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FHL Newsletter
JANUARY 22, 2002

A project of the Design Trust for Public Space, with Friends of the High Line

January 23, 2002 – March 5, 2002
Municipal Art Society
457 Madison Avenue at 51st Street
Please join us for an opening reception
Wednesday, February 6. 6PM-8PM

The exhibition is the culmination of at 12-month study of the High Line and its redevelopment potential, undertaken by architect Casey Jones for the Design Trust for Public Space, with Friends of the High Line. It is based on the just-published publication, Reclaiming the High Line, which will be available for the first time at the reception. The published study will also be available at Urban Center Books, 457 Madison Avenue.


We are currently awaiting the decision of Honorable Judge Diane Lebedeff, of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, regarding the Article 78 lawsuit jointly filed by the New York City Council, the Manhattan Borough President, Friends of the High Line, and six community residents and businessowners, challenging the City's right to enter into a High Line demolition agreement outside of ULURP, the land use review process mandated by the City Charter.

In late December, 2001, FHL won a temporary restraining order (TRO) from Judge Lebedeff preventing the City signing a demolition agreement until she ruled on the case, in early 2002. But in a last minute flurry of procedural maneuvering, the outgoing Giuliani administration was able to vacate the TRO. Though the former administration signed the demolition agreement, FHL will continue to fight it, and we remain confident that we will ultimately prevail.


We are very pleased to congratulate two long-time supporters of Friends of the High Line, Gifford Miller and Amanda Burden, on their important new posts: Speaker of the New York City Council and Chair of the New York City Planning Commission, respectively.

Speaker Miller is one of FHL's most dedicated supporters. Working with Councilmember Christine Quinn, he sponsored last year's City Council resolution in favor of rail-banking the High Line, which was passed unanimously by the Council. Speaker Miller has worked tirelessly with FHL since its inception, ensuring that the High Line's historic significance and its potential as a public open space are appreciated by his colleagues and peers. We wish him a most successful and productive term.

Ms. Burden has supported the efforts of FHL almost since its inception, co-chaired FHL's successful art auction/benefit party last summer, and offered valuable input to Casey Jones's study of the High Line. FHL heartily congratulates Ms. Burden and looks forward to seeing the positive effects of her visionary leadership as New York City rebuilds and grows.


The High Line elevated rail viaduct has been chosen by the Preservation League of New York State as one of the seven most endangered historic sites in the State. Also on the list this year is Eero Saarinen's TWA Terminal, at JFK Airport. Friends of the High Line, the Preservation League of New York State, and the Municipal Art Society will hold a press conference about the movement to save the High Line and the TWA Terminal, on Thursday, January 24, at the Municipal Art Society. For more information, contact Robert Hammond, info@thehighline.org

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