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FHL E-Mail Newsletter
April 5, 2004

IN THIS ISSUE
Congressman Jerrold Nadler Brings $5 Million in Federal Funds to the High Line
Saturday April 17: First-Ever High Line "Clean-Up Day"
Volunteers Needed
High Line Film: View it Online
Buy Tickets Now: FHL's July 14 Summer Benefit
FHL Seeks Donations for Two Auctions: July 14 and Mid-October


CONGRESSMAN JERROLD NADLER BRINGS $5 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS TO THE HIGH LINE
As part of a larger effort to bring $43 million in federal transportation funds to New York City, Congressman Jerrold Nadler has included $5 million for the High Line in the House version of the Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (TEA-LU), the six-year federal transportation bill.

We hope all FHL supporters will join us in thanking the Congressman for his instrumental role in making the High Line vision become a reality. FHL would also like to thank the hundreds of supporters who wrote to Congressman Nadler encouraging him to bring federal funding to the High Line. By taking a few minutes to write to your elected representative, you've made a real difference in the future of New York City.

There are still a number of hurdles ahead of us before the funding becomes a reality. The funding must be approved by the Senate in the House/Senate conference, which is the next step in the process. In addition, the overall bill must be signed by the President. FHL will keep you posted on the bill's progress as it moves forward.



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SATURDAY APRIL 17: FIRST-EVER HIGH LINE CLEAN-UP DAY
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

CSX, the railroad that currently owns the High Line, is permitting FHL to bring a limited number of volunteers up on to the Line's elevated rail bed to remove trash that has accumulated over the years. By volunteering to help, you'll have a rare opportunity to care for and beautify this unique urban treasure.

WHEN: Saturday April 17, from 10:00am to 3:00pm

WHERE: About 2 blocks of the High Line in the West 20's.(Meeting location to be announced with confirmation to volunteers who sign up)

SIGN-UP: To sign-up for Clean-Up Day, e-mail rick@thehighline.org.

ABOUT CLEAN-UP DAY: Volunteers will be signed up on a first-come first-serve basis for 1-hour time slots. 15 volunteers at a time will be brought up on the Line to help pick up bottles, paper, broken glass, metal, tires, and other refuse. Each group will stay on the Line for approximately 1 hour. FHL will provide all supplies, including bags and heavy-duty work gloves.

The High Line is private property owned by CSX. All participating volunteers will be asked to sign a release form before going onto the Line. There will be no tours on Clean-Up Day. Clean-Up Day activities will be limited to the part of the Line being cleaned. All volunteers MUST be pre-registered for this event. Only those signed up for Clean-Up Day will be allowed on the Line. No one under 18 is allowed on the Line.

Because of the rarity of this opportunity, we expect that all available slots for Clean-Up Day will fill up quickly. So please sign up now if you want to participate.

Special thanks to CSX, Doug Oliver, and Jack Fuchs for making this event possible.



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HIGH LINE FILM: VIEW IT ONLINE
"The High Line", the beautiful, 12-minute documentary film produced and directed by John Zieman, can now be viewed online, free of charge.

VIEW THE FILM

The film was originally made as part of the "Designing the High Line" exhibition at Grand Central Terminal in summer 2003. It features lush footage of the High Line's elevated rail deck and interviews with actor Edward Norton, designer Diane von Furstenberg, photographer Joel Sternfeld, architect Steven Holl, New York City Council Speaker Gifford Miller, students from the High School of Environmental Science, and FHL co-founders Robert Hammond and Joshua David.

This film is always available for viewing at the Friends of the High Line Web site. The film can also be purchased in DVD or VHS format from Friends of the High Line for $15, including shipping. To purchase film, e-mail Rick Little: rick@thehighline.org.



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BUY TICKETS NOW: FHL'S JULY 14 SUMMER BENEFIT
Buy tickets now for FHL's July 14 Summer Benefit—it promises to be our best event ever. Co-chaired by Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Diane von Furstenberg, and Edward Norton, with Alexandre von Furstenberg and Bronson van Wyck heading up the steering committee, the two-part evening begins with a cocktail party and fashion show at Diane von Furstenberg's studio and continues with a gala dinner overlooking the High Line in the galleries of the Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg auction house.

Buy Tickets

Cocktail party tickets are $150 and up. Benefit tickets (including cocktails and dinner) are $500 and up. Tickets in some price categories will sell out quickly. Buy tickets now to assure your place at this great summer event. Positions are also still available on host committees if you'd like to help us sell tickets.

For further information about the event, sponsorship opportunities, or joining a host committee, please contact:

Juliet Page, Development Director at (212) 206-9922, ext. 360, or juliet@thehighline.org
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FHL SEEKS DONATIONS FOR TWO AUCTIONS: JULY 14 AND MID-OCTOBER
FHL is holding two different auctions to support efforts to create a public open space on the High Line.

July 14 Silent Auction: As part of our July 14 Summer Benefit, FHL is seeking donations for a silent auction featuring fashion, design products, and other items from businesses in the High Line district. The silent auction will complement a fashion show by Diane von Furstenberg and will celebrate the creative energy of businesses of the Meat Packing District, Chelsea, and Hell's Kitchen.

Mid-October Art Auction: Originally planned as a spring event at Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg, FHL's art auction has been rescheduled for mid-October 2004, when it will open Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg's fall schedule. Our thanks go to the artists, collectors, and gallerists who have already donated pieces. We are still soliciting donations for this high-profile event.

To donate a fashion, design, or other item for the July 14 silent auction, or to donate an artwork for the mid-October art auction, please contact Olivia Stinson, (212) 206-9922, x108, or olivia@thehighline.org.

FHL regrets that mailed solicitations for these two auctions did not adequately differentiate between them. If you have any remaining questions about which auction would be more appropriate for you to donate to, please contact Olivia Stinson, (212) 206-9922, x108, or olivia@thehighline.org.



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DONATE TO FRIENDS OF THE HIGH LINE
Though the future of the High Line looks much brighter now that the City of New York stands firmly behind efforts to create a great new public space on the structure, we still face many legal and financial challenges. By making an online donation, you will become part of an ever-growing group of supporters and will be invited to every major Friends of the High Line public event.


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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 send 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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