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Today The New York Times reports that the Dia Art Foundation plans to construct a new museum adjacent to the High Line. The museum would be located at the corner of Gansevoort and Washington Streets, at the High Line's southern terminus, in the Meatpacking District.

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About Dia: Dia Art Foundation was founded in 1974. A nonprofit institution, Dia plays a vital role among visual-arts organizations nationally and internationally by initiating, supporting, presenting, and preserving art projects, and by serving as a locus for interdisciplinary art and criticism. Dia presents its permanent collection at Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, in Beacon, New York; exhibitions and public programming in New York City; and long-term, site-specific projects in the western United States, in New York City, and on Long Island. For more information: http://www.diacenter.org

"The new High Line park, an industrial reclamation project in-keeping with Dia's long-standing interest in renovating existing structures, will become one of the most exciting new features of New York City," said Dia's President and Director Michael Govan. "We would like to provide a cultural anchor for this innovative public space. It's perfect for Dia – we would have two large light-filled museums on the Hudson, one in Beacon for the collection and one in Manhattan for more contemporary exhibitions." The Nabisco printing facility that has become Dia:Beacon was originally connected by the High Line rail to the former Nabisco buildings on 14th Street, as well as to Dia's proposed new site a few blocks south. The Hudson River's proximity and the adjacent single-story meat market buildings afford the location an unusual abundance of light and open space, not unlike Dia's property in Beacon.

Dia's proposal will require a public review process, and approval by the City of New York. Dia hopes that, if approved, the new facility could open as early as 2007 in conjunction with the first phase of the High Line.

The May 4 edition of The Wall Street Journal included a very positive review by architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable of "The High Line" exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art and the High Line project as a whole.

"'The High Line'—a project initiated by a private group, the Friends of the High Line, which has already enlisted state and city support and funding—brings us home to New York and a proposal that ranks with the best of them," writes Huxtable. "This imaginative and sensitive scheme is so well conceived and its design development is being so well orchestrated, in everything from its excellent Web site to its practical execution, that it serves as an object lesson for a preservation movement increasingly mired in sentimentality, amateurism and political infighting as judgment is defaulted through a lack of appropriate critical standards for modernist buildings coming of age."

Read The Wall Street Journal article

Friends of the High Line is looking for a new T-shirt design. The shirts will be worn by members of the public who want to show support for the High Line at an upcoming New York City Council hearing. Following the hearing, the shirts will be sold in local stores.

Contest Deadline: May 11, 2005

The winning designer will receive two tickets to Friends of the High Line's 5th Annual Summer Benefit, on July 13, 2005 ($1,000 value).

View guidelines and submission requirements

Friends of the High Line is looking for a new T-shirt design. The shirts will be worn by members of the public who want to show support for the High Line at an upcoming New York City Council hearing. Following the hearing, the shirts will be sold in local stores.

Contest Deadline: May 11, 2005.

The winning designer will receive two tickets to Friends of the High Line's 5th Annual Summer Benefit, on July 13, 2005 ($1,000 value).

View Guidelines and Submission Requirements

FHL is currently seeking a Special Projects Manager. This person will be responsible for coordinating with current staff to manage special projects including community outreach, business outreach, volunteer coordination, marketing, archiving, community events, and education programs.

View Job Description and Application Details.

Friends of the High Line is pleased to announce the launch of a new Web site showcasing High Line preliminary designs by the team of Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The site features selections from a Framework Plan for the whole High Line and a Preliminary Design for first section to be constructed, from Gansevoort Street to 15th Street.

The preliminary designs were created by the design team under the direction of Friends of the High Line and the City of New York, with public input gathered at multiple community input forums. Selections from this work are also on view at the Museum of Modern Art, through July 18. For more information on the MoMA exhibition, go to the MoMA Web site.

The overall concept and design for the Web site was led by PSNew York, a bi-coastal design studio, in collaboration with Unity Theory, which was responsible for the flash development. "The site was envisioned to embody the meandering, exploratory quality of the design team's work," said PSNew York's Penelope Hardy. "Built as a long scrolling path, the site's linear experience allows visitors to stop in each section and gather more detailed information about the preliminary design."

FHL encourages all visitors to the site to submit comments and questions on the preliminary designs through the design site's Feedback section or by sending an e-mail to community@thehighline.org.

View New Design Site

A public presentation of the Preliminary Designs by members of the Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro team will take place on May 3 at the Bohen Foundation. FHL is especially pleased to be presenting in this venue, which was designed by LOT/EK Architecture. (LOT/EK's Giuseppe Lignano and Ada Tolla designed FHL's 2003 Ideas Competition exhibition at Grand Central Terminal.)

Tuesday, May 3, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
The Bohen Foundation
415 West 13th Street (9th Avenue-Washington Street)
RSVP to (212) 206-9922, or community@thehighline.org

Please Note: This event will be fully attended to the room's capacity. To ensure a place, you may wish to come early. Doors will open at 6:00 pm. If you cannot attend but wish to learn about the preliminary designs, please visit http://www.thehighline.org/design. To send us comments or questions on the preliminary designs, please go the design site's Feedback section or send an e-mail to community@thehighline.org.

A rezoning proposal for the West Chelsea blocks around the High Line will be the subject of a public hearing before the City Planning Commission on April 6, 2005, at 10:00 AM. FHL needs High Line supporters to attend the hearing and sign up to speak in favor of positive measures in the zoning, including those that support the High Line's transformation to public open space. If you would like to testify, please contact community engagement manager Chara Ann Tappin: chara@thehighline.org; (212) 206-9922.

City Planning Commission Hearing
April 6, 2005; 10:00 AM
Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Theater 2
Borough of Manhattan Community College
199 Chambers St (bet. Greenwich and West Streets)

We need letters of support, too — a great way of helping out if you can't attend the hearing. We've made it simple and easy. Instructions and sample text.

Please mark your calendars: On Wednesday, July 13, 2005, Friends of the High Line will hold its 5th Annual Summer Benefit, hosted by Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and Ambassador Carl Spielvogel; Edward Norton; and Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller.

For more information or to join the benefit committee, please contact development director Juliet Page: (212) 206-9922; juliet@thehighline.org.

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