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FHL E-Mail Newsletter
June 5, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE
June 14: Bronx River Canoe Trip
Rail Yards Update
High Line History Video, Narrated by Ethan Hawke
"Chalk Shoes to the High Line" Video
New on the High Line Blog



JUNE 14: BRONX RIVER CANOE TRIP

On Saturday, June 14, Friends of the High Line, Sustainable South Bronx, and the Bronx River Alliance are partnering to offer a tour of the Bronx River via canoe. Tours will take place at 10:45 AM and 1:00 PM. The cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Space is extremely limited. Once the tours fill up, you will be able to add yourself to the wait list, and we will notify you with any cancellations.

RSVP and Purchase Tickets

(Once you have purchased tickets, we will send you an email with meeting location and more details.)


To become a Charter Member of Friends of the High Line and receive early notice and discounted admission to our future programs, click here.



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RAIL YARDS UPDATE
Friends of the High Line is pleased with the MTA's recent announcement of its selection of the Related Companies to develop the West Side Rail Yards. The announcement came after an earlier agreement with developer Tishman Speyer fell through in May.

Relatedís proposal, in response to the MTA's 2007 bid request, called for the preservation of the entire High Line, including the Tenth Avenue spur. The spur would not necessarily have been preserved in Tishman Speyerís plan.

We are optimistic about the future of the High Line at the rail yards. We look forward to working with the MTA, Related, and our community partners throughout this planning process.


A PDF of the MTA's summary of the rail yards agreement, presented to their Board of Directors, is available for download here. [PDF]

Read our Principles for the High Line at the Rail Yards


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HIGH LINE HISTORY VIDEO, NARRATED BY ETHAN HAWKE
With filmmaker Matt Wolf, we've just produced a short introduction to the history of the High Line, narrated by actor Ethan Hawke. The video features historic photography, from the days of Death Avenue in the 1800s, through the High Line's construction and decline, ending with Friends of the High Line's preservation efforts. The video was made possible by the Trust for Architectural Easements.



Visit the High Line YouTube page for more videos



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"CHALK SHOES TO THE HIGH LINE" VIDEO
Another new short film, also by Matt Wolf, documents "Chalk Shoes to the High Line," a performance art program Friends of the High Line produced this spring, in collaboration with artist Julia Mandle and two eighth-grade art classes from Chelsea's Lab School for Collaborative Studies. The students designed and cast heavy shoes made of green chalk, and then wore them in a performance, marking a path through the neighborhood to future entrances to the High Line.



Visit the High Line YouTube page for more videos



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NEW ON THE HIGH LINE BLOG

The High Line Blog is updated daily by our staff, with new construction pictures, neighborhood news, event announcements, and other things we think are interesting. Here are the most popular stories on the High Line Blog this month.


Westbeth High Line Section

Going Green: Only the Finest in Tap Water

Lab School 7th Graders Design the High Line

From Rinses to Retail: Chelsea Car Wash Makes Its Exit

Gangs of Hell's Kitchen

Site Photography: Planking Installation



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BECOME A CHARTER MEMBER OF FRIENDS OF THE HIGH LINE
With the High Line opening by the end of the year, your Charter Membership will help us ensure the park is safe and maintained at a standard of excellence that is equal to its design.

Join today! Charter Membership will only be available to those who become members before opening.


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CONTACT INFORMATION


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