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FHL Newsletter
MAY 02, 2002

Come celebrate on May 14th
Friends of the High Line Cocktail Fundraiser (Just $15!)
Join Edward Norton, Martha Stewart & Bette Midler
Be a Host for our Star-Studded 2002 Summer Benefit
April 25 CB4 Forum: Huge Turn-out in Favor of High Line Reuse
Summer Interns Needed

TRUST, a new restaurant in the Meat Packing district, has generously offered to throw a party to help raise money for Friends of the High Line. It's a great deal for a great cause: $15 includes hors d'oeuvres and open bar (thanks to sponsors Absolut Vodka, Budweiser Beer, Bacardi Rum, Bombay Gin, Dewars Scotch, Mumm Cordon Rouge, Jack Daniels, and Sauza Tequila). Please join us for music and drinks and much fun!

Tuesday, May 14
6:30 - 9:00 PM
421 West 13th Street (Between 9th and Washington)
$15 donation (100% of door proceeds go to Friends of the High Line).

Friends of the High Line's SUMMER BENEFIT, chaired by Edward Norton, will be held on the evening of Wednesday, July 10, at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia's spectacular Starrett-Lehigh Building headquarters.

It's going to be a beautiful, high-profile evening. The Honorary Host Committee, still in formation, includes Bette Midler, Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Harvey Keitel and Diane von Furstenberg.

But we need your help to make it a real success.

Please join a host committee if you can. There's never been a moment when your participation could have more positive impact. Mayor Bloomberg has announced that the City will participate in a feasibility study for reuse of the High Line–a key component in making our proposal become reality–but Friends of the High Line must cover much of the study's cost. This benefit will allow us to do that.

A 7pm cocktail party overlooking the Hudson River and the High Line will be followed by an 8pm dinner in the cathedral-like space of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia's Starrett-Lehigh Building space. At 9pm, a party with drinks and dancing will start in Martha Stewart's photo studios, overlooking the Manhattan skyline.

DINNER HOSTS are asked to buy two tickets ($500 each) and do their best to encourage others to buy tickets.

DRINKS AND DANCING HOSTS are asked to buy or do their best to sell at least three tickets ($150 each).

CORPORATE SPONSORS: If your company might be interested in being an event sponsor, please get in touch with us. Several sponsorship opportunities are available.

To be included as a host or a sponsor on the invitation, please contact Deborah Kirschner by May 17. (212) 606-3720 or e-mail at: deborahkirschner@hotmail.com.


Efforts to create a pedestrian greenway on the High Line were strongly backed by community residents, businessowners, and local institutions at a public forum held by Community Board No. 4 on April 25.

Over 25 people spoke in favor of preservation and reuse of the High Line, many of them representing multiple individuals or organizations. Support came from City Council Member Christine Quinn, State Senator Tom Duane, Dia Center for the Arts, the Kitchen, the Far West Chelsea Neighborhood Association, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, The Spears Building, Save Gansevoort Market, and numerous residents, art gallery owners, and architects. In addition, approximately 40 additional residents, businessowners, and institutions who could not attend the forum wrote letters of support. These included Assemblymember Deborah Glick, State Senator Martin Connor, The Hell's Kitchen Neighborhood Association, Fitz & Co, the Levinson Fontana Company, and renowned architects Steven Holl, Robert Marino, Bernard Tschumi, and many others. Only one person spoke against High Line reuse.

FHL is thrilled to have such strong backing from our far West Side neighbors. Special thanks to Simone Sindin, Ed Kirkland, Anna Hayes Levin, Tom Lunke, Joe Restuccia, Pam Frederick, and Anthony Borelli at Community Board No. 4 for putting the forum together and encouraging public discussion of this important matter. And thanks to all the people came out to support the creation of a great new public space for New York City.

Friends of the High Line seeks summer interns to assist with fundraising, basic office management, and community outreach. It's a great opportunity to gain valuable experience related to non-profit administration, urban planning, and grass-roots community networking. Interested parties should contact Dahlia Elsayed at 212-228-6947 or thehighline@mail.com.


Robert Hammond - rhammond@hammondco.com
Joshua David - joshuadavid@earthlink.net
Friends of the High Line

Friends of The High Line is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and reuse of the High Line, an elevated rail structure on the West Side of Manhattan.

Friends of The High Line
P.O. Box 1469
New York, NY 10113-1469

(212) 606-3720 telephone
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