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FHL E-Mail Newsletter
February 27, 2009

IN THIS ISSUE
The High Line Loses 3.5 Tons!
Rail Yards Update: Get Ready
High Line Secures Additional Federal Funding
FHL Now Hiring for Five Positions
Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall Opens to Great Reviews
New on the High Line Blog
Become a Charter Member Before May 31


HIGH LINE LOSES 3.5 TONS!


Earlier this week, the High Line construction crew cut four massive steel panels from the north side of the 10th Avenue Square. The square, which sits over 10th Avenue at 17th Street, will be one of the most distinctive design features when the High Line opens later this year. Glass windows will be installed where the steel panels were, and trees and people will be visible from the street below. A stepped wooden ramp will serve both to bring people down to the windows, and as amphitheater-like seating, making the Square a natural gathering point. Special thanks to David and Hermine Riegerl Heller, and Sukey and Mike Novogratz, for making this feature possible.

More pictures on the High Line Blog



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RAIL YARDS UPDATE: GET READY

Don't miss your chance to show your support for the High Line at the most important public hearing since 2005. The tentative date for the Council hearing is March 18th, during the day. We will send an update to all our supporters when a date is confirmed.

In the next few weeks, the City Council will hold a public hearing regarding its vote on the Eastern Rail Yards zoning text amendments. The hearing, the City Council's first ever on the rail yards, will be a rare opportunity to show the Council how much public support there is for preserving the High Line at the rail yards. It is essential that we make a strong showing at this hearing.

If you want to recieve more information about this hearing, and to get regular updates about our rail yards advocacy, please email railyards@thehighline.org.

What we're asking for: We want the City of New York to take ownership of the High Line at the rail yards. This ownership transfer would happen in the same way it did on the rest of the High Line in 2005, with CSX Transportation, the private railroad company, donating the structure to the City for use as a public open space. City ownership would go a long way towards guaranteeing the High Line's permanent preservation, including the spur.

Why Now? The public review process for the rail yards development is underway. Despite the economic downturn, the developers are moving forward with the public approvals so that when the economy improves they will be ready to begin building. So now, during this public review process, is the time for the City to act on the High Line. City acquisition of the High Line must take place now, before development on the rail yards is given the green light.

Read more background on the High Line Blog




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HIGH LINE SECURES ADDITIONAL FEDERAL FUNDING
Earlier this week, Congress passed the federal budget for fiscal year 2009, which included $410 billion in funding for a wide range of projects and improvements nationwide. The bill included an allocation of $237,500 for the High Line. This bill is separate from President Obama's Economic Recovery Package, but is formulated to work in harmony with it.

Many thanks to Congressman Jerrold Nadler for working to secure this essential funding for the High Line in this difficult financial climate. An ardent transportation advocate, Congressman Nadler was one of the High Line's earliest supporters, fighting for the preservation of this valuable transportation corridor and its reuse for much-needed open space. His work to stop the demolition of the northern part of the High Line in the 1980s predated, and has long inspired, Friends of the High Line's advocacy efforts.



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FHL NOW HIRING FOR FIVE POSITIONS
Friends of the High Line is now hiring for several new positions in the Horticulture and Maintenance & Operations departments, in anticipation of the High Line's opening this spring. For application instructions, please read the job descriptions, below.

No phone calls, please.


  • MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN
    The High Line's Maintenance Technician is a critical member of the Maintenance & Operations team. Reporting to the Supervisor of Maintenance & Operations, the Maintenance Technician will take a leading role in troubleshooting, making adjustments to control systems throughout the park, and ensuring the daily functioning of the High Line's mechanical, electrical, plumbing, irrigation, and security systems.

    View the complete job description



  • GROUNDSKEEPER
    The High Line Groundskeeper is an integral member of both the Maintenance & Operations and Horticulture teams, reporting to the Supervisor of Maintenance & Operations. The Groundskeeper's responsibilities will include, but are not limited to seasonal grounds duties; trash and litter removal; composting, seeding and aeration of turf; power washing planks; and equipment maintenance.

    View the complete job description



  • CUSTODIAN
    The High Line Custodian is an integral part of the High Line's Maintenance & Operations crew, reporting to the Supervisor of Maintenance & Operations. The Custodian's tasks involve maintaining cleanliness of the entire High Line, both topside and at street-level, including public gathering areas, bathrooms, entry ways, elevators and stairs, drinking fountains, and Maintenance & Operations facility.

    View the complete job description



  • FULL-TIME GARDENER
    The Gardener is a central position in the year-round care and maintenance of the park's landscape and grounds. The Gardener will be responsible for all aspects of monitoring, caring for, and reporting on designated park zones, including diverse plantings, hardscape elements, and public use of the area. The High Line is to be maintained sustainably, in a first-class condition, commensurate with the world-class design and the mission of both FHL and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.

    View the complete job description



  • SEASONAL GARDENER
    The High Line Seasonal Gardener is an integral member of the Horticulture team. Together with a team of gardeners, groundskeepers, custodians, and maintenance technicians, as well as the High Line's administrators, the seasonal gardener's responsibilities will include monitoring irrigation of plantings; pruning and clean-up; bulb planting; dividing and transplanting; leaf removal; scouting for pests and disease; staging equipment, supplies, and materials for daily park operations; and other tasks.

    View the complete job description
 

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LINCOLN CENTER'S ALICE TULLY HALL OPENS TO GREAT REVIEWS

Photo by Hiroko Masuike for the New York Times.

Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall reopened last weekend after an overhaul by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro. This is the first New York project for the architects, who are also on the High Line's design team. The Hall is the first of three Diller Scofidio + Renfro projects to be complete as part of the renovation of Lincoln Center.

From the reviews this week, the new Alice Tully looks to be a smash hit. Nicolai Ouroussoff, the architecture critic from the New York Times, calls the revamp of the 1969 modernist building "a revelation." Justin Davidson from New York Magazine notes that "a building so sensitively designed for music can literally sing." and Paul Goldberger of the New Yorker, says that the architects "manage to be bold and subtle at the same time, making a dull building exciting without warping its identity completely."


Boxy to Bold: A Concert Hall Busts Out (The New York Times)

Bully for Tully (New York Magazine)

Center Stage (The New Yorker)


You can go see the new hall for yourself at its Opening Nights Festival. Lincoln Center is offering discount tickets to a variety of events, and special $5 tours, through March 8. The lobby is also free and open to the public at all times.


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NEW ON THE HIGH LINE BLOG


Early High Line Review: "Prosaic" with "Touches of the Sublime"

Bloomberg.com: The High Line=Good Economics

Photo of the Week: Peel-Up Bench Installed!

Photo of the Week: Another West Side Cowboy

Rail Yards: City Planning Hears Testimony on ERY Zoning



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BECOME A CHARTER MEMBER BEFORE MAY 31
Your support has helped us save the High Line and create a park that will change the face of New York City. You have helped preserve the High Line as a reminder of New York's industrial past, and helped design a park that Mayor Bloomberg calls "the world's most innovative park."

Now, we want to make sure that you will be with us and be a part of history when the High Line opens this spring.

If you haven't yet joined, become a Charter Member today, to ensure that you'll be recognized as a visionary who supported the High Line from the start. If you're already a member, renew your membership now for Opening Season, so that you'll get the latest information about opening events.




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CONTACT INFORMATION


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