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Friends of the High Line, along with our partners at the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, is proud to announce that the third and northernmost section of the park – the High Line at the Rail Yards – will open to the public on Sunday, September 21, 2014.

Read the full announcement, and learn more about the Rail Yards.

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We will be celebrating the opening of the Rail Yards with a full week of programs. Beginning Monday, September 22 we will host wellness programs, live music and performances, educational talks and tours, after school programs, and so much more.

Read about opening week activities on the High Line Blog.


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Design Competition Update: April 25 Registration Deadline: Register now (and avoid late fees) for Designing the High Line, FHL's open, international ideas competition. Registration deadline: April 25. Submission deadline: May 23. For registration and competition materials, go to http://www.thehighline.org/competition/

Trespassing Warning: There has recently been an increase in illegal trespassing on the High Line. Many people have been issued tickets and summons — we have even heard reports of arrests. We urge you in the strongest terms not to trespass. FHL does not control access to the Line, which is private property, owned and managed by CSX Corporation. Accessing the Line without CSX permission is illegal. Unfortunately, we cannot offer tours to individuals, student groups, or those entering the design competition. Trespassing on the Line threatens FHL's working relationship with CSX, which in turn may threaten our long-term ability to open the Line to full and complete public access. Help us save the High Line and open it to the public: Don't trespass.

New Materials on Website: A selection of High Line photos has been added to the competition website for reference and use in design competition entries. Also, an inventory of existing plant life on the High Line, compiled by Scott D. Appell, a taxonomist from the Horticultural Society of New York, has been added. Go to the "Resources" section of the competition website at http://www.thehighline.org/competition/

Jurors in the Press: Several of the world-renowned jurors of Designing the High Line have recently enjoyed prominent coverage in the press. Dia Art Foundation curator Lynne Cooke was featured April 6 in the New York Times Magazine article about the new Dia museum in Beacon, NY; go to http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/06/magazine/06DIA.html. Architect Bernard Tschumi's new building for Florida International University was featured in the New York Times "Arts & Leisure" section, April 6; go to http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/06/arts/design/06MUSC.html. Landscape architect Julie Bargmann was featured in the May issue of Metropolis.

A big thanks to ZYR Vodka, which generously provided excellent vodka drinks for the January benefit event at Diane von Furstenberg's studio. ZYR, which has been highly rated by Wine Enthusiast, is currently available at many great New York City bars and restaurants, including Lotus, Halo, Suite 16, Town, Nobu, Jean-Georges, Le Cirque, Jimmy's Downtown, Serena, Sessa, Suede, Pipa, Chicama, Patria, L'Express, LOLA, and Ben Benson's – to name just a few.

Mark your calendar for July 9, FHL's Third Annual Summer Benefit. A cocktail party and exclusive preview of the Designing the High Line exhibition of design proposals will be followed by seated dinner. Host committees are forming now. To join a committee or learn more, contact Juliet Page: (212) 631-9188; juliet@thehighline.org.

Last week WABC-7 News in New York City featured a positive story about FHL's efforts to save and reuse the High Line. Based on the feedback we received, the story was widely viewed, and we thank Channel 7 for their interest in the project. Members of the media interested in covering Designing the High Line or FHL in general should contact the Kreisberg Group: Rebecca Bell, (212) 799-5515; rebecca@thekreisberggroup.com.

Summer Street Fairs/Hell's Kitchen Market Opening: Volunteers Needed April 26, May 3, August 2. FHL will be setting up an information booth (featuring a great new exhibit design by Alexandra Scebold) at upcoming street fairs and the Hell's Kitchen flea market opening. We need volunteers to sign up for two or three hour shifts on April 26, May 3, and August 2. It's a fun way to meet your neighbors in Chelsea, Hell's Kitchen, and Greenwich Village and spread the word about the High Line. For more information, contact Justin Rood: (212) 631-9188 or justin@thehighline.org.

At its last meeting, on April 2, Manhattan Community Board No. 4 voted 28-1 to support FHL's efforts to preserve and reuse the High Line for pedestrian use. The Board's vote was a reflection of the overwhelming community support that has developed for the High Line in recent years. We owe huge thanks to the many dedicated High Line preservationists who attended and spoke at Board meetings in the past year. Their presence and testimony made clear to the Board the breadth and depth of community commitment to the High Line. We also thank the elected officials whose backing was crucial: U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York City Council Speaker Gifford Miller, City Council Member Christine Quinn, Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields, State Senators Thomas Duane and Eric Schneiderman, and State Assemblymembers Richard Gottfried and Deborah Glick.

Wednesday, April 2, 2003, 6:00 PM
St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital
1000 Tenth Avenue (58th & 59th Streets)

This Wednesday, April 2, Manhattan Community Board No. 4 will vote on a resolution in support of the preservation and reuse of the High Line. If you are a resident or business-owner in the High Line area, or if you represent a civic organization with links to the issue, you can sign up to speak in support of the pro-High Line resolution. The meeting date, time, and location are above.

The CB4 resolution follows many months of discussion and meetings. At two public CB4-sponsored meetings, in April 2002 and February 2003, community residents, business-owners, and civic groups came out in force to support the High Line. At both hearings, opinion in favor of preservation and reuse in the packed rooms was virtually unanimous. These public meetings led CB4’s Chelsea Planning and Preservation Committee to vote 9-1, with with one abstaining, to recommend that the full Board of CB4 support the High Line preservation and reuse initiative.

FHL often gets requests for tours of the High Line’s elevated rail platform. FHL does not control access to the High Line, which is private property, owned and managed by CSX Corporation. Sometimes CSX will allow FHL to bring a community-based group or a civic organization on the Line. If you represent a local community group or civic organization that wants to tour a portion of the Line, please contact Justin Rood; (212) 631-9188 or via e-mail at: justin@thehighline.org. Unfortunately we cannot offer tours to individuals, student groups, or those entering the design competition.

About trespassing: In the last few weeks, there has been an increase in illegal trespassing on the Line. Accessing the Line without CSX permission is illegal, and we’ve heard reports of numerous ticketings and arrests. FHL urges its supporters in the strongest terms not to trespass in this manner. Trespassing on the Line threatens FHL’s working relationship with CSX, which in turn may threaten our long-term ability to open the Line to full and complete public access. Help us save the High Line and open it to the public: Don’t trespass.

  • Reminder: "Designing the High Line" registration ends April 25. Submissions are due May 23. Go to http://www.thehighline.org/competition for information and registration.
  • Help Spread the Word: Friends of the High Line needs volunteer assistance distributing competition posters and postcards to businesses in the High Line neighborhood. We will be distributing on Thursday, April 3, from 6:30pm – 7:30pm, as well as at other times (to be announced). If you can help, please contact Olivia Stinson at (212) 631-9188 or via e-mail at: olivia@thehighline.org
  • Save the Dates: "Designing the High Line" will be exhibited at Grand Central Terminal July 10-26. Friends of the High Line's annual summer benefit party will be held on at a special preview night, July 9. FHL still seeks event sponsors and host committee members. For more information, contact Juliet Page, (212) 631-9188 or via e-mail at: juliet@thehighline.org

FHL is seeking pro-bono or discounted press relations work in conjunction with its open ideas competition, "Designing the High Line," and the major exhibition scheduled for July 10-26 at Grand Central Terminal. If you have press relations experience and you’re interested in helping us get the word out, please contact Robert Hammond at (212) 631-9188 or via e-mail at: rhammond@thehighline.org