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FHL E-Mail Newsletter
September 8, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE
September 15: Speak Out to Save the High Line at the West Side Rail Yards
September 14: Chefs Tasting Menu at Craftsteak to benefit Friends of the High Line
West Chelsea Historical Walking Tours
September 19: Park(ing) Day
Coming Soon: Calvin Klein Event Photos


SEPTEMBER 15: SPEAK OUT TO SAVE THE HIGH LINE AT THE WEST SIDE RAIL YARDS
On Monday, September 15, come to the first public viewing of the revised plans for the West Side Rail Yards, and show that you support full preservation of the High Line. The Related Companies, the developer that was selected by the MTA in May 2008, has revised its proposal and will make a comprehensive presentation, including the proposed treatment of the High Line on the site.

This will be your first opportunity to see the new proposal and give feedback. As High Line supporters, it will be our chance to tell the developer how strongly we feel about preserving the final 1/3 of the High Line- the only section which is not yet protected from demolition. As the process moves forward, Friends of the High Line will continue to advocate for full preservation of the historic High Line structure on the site. Please join us to make sure our voices are heard.

Light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by Manhattan Community Board 4, the Hudson Yards Community Advisory Committee, and the Related Companies

Rail Yards Public Forum
Monday, September 15
6:30-8:30
Sacred Heart of Jesus School
Campbell Hall
457 West 51st Street
Enter between the church and the rectory

Read the the MTA's press release regarding the selection of the Related Companies, from May 2008.

Please let us know if you're planning on attending. E-mail railyards@thehighline.org.



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SEPTEMBER 14: CHEFS' TASTING MENU AT CRAFTSTEAK TO BENEFIT FRIENDS OF THE HIGH LINE

Please join us on Sunday, September 14, for a one-of-a-kind meal prepared by great chefs from the High Line neighborhood:

-TOM COLICCHIO, Craftsteak
-MARIO BATALI, Del Posto
-RALF KEUTTEL, Trestle on Tenth
-MARC MEYER, Cookshop
-MASAHARU MORIMOTO, Morimoto
-SUE TORRES, Los Dados


All six celebrated chefs will be on hand to personally prepare a memorable meal, benefiting Friends of the High Line. This evening will feature an exclusive pre-dinner tour of the High Line. Proceeds from the event will help us hire horticulture and maintenence staff for the High Line.

Last year's Chef's Dinner sold out quickly, so please let us know as soon as possible if you would like a seat or a table at this very special event.

High Line Tour: 5:30 PM
Cocktails: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM

Tickets: $5,000, $2,500, or $1,000 (limited availability)
Tables: $50,000 or $25,000


To RSVP, or for more information, please contact Tara Morris at (212) 206-9922 or tara@thehighline.org.

This dinner is generously underwritten by The Wachovia Foundation.
Wine and Champagne generously provided by Mot Hennessy USA


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WEST CHELSEA HISTORICAL WALKING TOURS


Space is still available on our three High Line District Historical Walking Tours with architectural historian Matt Postal. The tour runs through four historic districts and highlights the industrial architecture of the area. Buildings along the tour include the former Nabisco Factory (now Chelsea Market), the Starrett-Lehigh Building, Westbeth (pictured above), and the Empire Diner.

**Please note, this is a street-level walking tour.**

All tours are identical, so please sign up for only one.

Tuesday, September 9

Wednesday, September 24

Thursday, October 2


Each tour begins at 6:00PM. RSVP for meeting location. $10 members, $15 non-members.

RSVP

Support for this program has been provided by the Trust for Architectural Easements.



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SEPTEMBER 19: PARK(ING) DAY

Image of PARK(ing) Day 2007, outside the Museum of Modern Art, from Streetsblog.


On Friday, September 19, join Friends of the High Line as we participate in
PARK(ing) Day, an annual, international event that transforms metered parking spaces into "PARK(ing) spaces", or temporary public parks. The event is a fun, completely legal way to celebrate public space and advocate for more park space in New York City.

We will create our own PARK(ing) Space on the west side of Ninth Avenue between 19th and 20th Streets. Our space will have grass and plants, seating, and snacks. Our staff will be on hand all day to chat about the High Line and answer questions. There will also be a mock-up of the green roof system now being installed on the High Line.

The PARK(ing) Space will be open for the public, so please come visit us!

High Line PARK(ing) Space
Friday, September 19
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Ninth Avenue between 19th and 20th Streets


There are more than 50 PARK(ing) Spaces being planned in New York City on September 19. View the list.



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COMING SOON: CALVIN KLEIN EVENT PHOTOS

To mark its 40th Anniversary, Calvin Klein, Inc. recently made a major gift to the High Line. Their gift will go toward the maintenence and operations of the park.

Last night, to celebrate both the anniversary and the gift, Calvin Klein, Inc. threw a party in a temporary structure next to the High Line at 30th Street. Guests at the party enjoyed donor visits to the High Line itself. Stay tuned to our e-mail newsletter. Party pictures are coming later this week.

Many thanks to Calvin Klein, Inc. for its generous support, and for making the event such a great success.


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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.


CLICK HERE TO JOIN CLICK HERE TO JOIN

Click the button above and fill in the secure form to become a member online.



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CONTACT INFORMATION


529 West 20th Street, Suite 8W
New York, NY 10011
(212) 206-9922
(212) 206-9118 fax
info@thehighline.org
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