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FHL E-Mail Newsletter
July 21, 2003

IN THIS ISSUE
Important Federal Hearing about the High Line:
Thursday, July 24, 2 PM
City Council Speaker Gifford Miller Announces $15.75 Million for High Line Planning and Construction
Final Week: "Designing the High Line" Exhibition at Grand Central Terminal Through July 26
"Designing the High Line" Web Site: All 720 Entries Online
Public Forum Planned for Fall 2003
Newsday Article and NY 1 Segment Online
Friends of the High Line Seeking Office Space


IMPORTANT FEDERAL HEARING ABOUT THE HIGH LINE: THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2 PM
We urge Friends of the High Line supporters to attend an important public hearing held by the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) regarding the High Line.

Thursday, July 24, 2 PM
Federal Conference Center, 6th Floor, Jacob Javits Federal Building
26 Federal Plaza
  Enter by the Duane Street entrance at 26 Federal Plaza, between Broadway and Lafayette streets. All visitors must clear security and produce photo ID.

This may be the most important public hearing that FHL ever faces. A supportive audience would be very helpful. The STB, based in Washington, DC, is coming to New York specifically to review the High Line issue. The hearing is important because the High Line, part of the national rail system, falls under STB jurisdiction. STB approval is required for "rail-banking", which would preserve the High Line's structure and easement and allow the public to reuse it as open space.

The list of testifying parties has already been set by the STB. To view it, click here. Only parties who are on this list will be permitted to testify. But you can help just by showing up. The STB will register a full hearing room as evidence of the great public interest in saving the High Line.



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CITY COUNCIL SPEAKER GIFFORD MILLER ANNOUNCES $15.75 MILLION FOR HIGH LINE PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION
At Friends of the High Line's July 9 benefit preview of "Designing the High Line", New York City Council Speaker Gifford Miller announced a $15.75 million funding commitment for planning and construction costs related to the High Line's conversion to public space. This is the first major funding commitment for the High Line, and FHL is very grateful for the Speaker's leadership and for the City's growing support.

The funds will allow planning and construction to move forward, and they give FHL an excellent opportunity to attract major private, corporate, foundation, and federal funds.

The first $750,000 was allocated in the budget adopted by the New York City Council on June 27. The remainder of the commitment will be allocated in the following three fiscal years.

The funds will come from the City's capital budget, which pays for project costs such as planning, design, construction, and long-term leases. The allocation will not affect municipal services, which are funded separately through the City's expense budget.



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FINAL WEEK: "DESIGNING THE HIGH LINE" EXHIBITION AT GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL THROUGH JULY 26
This is your last week to see the "Designing the High Line", the exhibition of ideas for the High Line created in our open competition. It's a spectacular exhibition. No High Line supporter will want to miss it.

Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall
Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday, 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The exhibition was designed by Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano of LOT/EK Architecture. Exhibition graphics were designed by Paula Scher of Pentagram. The exhibition incorporates a wonderful video presentation produced and directed by John Zeiman, featuring narration by Edward Norton and Diane von Furstenberg.



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"DESIGNING THE HIGH LINE" WEB SITE: ALL 720 ENTRIES ONLINE
All 720 "Designing the High Line" competition entries, including principal winners and honorable mentions, can now be viewed on the competition's Web site.

VIEW THE WEB SITE


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PUBLIC FORUM PLANNED FOR FALL 2003
Friends of the High Line will host a public forum in Fall 2003, open to residents and business-owners in the High Line area and the public at large. A variety of the proposals created in the "Designing the High Line" competition will serve as springboards for discussion. Friends of the High Line will incorporate public comments from the forum into guidelines included in a subsequent Request for Proposals (RFP). Issuance of the RFP will lead to the selection of a design team and the development of a realizable master plan.

Please help us spread the word. Urge anyone who might be interested in participating to sign up for our e-mail newsletter, which can be done quickly and easily on our Web site home page: http://www.thehighline.org.



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NEWSDAY ARTICLE AND NY 1 SEGMENT ONLINE
"Up in the Air", a great article by Joseph V. Amodio, appeared in Newsday on July 16. READ THE ARTICLE

A NY1 TV segment about the competition can be viewed online.
WATCH THE SEGMENT


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FRIENDS OF THE HIGH LINE SEEKING OFFICE SPACE
FHL seeks new office space starting this fall. If you know a landlord in West Chelsea or in the Meat Packing District who is interested in leasing approximately 1,000 feet at a reasonable rent to a dynamic, dependable 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, please contact info@thehighline.org.

During the past year, Friends of the High Line has been extremely fortunate to be housed at an unbeatable rent in the Hudson Guild, a vital community-service provider in Chelsea. Many thanks to the Hudson Guild for offering such a great home at a crucial moment in our organization's development.



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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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Click the DONATE button above and fill in the secure form to donate online by check or credit card (Amex, Discover, Mastercard and Visa). Friends of the High Line uses PayPal, which lets any individual or business with an e-mail address securely send donations online.


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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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