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March 6, 2007

FHL Wants You for the High Line Portrait Project: Upcoming Sessions March 9 & March 31
March 27: Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Gordon Matta-Clark Exhibit at the Whitney
Meet High Line Project Administrator Michael Bradley
Q+A: Hotel Construction on Washington Street


Please join us at one of two photography sessions for Friends of the High Line's Portrait Project. We are creating and publicly exhibiting portraits of High Line friends and supporters. Photographer Tom Kletecka will photograph High Line supporters in front of a Joel Sternfeld High Line background, as he has at several of our past events. Portraits will then be displayed around the High Line neighborhood, mounted to the construction fencing surrounding nearby developments. Portraits will also be archived on a special Web site and possibly used in a publication. Each participant will receive a copy of his or her portrait to keep.

Please RSVP to rsvp@thehighline.org.
To help us avoid long lines, be sure to include the time you're planning on coming.

Friday, March 9, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Community Space, Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Avenue (between 15th and 16th Streets)
Subway: A, C, E, or L to 14th Street and 8th Avenue

Saturday, March 31, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Hudson Guild
Dan Carpenter Room, 2nd Floor
441 West 26th Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues)
Subway: C or E to 23rd Street and 8th Avenue

This project has been made possible by Fujifilm USA.



Gordon Matta-Clark's "Day's End, 1975," two chromogenic color prints from his retrospective
at the Whitney.

On Tuesday, March 27, Whitney exhibition curator Elisabeth Sussman will take supporters of Friends of the High Line on a behind-the-scenes tour of the current retrospective of the work of artist Gordon Matta-Clark. This private tour will start at 7:00 PM and last about an hour.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to rsvp@thehighline.org

From the March 3 New York Times review:
  In "Day's End," (photos above) Matta-Clark cut a big, eye-shaped opening in the back wall of a warehouse along the West Side piers in Manhattan (a favorite S&M haunt in the 1970s), allowing a blazing light to spill into the cavernous interior. In one of the most striking images of this project, the cut-out portion is suspended by chains in the warehouse space, giving a powerful impression of its weight and scale.
About the Exhibit:
During the brief but highly productive ten years that he worked as an artist, and even more so since his death, Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-1978) has exerted a powerful influence on artists and architects who know his work. This retrospective will bring together the breadth of his practice to reveal the unique beauty and radical nature evident in the many media in which he worked: sculptural objects, drawings, films, photographs, notebooks, and documentary material.

The Whitney Museum of American Art recently announced that it plans to establish a new contemporary art facility at the southern end of the High Line, at the corner of Gansevoort Street and Washington Street. Though the project must still go through a public review process, Friends of the High Line and the Whitney hope to develop collaborative programs in advance of construction.


Michael Bradley joined the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation as High Line Project Administrator in November 2006. The first Parks Department employee assigned exclusively to the High Line, Michael oversees coordination and completion of the park's design and construction and directs the planning for maintenance of the park after its opening.

The High Line is Michael's third major New York City park project. For six years before he joined the Parks Department, he was executive director of the Riverside South Planning Corporation, a not-for-profit civic organization established by several major city groups to develop and oversee the implementation of the master plan for Riverside South, the 75-acre former rail yard on the Hudson River. With the Riverside South developers and the Parks Department, he managed the design, permitting, and construction of the 27-acre privately-financed Riverside Park South, now half-completed. He also revived plans for the relocation of the elevated West Side Highway out of the park into a tunnel, persuading the City, State, and developers to partner on a long-term plan to build the tunnel, a portion of which is now under construction.

From 1994 to 2000, Michael was Vice President of Real Estate and Management and Operations at the Hudson River Park Trust, planning the 5-mile long waterfront park and building and operating its first sections. Prior to that he worked for the City Department of Citywide Administrative Services as a land-use planner for City-owned waterfront property in the Bronx. He attended Yale University and received a master's degree in urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia.



Some of you have asked us questions about the construction site at Washington Street, between Little West 12th Street and West 13th Street.

Q: Is this construction part of the High Line's transformation?
A: No, it's the start of a new hotel being developed by André Balazs, called The Standard.

Q: Will the hotel bridge over the High Line?
A: Yes, it will bridge over the High Line structure and its easement. But the space on the High Line underneath the hotel's bridge will remain open to the public, under the jurisdiction of the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation.

Q: What allows this to happen?
A: When the High Line was built in the 1930s, it was designed to connect to buildings and to pass through building interiors. A 30-foot-high "box easement" had to be left for the trains to pass through. These connections and pass-throughs allowed trains to load and unload directly into warehouses and factories. You can see historic examples of this condition at Chelsea Market (between 15th and 16th Streets) and the former Cudahy meatpacking plant, on 14th Street.

Q: Can the High Line be bridged at any site up and down the Line?
A: No, bridging over the easement is forbidden north of 16th Street. This restriction was established as part of the 2005 rezoning of West Chelsea, which included numerous provisions to support the reuse of the High Line. South of 16th Street, the pre-existing manufacturing zoning remains, and thus bridging over the structure is still allowed. But the hotel site is the only privately owned site left south of 16th Street that is configured in a manner to allow this kind of construction to occur.

Q: How does Friends of the High Line feel about the High Line being bridged?
A: The High Line's interactions with surrounding buildings have always been one of its most interesting qualities. When the High Line opens to the public, the fact that the park will pass through building interiors will be one of its compelling attributes, differentiating it both from other City parks and other rail-banked trails, which generally run through rural areas. The pass-throughs at Chelsea Market and the Cudahy building are among our favorite spots on the Line. This kind of connectivity to the surrounding built environment will add interest and excitement to the new park, but we would not want to see the High Line bridged over at every site up and down the Line. Thus we are pleased that the West Chelsea rezoning forbids it north of 16th Street and that no other private sites remain south of 16th Street where the High Line can be bridged.

If you have questions or comments about this project, please e-mail them to us at info@thehighline.org.


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