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Please join FHL on October 28 for a public discussion of design objectives for the High Line's conversion to public space. A design for the High Line will be created during the next 12 months. This is your opportunity to voice your ideas, visions, and concerns at the very start of the process.

At the forum, participants will review proposals created in the Designing the High Line competition, share ideas, express priorities, and determine a set of community goals for the High Line's design. These community goals will ultimately be given to prospective design teams as part of a formal Request for Proposals.

Tuesday, October 28, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Metropolitan Pavilion
110 West 19th Street (6th/7th Avenues)
RSVP by October 20 to Olivia Stinson at olivia@thehighline.org or (212) 631-9188


Late in the summer, Thirteen/WNET New York TV broadcast a wonderful segment about Designing the High Line, FHL's ideas competition, on its "New York Voices" program. The segment captures the spirit of creativity and innovation embodied by the competition itself and its 720 entries. Anyone interested in the High Line will want to watch it. It can be viewed online: click here.

It will also be rebroadcast on Friday, October 10th at 10:00pm

The public is invited to comment on the draft scoping document for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the West Chelsea Zoning.

October 2, 2003, 10:00 AM
Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street
(1 block north of Chambers Street, between Broadway and Centre Street)

Based on session testimony, the draft scope will be revised into a final scope, which will identify the subjects of study and methodologies of the EIS, a key component of the public review process. By commenting on the draft scope at this time, members of the public can raise issues they feel require study in the EIS and should be put into the final scope. Comments received during the draft scope's public hearing and written comments received up to 10 days after the hearing will be considered for inclusion.

On September 25, the New York City Department of City Planning formally announced its plans to rezone the West Chelsea neighborhood that surrounds the High Line. Reuse of the High Line as public open space is a focal point of the plan, which also includes provisions to help retain the art gallery district and to provide new housing opportunities.



Friends of the High Line (FHL) is pleased to be one of the many participants citywide in openhousenewyork (OHNY).

Over the course of the October 11 – 12 weekend, OHNY will provide free access to over 80 sights in all five boroughs – sites that are usually closed to the public, including tunnels, towers, boardrooms, mansions, and historic sites. Since FHL cannot provide large-scale public access to the High Line at this time (the structure is still owned/managed by Conrail/CSX), we are offering access to a rooftop adjacent to the Line from which most of the Line can be viewed:

Saturday, October 11, 10:00am – 4:00 PM
511 West 25th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues)

For more information: click here. Special thanks to Whitehall and Jack Fuchs for their cooperation.

This Thursday, September 18, the New York City Department of City Planning will present a proposed rezoning for the far West Chelsea neighborhood surrounding the High Line. Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity for public comment. We urge FHL supporters who attend to comment positively on the plan’s building guidelines for new construction adjacent to the High Line, which will help maintain light, air, and views on the Line. In addition, we urge positive comment on the plan’s retention of the M1-5 (manufacturing) zoning in designated mid-block areas, which is vital for the continued vitality of the art community. Sign up as you enter if you wish to comment. The earlier you arrive and sign up, the earlier you will get to speak.

Thursday, September 18, 2003 @ 7:00 PM
Hudson Guild Auditorium at Fulton Center
119 Ninth Avenue (17th/18th Streets)

On Saturday, October 11, Friends of the High Line will participate in the inaugural openhousenewyork (OHNY), one of the largest celebrations of architecture and design in New York City history. OHNY will invite the public inside 75 fascinating sites, many of which are usually closed to the public, in all five boroughs—at no charge. Since we cannot offer tours of the High Line to the general public, FHL will participate by offering a unique rooftop view of the High Line. To request information on the OHNY inaugural weekend event, contact info@ohny.org.

OHNY needs your help in staffing these sites to ensure that each individual open house runs smoothly for visitors and building owners alike. The time commitment can be as little as four hours. Perks include a volunteer button that would allow you to jump the queue at other OHNY sites, a Not For Tourist Guidebook, and the gratitude of the thousands who will attend. Volunteer names will be entered in a drawing for a signed copy of photographer Stanley Greenberg's new book, Waterworks, which captures the beauty and mystery of New York's hidden water system.

If you're interested in being part of the OHNY team for our groundbreaking inaugural event, please click here to register.

If you have any questions regarding volunteering, please e-mail volunteer@ohny.org.

As part of a multi-stage planning process leading to a design master plan for the High Line, Friends of the High Line (FHL) will hold an open community input session on October 28. There, FHL will solicit public comment on the design proposals created for Designing the High Line, the ideas competition FHL held earlier this year. We invite local residents and business-owners and all interested New Yorkers to come tell FHL which designs you liked (and which ones you didn’t like) and let us know what good ideas might have been missed by all 720 competition entrants. Public comment gathered at this event will be distilled into a list of community-mandated design guidelines that will be included in the Request for Proposals to be distributed to prospective design teams. This event offers High Line community members and the general public a valuable opportunity to register comments and ideas at the very start of the design process. We hope to see you there.

Tuesday, October 28 @ TIME TBA (Evening)
Metropolitan Pavilion
110 West 19th Street (6th/7th Avenues)

Please RSVP to Olivia Stinson via e-mail at olivia@thehighline.org.

We will inform you of the meeting's start time in a future e-mail, or you can check the FHL Web site for updates.

Following a three-year campaign for historic district designation by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) and its Save Gansevoort Market project, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) voted to approve the proposed Gansevoort Market Historic District on September 9, 2003. The designation will play a crucial role in preserving the historic character of one of the most vibrant High Line neighborhoods.

Announcing the designation, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said, "We are very excited about the critical role that the Gansevoort Market Historic District, with its unique sense of place and historic importance, will play in the development of the Far West Side. This is just the first of several key projects, including the restoration of the High Line, the construction of Hudson River Park, and the development of the Hudson Yards, that form the core of the administration's plans for the Far West Side. When completed, these projects will revitalize the West Side of Manhattan, forming a necklace of dynamic waterfront communities, each with their own unique assets."

To view the Landmark Preservation Commission's press release, click here.

This major preservation victory could not have happened without the diligent work of Save Gansevoort Market co-chairs Jo Hamilton and Florent Morellet and GVSHP executive director Andrew Berman (all three of whom have also been dedicated supporters of the High Line's preservation). Friends of the High Line extends them thanks and congratulations.

Many FHL supporters have inquired about getting copies of the magnificent video presentation about the High Line, directed and produced by John Zieman, that was displayed at Grand Central Terminal during the Designing the High Line exhibition. The video, which features interviews with Edward Norton and Diane von Furstenberg, as well as spectacular High Line footage shot atop the Line, is now available through FHL. VHS and DVD copies are available, $15 each, including shipping and handling. To order, please contact Rick Little via e-mail rick@thehighline.org or telephone at (212) 631-9188.

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