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FHL E-Mail Newsletter
April 11, 2003

IN THIS ISSUE
Community Board No. 4 Votes to Support High Line Reuse
Design Competition Update: April 25 Registration Deadline; Trespassing Warning; New Resources on Website; Jurors in the Press
Summer Street Fairs: Volunteers Needed April 26, May 3, August 2
WABC-7 Features High Line Story
Save July 9: FHL Benefit Event at Grand Central
Thanks to ZYR Vodka


COMMUNITY BOARD NO. 4 VOTES TO SUPPORT HIGH LINE REUSE
At its last meeting, on April 2, Manhattan Community Board No. 4 voted 28-1 to support FHL's efforts to preserve and reuse the High Line for pedestrian use. The Board's vote was a reflection of the overwhelming community support that has developed for the High Line in recent years. We owe huge thanks to the many dedicated High Line preservationists who attended and spoke at Board meetings in the past year. Their presence and testimony made clear to the Board the breadth and depth of community commitment to the High Line. We also thank the elected officials whose backing was crucial: U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York City Council Speaker Gifford Miller, City Council Member Christine Quinn, Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields, State Senators Thomas Duane and Eric Schneiderman, and State Assemblymembers Richard Gottfried and Deborah Glick.


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DESIGN COMPETITION UPDATE: APRIL 25 REGISTRATION DEADLINE; TRESPASSING WARNING; NEW RESOURCES ON WEBSITE; JURORS IN THE PRESS
Design Competition Update: April 25 Registration Deadline: Register now (and avoid late fees) for Designing the High Line, FHL's open, international ideas competition. Registration deadline: April 25. Submission deadline: May 23. For registration and competition materials, go to http://www.thehighline.org/competition/

Trespassing Warning: There has recently been an increase in illegal trespassing on the High Line. Many people have been issued tickets and summons — we have even heard reports of arrests. We urge you in the strongest terms not to trespass. FHL does not control access to the Line, which is private property, owned and managed by CSX Corporation. Accessing the Line without CSX permission is illegal. Unfortunately, we cannot offer tours to individuals, student groups, or those entering the design competition. Trespassing on the Line threatens FHL's working relationship with CSX, which in turn may threaten our long-term ability to open the Line to full and complete public access. Help us save the High Line and open it to the public: Don't trespass.

New Materials on Website: A selection of High Line photos has been added to the competition website for reference and use in design competition entries. Also, an inventory of existing plant life on the High Line, compiled by Scott D. Appell, a taxonomist from the Horticultural Society of New York, has been added. Go to the "Resources" section of the competition website at http://www.thehighline.org/competition/

Jurors in the Press: Several of the world-renowned jurors of Designing the High Line have recently enjoyed prominent coverage in the press. Dia Art Foundation curator Lynne Cooke was featured April 6 in the New York Times Magazine article about the new Dia museum in Beacon, NY; go to http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/06/magazine/06DIA.html. Architect Bernard Tschumi's new building for Florida International University was featured in the New York Times "Arts & Leisure" section, April 6; go to http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/06/arts/design/06MUSC.html. Landscape architect Julie Bargmann was featured in the May issue of Metropolis.



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SUMMER STREET FAIRS: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED APRIL 26, MAY 3, AUGUST 2
Summer Street Fairs/Hell's Kitchen Market Opening: Volunteers Needed April 26, May 3, August 2. FHL will be setting up an information booth (featuring a great new exhibit design by Alexandra Scebold) at upcoming street fairs and the Hell's Kitchen flea market opening. We need volunteers to sign up for two or three hour shifts on April 26, May 3, and August 2. It's a fun way to meet your neighbors in Chelsea, Hell's Kitchen, and Greenwich Village and spread the word about the High Line. For more information, contact Justin Rood: (212) 631-9188 or justin@thehighline.org.


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WABC-7 FEATURES HIGH LINE STORY
Last week WABC-7 News in New York City featured a positive story about FHL's efforts to save and reuse the High Line. Based on the feedback we received, the story was widely viewed, and we thank Channel 7 for their interest in the project. Members of the media interested in covering Designing the High Line or FHL in general should contact the Kreisberg Group: Rebecca Bell, (212) 799-5515; rebecca@thekreisberggroup.com.


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SAVE JULY 9: FHL BENEFIT EVENT AT GRAND CENTRAL
Mark your calendar for July 9, FHL's Third Annual Summer Benefit. A cocktail party and exclusive preview of the Designing the High Line exhibition of design proposals will be followed by seated dinner. Host committees are forming now. To join a committee or learn more, contact Juliet Page: (212) 631-9188; juliet@thehighline.org.



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THANKS TO ZYR VODKA
A big thanks to ZYR Vodka, which generously provided excellent vodka drinks for the January benefit event at Diane von Furstenberg's studio. ZYR, which has been highly rated by Wine Enthusiast, is currently available at many great New York City bars and restaurants, including Lotus, Halo, Suite 16, Town, Nobu, Jean-Georges, Le Cirque, Jimmy's Downtown, Serena, Sessa, Suede, Pipa, Chicama, Patria, L'Express, LOLA, and Ben Benson's — to name just a few.


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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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CONTACT INFORMATION


Hudson Guild
441 West 26th Street, Room 225
New York, NY 10001
(212) 631-9188
(212) 631-9185 fax
info@thehighline.org
http://www.thehighline.org






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