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FHL E-Mail Newsletter
April 23, 2007

IN THIS ISSUE
Save Tuesday May 8: Important High Line/Rail Yards Public Forum
May 14: High Line Design Presentation with James Corner, Field Operations FREE
April 28: West Chelsea Gallery Tour with The Kitchen's Debra Singer FREE
FHL Spring Programming
Sign up now for Community Supported Agriculture in Chelsea


SAVE TUESDAY MAY 8: IMPORTANT HIGH LINE / RAIL YARDS PUBLIC FORUM
Please save Tuesday, May 8, on your calendar. In an important public forum that evening (time and location to be announced), the Hudson Yards Development Corporation (HYDC) and the MTA will publicly present proposed design guidelines for the West Side Rail Yards, where one-third of the historic High Line structure is located.

The future of this part of the High Line (30th - 34th Streets, between 10th and 12th Avenues) remains unresolved.

The City secured the section below 30th Street in 2005, and Section 1 of the High Line is projected to open in 2008, thanks in large part to the leadership of the Bloomberg administration, which has engaged Friends of the High Line in a productive exchange.

But above 30th Street, the future of the High Line depends on how the MTA-owned rail yards are developed.

At the May 8 meeting, the public will see design guidelines for the rail yards for the first time. We hope High Line supporters will attend this important meeting.

Time and location details will follow in a subsequent e-mail newsletter.



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MAY 14: HIGH LINE DESIGN PRESENTATION WITH JAMES CORNER, FIELD OPERATIONS FREE

Design image by Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Courtesy the City of New York.

James Corner, landscape architect and urban designer, will give a free High Line design preview on May 14. Corner is the founder and director of Field Operations, the landscape architecture firm working with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro on the design for the High Line. RSVP is required.

This presentation is being held in conjunction with the High Line Festival, curated by David Bowie and running May 9-19. Friends of the High Line is not producing the High Line Festival, but a portion of the proceeds from festival tickets will be donated to FHL.

High Line Design Presentation with James Corner
Monday, May 14
6:30 PM
Great Hall
Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street at Third Avenue
RSVP required



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APRIL 28: WEST CHELSEA GALLERY TOUR WITH THE KITCHEN'S DEBRA SINGER FREE
This Saturday, FHL presents the next in a series of Chelsea gallery tours led by art world leaders. Debra Singer, Executive Director and Chief Curator of The Kitchen, will lead High Line supporters on a walking tour of her favorite Chelsea galleries. This tour is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP for meeting location.

Read an interview with Debra Singer

West Chelsea Gallery Tour
Saturday, April 28
2:00 PM
RSVP required



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FHL SPRING PROGRAMMING
Sign up now to join us at our public programming events this spring. Unless noted, events are free, but RSVP is required.

May 12: Gowanus Canoe Tour
FHL joins the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club and the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative to host a day of canoe tours on the Gowanus Canal. This former industrial waterway in Brooklyn is slated to undergo revitalization and habitat restoration in the coming years. Tours begin at 10:00 AM and 12:00 Noon, and space is very limited. RSVP for meeting location.

May 10, 13, 15, and 16: High Line Historical Walking Tours
Architectural historian Matt Postal will lead four street-level walking tours focused on the High Line's former use as a rail viaduct. These tours are offered in conjunction with the David Bowie-curated High Line Festival. All tours begin at 5:30 PM except 5/13, which begins at 1:00 PM. Tours last approximately 90 minutes. Cost is $8, payable at the event. RSVP for meeting location.

May 19: West Side Improvement Bike Tour
Architectural historian Matt Postal will lead a bike tour of the sites along the Hudson River waterfront that were part of the West Side Improvement, the massive 1930's public works project that included the High Line. This tour is presented as park of Bike Month NYC. Tour begins at 1:00 PM and space is very limited. RSVP for meeting location.

May 24: High Line Designers Lecture, featuring Ricardo Scofidio
FHL continues its series of design talks with members of the High Line design team. Architect Ricardo Scofidio, principal at the firm of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, will focus on some of the firm's other work, including the recently-opened Institute of Comtemporary Art in Boston. The lecture will be held in the lobby of the new Frank Gehry-designed IAC headquarters. Lecture begins at 6:30. RSVP required.



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SIGN UP NOW FOR COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE IN CHELSEA
The Chelsea Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project is now taking applications for its 8th season. The CSA brings afordable, locally grown, organic produce from Stoneledge Farm, in the Hudson Valley, to community residents. Community members join by signing up at the beginning of the growing season for a weekly share of vegetables or fruit (a vegetable share typically covers a family of 3 to 4, and shares may be split). Produce is delivered weekly for about 24 weeks to Hudson Guild. CSA members sign up for 2 to 4 volunteer shifts during the season. Members may also choose to subsidize a share for a low-income family in the community.

For 50 years, the High Line brought produce and other agricultural goods from upstate New York and the Hudson Valley to Manhattan's West Side. The CSA program re-establishes this vital connection between farm and city by allowing New Yorkers to buy their food directly from the people who grow it. FHL's staff is pleased to participate in the CSA program with the purchase of several shares for 2007. The Chelsea CSA is part of a city-wide CSA program supporting small organic farms and encouraging New Yorkers to eat locally. Information about CSAs in other neighborhoods can be found at www.justfood.org/csa.



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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


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