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Friends of the High Line Newsletter

June 8, 2009

The High Line OPENS!

Copyright Iwan Baan

Just moments ago, we stood with Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Quinn, Borough President Stringer, Congressman Nadler, and other leaders and supporters and cut the ribbon on the High Line, officially opening the first section to the public. This historic day is the culmination of ten years of advocacy, planning and construction, and we're so grateful to everyone who has helped make this opening possible.

We expect many visitors from the neighborhood, from across New York City, and from around the world to come get a first glimpse in our opening season. We hope you will visit us in the coming days and weeks, and see for yourself the beautiful, one-of-a-kind new park you have helped us build. When you come up for the first time, remember that the landscape is still young, and it will continue to evolve through its first season and beyond. We hope it becomes a place you'll want to return to again and again.

PLEASE NOTE: If you plan on visiting us in the next few days, please plan on entering the High Line through the Gansevoort Street access point. You will be able to exit the park through any of its access points.

For more information, please call the High Line Information Line: (212) 500-6035

Save The High Line At The Rail Yards: Public Hearing, June 10

On Wednesday, June 10, we need your support at a Community Board 4 public forum on the Western Rail Yards. Even as we open the first section of the High Line as a public park, one-third of the structure still has an uncertain future, and may be partially demolished. Come help us show the City, developer, and the MTA that the preservation of the entire historic High Line must be made a priority at the Rail Yards.

Related, the developer working on plans for the site, will present to the Community Board their proposal for zoning changes to the Western Rail Yards. The Community Board will then make a recommendation based on public comment. The public event is part of the public review process (ULURP, the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure) that zoning text changes must go through before they are ultimately approved by the City.

Save the High Line at the Rail Yards

You do not have to speak, but if you would like to, please let us know. For those of you who have red Save the High Line at the Rail Yards T-Shirt, please wear them. Thanks to everyone who has attended Rail Yards events in the past — throughout this long process, it remains crucial that we consistently show how much support there is for the High Line's preservation.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
at 6:00 PM
Fulton Center Auditorium
119 Ninth Avenue
Between 17th and 18th Street



What We Are Asking For

There is still no legally binding requirement that the High Line be preserved at the Rail Yards, and Related’s proposed changes do not secure the future of the entire High Line. The Western Rail Yards ULURP provides a key opportunity for the City to take steps to preserve the High Line. Specifically, the City can and should take ownership of the High Line at the rail yards, as it did with the portion below 30th Street.

City aquisition of the High Line requires ULURP, so it makes sense to include this action in the Western Rail Yards ULURP, which has already begun. We will be asking the Community Board to reject the proposed zoning changes unless City acquisition and full preservation of the historic High Line are included.

Become a Charter Member

Now that we're open, the High Line needs you more than ever! Your membership will provide critical operating support to ensure that the High Line lives up to the high standards we all hold for this innovative new park. Support from our members allows us to hire gardeners to keep the park’s flowers and trees in peak condition, and maintenance crews to ensure the High Line is safe for its visitors.

But to be recognized as a Charter Member, and as one of the visionaries who helped build this remarkable new landmark, you must join by June 30.

Don’t miss your chance to be a Charter Member


Don’t miss out on this historic opportunity to be a part of the High Line’s first season as a public park.

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