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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.

The Museum of Modern Art will present new High Line design work by the team of Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro in an exhibition on view April 20-July 18, 2005. "The High Line," curated by Tina di Carlo, Assistant Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, will also include photographs by Joel Sternfeld, as well as other materials.

More Exhibition Info from MoMA

MoMA Address and Hours

The designs to be displayed at MoMA have been curated from a larger body of work that the design team has been developing since fall 2004. The design team created these materials under the direction of the City of New York and Friends of the High Line (FHL), with guidance from the community gathered in multiple public input sessions. The work includes a framework plan for the Line as a whole and a preliminary design for the first stage of the Line to be constructed (from Gansevoort Street to 15th Street). FHL will post a comprehensive selection of this work on its Web site, www.thehighline.org, later this spring. FHL will also host a public presentation during April, with the design team on hand to introduce the material and respond to comments. In upcoming weeks, FHL's E-mail Newsletter will provide dates and details for the Web posting of new design work and the public presentation.

Join FHL's List of Supporters
You can help turn the High Line into a much-needed community amenity just by adding your name to the list of supporters backing the structure's transformation to public open space. FHL will be speaking about the need to preserve and reuse the High Line at upcoming public hearings on the City's proposed West Chelsea rezoning. By adding your name, you'll help FHL advocate for the High Line's needs during the rezoning process. The information you give us will be used for this purpose only and will not be given to other organizations. Add your name to list of FHL supporters.

Make a Tax-Deductible Year-End Gift
The dream of transforming the High Line into an original and innovative public open space moved much closer to reality in 2004. To get a sense of our many major successes, please view our list of 2004 accomplishments and 2005 goals.

We never could have built such momentum without the backing of our generous supporters. We hope you will consider making a year-end, tax-deductible gift to Friends of the High Line to help us secure the High Line's future as a great new public space for New York City.

You can donate online; or send a tax-deductible check payable to Friends of the High Line, 430 West 14th Street, #304, New York, NY 10014; or e-mail FHL's development director, Juliet Page; or call Juliet at (212) 206-9922.

On Thursday, January 6, Manhattan Community Board No. 4 will host a public hearing on the NYC Department of City Planning's proposal to rezone the West Chelsea neighborhood that surrounds the High Line. To support reuse of the High Line at the hearing without attending, please sign onto our list of supporters. If you plan on attending the hearing and would like to speak in support of the High Line, please e-mail FHL's community engagement manager Chara Ann Tappin; or call her at (212) 206-9922.

CB4 Public Hearing on West Chelsea Rezoning
Thursday, January 6, 2005, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Hudson Guild Fulton Center
119 Ninth Avenue (between 17th & 18th Streets)

Questions? E-mail chara@thehighline.org

Summary of December Public Forum
Over 200 people attended FHL's 3rd High Line Community Input Session at the Chelsea Recreation Center on December 2, 2004. A summary of the session and the public dialogue it generated is available on our Web site. Download Input Session Summary.

New York Magazine Article
The High Line project is the focus of a wonderful article in New York Magazine's "It Happened This Year" issue. In it Kurt Anderson writes that this "quixotic, poetic, quasi-utopian, and altogether splendid project has gotten over the hump during 2004." Read New York Magazine article.

2004 Accomplishments and 2005 Goals
We've made many major advances in 2004, and we are working to make sure 2005 is a great one for the High Line. View 2004 accomplishments and 2005 goals.

NYSCA Grant Opportunity
The Architecture, Planning and Design Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (a supporter of Friends of the High Line) is offering project grants for professionals in the design and planning fields. Grants of up to $10,000 will be available for architects, landscape architects, planners, designers and scholars to realize specific projects that advance the field and contribute to the public's understanding of the designed environment. Deadline: March 1, 2005. For more information, see the Architecture, Planning and Design Program's guidelines for the Independent Projects Category on the Council on the Arts' Web site, www.nysca.org.

On the evening of October 19, over 300 participants from the greater High Line community gathered at Metropolitan Pavilion to meet the design team of Field Operations with Diller Scofidio + Renfro and learn about the team's preliminary design concepts for the conversion of the High Line to public open space. Following the presentation and a short question-and-answer session, participants broke into groups to discuss the team's preliminary ideas and to formulate responses. At the conclusion of the evening, a representative from each group presented its comments and recommendations to the assembled forum.

You can view a forum summary online that includes an overview of the October 19 forum, a round-up of the principal questions and comments that emerged, and a transcript of the question-and-answer session. View forum summary.

Community input is an integral part of the design process for the High Line, and there will be opportunity for public participation at regular intervals. We thank all the participants who attended the October 19 forum, and hope that you will join us at the next High Line Community Input Forum on Thursday, December 2.

FHL invites all interested members of the public to attend the third High Line Community Input Forum.

High Line Community Input Forum #3
Thursday, December 2, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Chelsea Recreation Center
430 West 25th Street (9th and 10th Avenues)

Light refreshments will be served
Please RSVP to community@thehighline.org; or call Ameka at (212) 206-9922.

Come see the design of the High Line in process. The design team, led by Field Operations with Diller Scofidio + Renfro, is hard at work developing their vision for the High Line. The architects and engineers will present an update on their work - both a technical assessment of the structure and the ecology on the High Line, as well as new design ideas, including lighting, access and seating. The December 2 forum is a great opportunity to learn more about the High Line design and shape its progress. The goal of the forum is not just for you to hear from the designers but to continue a dialogue between you and the designers. We hope to see you there.

Friend of the High Line owes much of its success to the support of generous businesses in the High Line district.

Thanks to Metropolitan Pavilion for donating one of its beautiful spaces for the October 19 High Line Community Input Forum. It's the third time that Metropolitan Pavilion has provided much-needed space for FHL's community engagements: The Chelsea-based special events venue supported FHL's 2003 design ideas competition and our first input forum in October 2003. For more information on Metropolitan Pavilion call (212) 463-0071.

Thanks to Chelsea Market for providing refreshments at the October 19 High Line Community Input Forum. This wholesale-retail food market and commercial space, occupying the entire block between 9th and 10th Avenues 15th and 16th Streets, is one of the most vital and vibrant spots in the High Line neighborhoods. FHL is grateful to have the support of this landmark Chelsea business. For more information, view their Web site.

Thanks to Chelsea Frames for donating frames to FHL's November 18 Art Auction. Chelsea Frames was voted "Best of New York" for frames in 2003 and 2004 by New York Magazine. For more information view their Web site or call (212) 807-8957.

Thanks to Phillips, de Pury & Company, for hosting the November 18 Contemporary Art Auction, which helped us raise much-needed funds to support FHL's work. Phillips, de Pury & Company is among FHL's most generous supporters, having donated its space for FHL's 4th Annual Summer Benefit this past July. Its galleries offer some of the best High Line views in the district. For more information view their Web site or call (212) 940-1200.

Thanks to Safe Art Transport for donating moving services and ensuring that all the works for the November 18 Contemporary Art Auction arrived on time and in perfect condition. For more information, visit their Web site or call (718) 392-8910.

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