed to find that the tours were full before they were even able to RSVP. However, we were required to limit tour size because of safety concerns and permitting requirements associated with the structure.

We'd like to thank everyone who participated in the OHNY tours this weekend. Thanks especially to CSX Transportation, the owner of the High Line north of 30th Street, for making the tours possible. Thanks also to the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, OHNY, and our wonderful Friends of the High Line volunteers.

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The New Yorker Passport to the Arts
Saturday, November 10
Gallery Tour: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Cocktail Reception: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tickets are $40
To purchase tickets to this event, please call (866) 468-7619 or visit www.ticketweb.com and search for "Passport to the Arts."

For more information, please visit the Passport to the Arts Web site.

Please do not RSVP to Friends of the High Line.

On Wednesday, November 7, Friends of the High Line Co-Founder Robert Hammond will give a lecture at Google's New York headquarters. The talk will focus on how the lessons and successes of the High Line project can serve as a model for other community activism 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

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


On Tuesday, October 16, Friends of the High Line Co-Founder Joshua David will speak on a panel entitled "A Civic Activist Boot Camp: Working Within and Without the System." The panel is part of the Municipal Art Society's (MAS) public programs surrounding its exhibition "Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York", running through January 5, 2008. Tickets are available for this panel and other MAS programs on the MAS Web site ($12 for the public, $8 for MAS members and students).

Please do not RSVP to FHL

Visit the MAS Web site to purchase tickets.

Friends of the High Line has outgrown its current office space and will be moving to a larger space in the coming months. In preparation for this expansion, FHL is looking for donations of building materials and supplies as well as office furniture (desks, chairs, file cabinets).

If you have materials to donate, please contact Rick Little at rick@thehighline.org.

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Join Friends of the High Line and the Horticulture Society of New York (HSNY) this Saturday, September 29, as we present a tour of HSNY's GreenBranches sites in Red Hook, Brooklyn. We will meet in Manhattan, where a trolley will pick us up and take us to the Red Hook sites.

GreenBranches is a community project which works to install and maintain gardens around the city's public library branches. In conjunction with HSNY's GreenHouse program, many of the sites are maintained by former inmates at Rikers Island who have been trained in horticultural and landscape maintenance. Other sites are maintained by student groups through HSNY's Apple Seeds program.

Learn more about HSNY's Greenbranches Program

Tour of GreenBranches Sites
Saturday, September 29
10:00 AM &ndash 1:00 PM

RSVP for meeting location


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On Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7, for the first time ever, the High Line will be open to the public as part of the annual Open House New York (OHNY) weekend. Our staff and volunteers will lead tours of the High Line's northern section, which still exists its wild, self-seeded state. A limited number of these tour slots are being held especially for High Line supporters on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning today. After these slots are filled, more spaces will be available for the general public beginning this Friday.

High Line tours at Open House New York
Saturday & Sunday, October 6 & 7
11:00 AM &ndash 4:00 PM

For RSVP instructions, please email ohny@thehighline.org.

Because we anticipate a high volume of responses, we ask our supporters to limit themselves to two tickets apiece.


OHNY is an annual weekend-long event that opens sites of architectural and historical interest to the public. The High Line has been an OHNY site since the event began in 2003, but in previous years, participants were only permitted to view the High Line from surrounding buildings. Special thanks to CSX Transportation and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation for making these tours possible.

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