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FHL E-Mail Newsletter
March 23, 2006

IN THIS ISSUE
Monday, April 10: High Line Groundbreaking Celebration - RSVP Required  FREE
Pre-Construction Work Begins on High Line's Southern End
Wednesday, April 5: High Line Planting Presentation with Piet Oudolf - RSVP Required  FREE
Q & A From February 13 Design Presentation
Eyebeam Calls for Participation in High Line Art Project
Similar Projects and Community Profiles on High Line Web Site
Recent High Line Press


MONDAY, APRIL 10: HIGH LINE GROUNDBREAKING CELEBRATION - RSVP REQUIRED  FREE
The City of New York and Friends of the High Line invite you to celebrate Groundbreaking on Monday, April 10, from 12:00 noon to 1:30 PM. This exciting event will mark the official beginning of the High Line's transformation into public open space. The free, street-level, public celebration will include a light lunch and entertainment. Since Friends of the High Line was founded in 1999, we've used this E-Mail Newsletter to call our supporters to action. We've urged you to write letters, help us raise money, testify at hearings, and volunteer for events. We hope you will now join us to celebrate this dream becoming a reality.

Reservations are required.



Monday, April 10, 2006
12:00 noon - 1:30 PM
Little West 12th Street between 9th Avenue & Washington Street

Rain or shine

RSVP to groundbreaking@thehighline.org or (212) 206-9922



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PRE-CONSTRUCTION WORK BEGINS ON HIGH LINE'S SOUTHERN END
Earlier this month, the City's team of contractors began pre-construction work on the southern end of the High Line, the first section to be converted into public open space. The contractors began by installing protective fencing around the decorative railings on the High Line's southern end at Gansevoort Street. The fencing is intended to protect and preserve the High Line's iconic steel railings during the first phase of construction. Additional pre-construction work involves removal and storage of material and debris currently on the Line. Phase I of construction (site preparation on Gansevoort to 20th Streets) is officially set to begin on April 10, with a Groundbreaking ceremony.


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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5: HIGH LINE PLANTING PRESENTATION WITH PIET OUDOLF - RSVP REQUIRED  FREE
Please join FHL and the City of New York for a special public lecture by Piet Oudolf, planting designer for the High Line design team. The lecture will focus on Oudolf's collaboration with the design team Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Piet Oudolf is among the world's most innovative planting designers, and he was one of the first to introduce large-scale perennial plantings into public landscapes. His planned plantings for the High Line are inspired by the self-seeded landscape on the elevated track bed today. Proposed plant communities combine existing and new species to increase diversity and resilience.

Seating is limited and reservations are required.



Wednesday, April 5, 2006
6:00 PM
Cedar Lake Theater
547 West 26th Street

(Between 10th & 11th Avenues)

RSVP by April 3 to meredith@thehighline.org or (212) 206-9922



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Q & A FROM FEBRUARY 13 DESIGN PRESENTATION
On February 13, more than 300 people attended a High Line design presentation at the Cedar Lake Theater in West Chelsea. After the presentation, members of the design team, FHL, and the City of New York answered questions from the audience. Attendees were also encouraged to submit their questions in writing. The Q & A from the presentation is now available.

View the Q & A

Read the Villager Article about the Design Presentation



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EYEBEAM CALLS FOR PARTICIPATION IN HIGH LINE ART PROJECT
Eyebeam, an arts organization in Chelsea, is teaming with Helsinki-based artist Liisa Roberts to create a series of very short films based on individuals' experiences and visions of the High Line. Roberts writes:

"For many, the elevated West Side rail line has been a secret garden among New York City's bustling street life and this undocumented aspect of its history can be saved alongside its future life as a public park. This project will attempt to archive the unique personal significance the High Line represents for many community residents."

Roberts and Eyebeam are looking for participants who are interested in contributing stories, developing them into storyboards and working on visualization at Eyebeam's production studios. For more information, e-mail liisarob@gmail.com or call Masha at (646) 201-3843.

Please respond by April 7, 2006.



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SIMILAR PROJECTS AND COMMUNITY PROFILES ON HIGH LINE WEB SITE
FHL has launched two new sections on its Web site, www.thehighline.org. Similar Projects profiles organizations around the world in various stages of converting other rail structures, viaducts, bridges, and industrial sites to public open space. Community Profiles is a collection of interviews with community leaders and others in the High Line neighborhoods of the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Clinton/Hell's Kitchen.



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RECENT HIGH LINE PRESS
On Sunday, February 5, the New York Times ran an article on the history of the High Line and its relationship to the industrial West Side. The article ran in the City section and featured photographs taken during the High Line's construction in the early 1930s.



Additionally, WNBC's Jane's New York recently won a New York Emmy award for its "On the High Line" episode. The show, which originally aired in October 2004, took the award in the "Environmental Programming" category. The awards aired March 20, 2006.


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DONATE TO FRIENDS OF THE HIGH LINE
The High Line project has won many major victories in recent months, thanks to the support of our donors. But the most important part of our work—building the High Line, is just beginning. By making an online donation, you will help us work with our public partners, our design team, and the High Line community to create one of the most exciting public open spaces in New York City. You'll also become part of an ever-growing group of supporters and will be invited to every major Friends of the High Line event.


Click the DONATE button above and fill in the secure form to donate online by check or credit card (American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa). Friends of the High Line uses PayPal, which lets any individual or business with an e-mail address securely make donations online.


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CONTACT INFORMATION


430 West 14th Street, Suite 304
New York, NY 10014
(212) 206-9922
(212) 206-9118 fax
info@thehighline.org
http://www.thehighline.org






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