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  We're bringing the Summer Benefit back to the High Line neighborhood.
On Wednesday evening, June 20, we'll meet for cocktails at the new Frank Gehry-designed IAC building. Then we'll cross 19th Street for dinner at David Zwirner gallery. After dinner, join us for desserts, dancing, and late-night brasserie fare at the Highliners Summer Party, which will be held back at IAC, hosted by our new young supporters group, the Highliners. Admission to the Highliners Summer Party is included with a table or dinner ticket purchase, or you can buy a separate ticket just to the Highliners Summer Party.

And back by popular demand: the High Line umbrella – a new, artist-designed version is this year's event gift.

There are several ways to help and be listed on the invitation:

  • Highliners Summer Party host (buy a $250 ticket – dinner not included; party starts at 9:30 PM)
  • Dinner host (buy two $1,000 dinner tickets)
  • Benefit committee and table host (starting at $15,000)
To be listed on the invitation, please contact Tara Morris at tara@thehighline.org or (212) 206-9922, or buy your tickets online before the end of the day Monday, May 7.

We are only mailing Summer Benefit invitations to our current financial supporters. If you are not currently a donor and would like to receive a mailed invitation, please contact Tara Morris at tara@thehighline.org or (212) 206-9922.

Special thanks to our Benefit Sponsors:
Theory, Millennium Partners, Handel Architects LLP
domino magazine, Extell Development Company, IAC, Moët Hennessey USA, Select Equity Group, The Standard, Taconic Investment Partners LLC

(list current as of May 3)

  One-third of the High Line is threatened with demolition at the West Side Rail Yards. You can help us save it.

Support the High Line by attending a public forum on the development of the West Side Rail Yards, hosted by Hudson Yards Development Corporation (HYDC) and Manhattan Community Board 4.

West Side Rail Yards: Public Forum
Tuesday, May 8
6:00 PM
(Come early to be assured a seat)
Hartley House
413 West 46th Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues)


PLEASE RSVP to railyards@thehighline.org so we can update you as necessary.

This will be the first public presentation of proposed design guidelines for the rail yards. You’ll learn more about the rail yards redevelopment – one of the most important planning issues facing New York City today. The presentation will address many issues, including building heights, density, uses, affordable housing, and open space. It will also show the current plans for the High Line at the site: whether preservation of the historic structure will be mandated or whether developers will be allowed to demolish the High Line north of 30th Street.

Note: The High Line between Gansevoort Street and West 30th Street is secure, under City ownership, and under construction to become a public park. We thank Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the New York City Council, and Speaker Christine Quinn for the success and momentum of the project below 30th Street and crucial funding. Major funds for the High Line below 30th Street have also come from Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. But the rail yards section, which includes many of the most beautiful vistas on the High Line, is not secure. Its future will be determined in the planning process for the West Side Rail Yards.

Come to the public forum. Now is our chance to show the MTA, which owns the rail yards, how important it is to preserve the High Line at the site.

We need your support. Please email railyards@thehighline.org if you can attend.

Sign up now to join us at our public programming events this spring. Unless noted, events are free, but RSVP is required.

May 12: Gowanus Canoe Tour
FHL joins the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club and the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative to host a day of canoe tours on the Gowanus Canal. This former industrial waterway in Brooklyn is slated to undergo revitalization and habitat restoration in the coming years. Tours begin at 10:00 AM and 12:00 Noon, and space is very limited. RSVP for meeting location.

May 10, 13, 15, and 16: High Line Historical Walking Tours
Architectural historian Matt Postal will lead four street–level walking tours focused on the High Line's former use as a rail viaduct. These tours are offered in conjunction with the David Bowie–curated High Line Festival. All tours begin at 5:30 PM except 5/13, which begins at 1:00 PM. Tours last approximately 90 minutes. Cost is $8, payable at the event. RSVP for meeting location.

May 19: West Side Improvement Bike Tour
Architectural historian Matt Postal will lead a bike tour of the sites along the Hudson River waterfront that were part of the West Side Improvement, the massive 1930's public works project that included the High Line. This tour is presented as park of Bike Month NYC. Tour begins at 1:00 PM and space is very limited. RSVP for meeting location.

May 24: High Line Designers Lecture, featuring Ricardo Scofidio
FHL continues its series of design talks with members of the High Line design team. Architect Ricardo Scofidio, principal at the firm of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, will focus on some of the firm's other work, including the recently–opened Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. The lecture will be held in the lobby of the new Frank Gehry-designed IAC headquarters. Lecture begins at 6:30 PM. RSVP required.

This Saturday, FHL presents the next in a series of Chelsea gallery tours led by art world leaders. Debra Singer, Executive Director and Chief Curator of The Kitchen, will lead High Line supporters on a walking tour of her favorite Chelsea galleries. This tour is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP for meeting location.

Read an interview with Debra Singer.

West Chelsea Gallery Tour
Saturday, April 28
2:00 PM
RSVP required


Please save Tuesday, May 8, on your calendar. In an important public forum that evening (time and location to be announced), the Hudson Yards Development Corporation (HYDC) and the MTA will publicly present proposed design guidelines for the West Side Rail Yards, where one-third of the historic High Line structure is located.

The future of this part of the High Line (30th – 34th Streets, between 10th and 12th Avenues) remains unresolved.

The City secured the section below 30th Street in 2005, and Section 1 of the High Line is projected to open in 2008, thanks in large part to the leadership of the Bloomberg administration, which has engaged Friends of the High Line in a productive exchange.

But above 30th Street, the future of the High Line depends on how the MTA-owned rail yards are developed.

At the May 8 meeting, the public will see design guidelines for the rail yards for the first time. We hope High Line supporters will attend this important meeting.

Time and location details will follow in a subsequent email newsletter.

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The Chelsea Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project is now taking applications for its 8th season. The CSA brings afordable, locally grown, organic produce from Stoneledge Farm, in the Hudson Valley, to community residents. Community members join by signing up at the beginning of the growing season for a weekly share of vegetables or fruit (a vegetable share typically covers a family of 3 to 4, and shares may be split). Produce is delivered weekly for about 24 weeks to Hudson Guild. CSA members sign up for 2 to 4 volunteer shifts during the season. Members may also choose to subsidize a share for a low-income family in the community.

For 50 years, the High Line brought produce and other agricultural goods from upstate New York and the Hudson Valley to Manhattan's West Side. The CSA program re-establishes this vital connection between farm and city by allowing New Yorkers to buy their food directly from the people who grow it. FHL's staff is pleased to participate in the CSA program with the purchase of several shares for 2007. The Chelsea CSA is part of a city-wide CSA program supporting small organic farms and encouraging New Yorkers to eat locally. Information about CSAs in other neighborhoods can be found at www.justfood.org/csa.

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James Corner, landscape architect and urban designer, will give a free High Line design preview on May 14. Corner is the founder and director of Field Operations, the landscape architecture firm working with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro on the design for the High Line. This presentation is being held in conjunction with the High Line Festival, curated by David Bowie and running May 9 – 19.

RSVP is required.

High Line Design Presentation with James Corner
Monday, May 14
6:30 PM
Great Hall
Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street at Third Avenue
RSVP


Please join us at one of two photography sessions for Friends of the High Line's Portrait Project. We are creating and publicly exhibiting portraits of High Line friends and supporters. Photographer Tom Kletecka will photograph High Line supporters in front of a Joel Sternfeld High Line background, as he has at several of our past events. Portraits will then be displayed around the High Line neighborhood, mounted to the construction fencing surrounding nearby developments. Portraits will also be archived on a special Web site and possibly used in a publication. Each participant will receive a copy of his or her portrait to keep.

Please RSVP to rsvp@thehighline.org.
To help us avoid long lines, be sure to include the time you're planning on coming.

Friday, March 9, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Community Space, Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Avenue (between 15th and 16th Streets)
Subway: A, C, E, or L to 14th Street and 8th Avenue

Saturday, March 31, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Hudson Guild
Dan Carpenter Room, 2nd Floor
441 West 26th Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues)
Subway: C or E to 23rd Street and 8th Avenue

This project has been made possible by Fujifilm USA.

EnlargeGordon Matta-Clark's "Day's End, 1975,"
two chromogenic color prints from his
retrospective at the Whitney.
On Tuesday, March 27, Whitney exhibition curator Elisabeth Sussman will take supporters of Friends of the High Line on a behind-the-scenes tour of the current retrospective of the work of artist Gordon Matta-Clark. This private tour will start at 7:00 PM and last about an hour.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to rsvp@thehighline.org

From the March 3 New York Times review:

In "Day's End," (photos above) Matta-Clark cut a big, eye-shaped opening in the back wall of a warehouse along the West Side piers in Manhattan (a favorite S&M haunt in the 1970s), allowing a blazing light to spill into the cavernous interior. In one of the most striking images of this project, the cut-out portion is suspended by chains in the warehouse space, giving a powerful impression of its weight and scale.

About the Exhibit:
During the brief but highly productive ten years that he worked as an artist, and even more so since his death, Gordon Matta-Clark (1943 – 1978) has exerted a powerful influence on artists and architects who know his work. This retrospective will bring together the breadth of his practice to reveal the unique beauty and radical nature evident in the many media in which he worked: sculptural objects, drawings, films, photographs, notebooks, and documentary material.

The Whitney Museum of American Art recently announced that it plans to establish a new contemporary art facility at the southern end of the High Line, at the corner of Gansevoort Street and Washington Street. Though the project must still go through a public review process, Friends of the High Line and the Whitney hope to develop collaborative programs in advance of construction.

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Some of you have asked us questions about the construction site at Washington Street, between Little West 12th Street and West 13th Street.

Q: Is this construction part of the High Line's transformation?
A: No, it's the start of a new hotel being developed by André Balazs, called The Standard.

Q: Will the hotel bridge over the High Line?
A: Yes, it will bridge over the High Line structure and its easement. But the space on the High Line underneath the hotel's bridge will remain open to the public, under the jurisdiction of the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation.

Q: What allows this to happen?
A: When the High Line was built in the 1930s, it was designed to connect to buildings and to pass through building interiors. A 30-foot-high "box easement" had to be left for the trains to pass through. These connections and pass-throughs allowed trains to load and unload directly into warehouses and factories. You can see historic examples of this condition at Chelsea Market (between 15th and 16th Streets) and the former Cudahy meatpacking plant, on 14th Street.

Q: Can the High Line be bridged at any site up and down the Line?
A: No, bridging over the easement is forbidden north of 16th Street. This restriction was established as part of the 2005 rezoning of West Chelsea, which included numerous provisions to support the reuse of the High Line. South of 16th Street, the pre-existing manufacturing zoning remains, and thus bridging over the structure is still allowed. But the hotel site is the only privately owned site left south of 16th Street that is configured in a manner to allow this kind of construction to occur.

Q: How does Friends of the High Line feel about the High Line being bridged?
A: The High Line's interactions with surrounding buildings have always been one of its most interesting qualities. When the High Line opens to the public, the fact that the park will pass through building interiors will be one of its compelling attributes, differentiating it both from other City parks and other rail-banked trails, which generally run through rural areas. The pass-throughs at Chelsea Market and the Cudahy building are among our favorite spots on the Line. This kind of connectivity to the surrounding built environment will add interest and excitement to the new park, but we would not want to see the High Line bridged over at every site up and down the Line. Thus we are pleased that the West Chelsea rezoning forbids it north of 16th Street and that no other private sites remain south of 16th Street where the High Line can be bridged.

If you have questions or comments about this project, please email them to us at info@thehighline.org.


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