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FHL E-Mail Newsletter
September 15, 2003

IN THIS ISSUE
Thursday September 18: West Chelsea Zoning Forum
Gansevoort Market Historic District Designated
Mayor Bloomberg Relates Action to High Line Preservation
Tuesday, October 28: Community Input Meeting for High Line Design
Saturday, October 11: Open House New York & High Line Viewing
High Line Video For Sale


THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 18: WEST CHELSEA ZONING FORUM
This Thursday, September 18, the New York City Department of City Planning will present a proposed rezoning for the far West Chelsea neighborhood surrounding the High Line. Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity for public comment. We urge FHL supporters who attend to comment positively on the plan’s building guidelines for new construction adjacent to the High Line, which will help maintain light, air, and views on the Line. In addition, we urge positive comment on the plan’s retention of the M1-5 (manufacturing) zoning in designated mid-block areas, which is vital for the continued vitality of the art community. Sign up as you enter if you wish to comment. The earlier you arrive and sign up, the earlier you will get to speak.

Thursday, September 18, 2003 @ 7:00 PM
Hudson Guild Auditorium at Fulton Center
119 Ninth Avenue (17th/18th Streets)



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GANSEVOORT MARKET HISTORIC DISTRICT DESIGNATED
MAYOR BLOOMBERG RELATES ACTION TO HIGH LINE PRESERVATION
Following a three-year campaign for historic district designation by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) and its Save Gansevoort Market project, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) voted to approve the proposed Gansevoort Market Historic District on September 9, 2003. The designation will play a crucial role in preserving the historic character of one of the most vibrant High Line neighborhoods.

Announcing the designation, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said, "We are very excited about the critical role that the Gansevoort Market Historic District, with its unique sense of place and historic importance, will play in the development of the Far West Side. This is just the first of several key projects, including the restoration of the High Line, the construction of Hudson River Park, and the development of the Hudson Yards, that form the core of the administration's plans for the Far West Side. When completed, these projects will revitalize the West Side of Manhattan, forming a necklace of dynamic waterfront communities, each with their own unique assets."

To view the Landmark Preservation Commission's press release, click here.

This major preservation victory could not have happened without the diligent work of Save Gansevoort Market co-chairs Jo Hamilton and Florent Morellet and GVSHP executive director Andrew Berman (all three of whom have also been dedicated supporters of the High Line's preservation). Friends of the High Line extends them thanks and congratulations.


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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28: COMMUNITY INPUT MEETING FOR HIGH LINE DESIGN
As part of a multi-stage planning process leading to a design master plan for the High Line, Friends of the High Line (FHL) will hold an open community input session on October 28. There, FHL will solicit public comment on the design proposals created for Designing the High Line, the ideas competition FHL held earlier this year. We invite local residents and business-owners and all interested New Yorkers to come tell FHL which designs you liked (and which ones you didn’t like) and let us know what good ideas might have been missed by all 720 competition entrants. Public comment gathered at this event will be distilled into a list of community-mandated design guidelines that will be included in the Request for Proposals to be distributed to prospective design teams. This event offers High Line community members and the general public a valuable opportunity to register comments and ideas at the very start of the design process. We hope to see you there.

Tuesday, October 28 @ TIME TBA (Evening)
Metropolitan Pavilion
110 West 19th Street (6th/7th Avenues)

Please RSVP to Olivia Stinson via e-mail at olivia@thehighline.org.

We will inform you of the meeting's start time in a future e-mail, or you can check the FHL Web site for updates.



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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11: OPEN HOUSE NEW YORK & HIGH LINE VIEWING
On Saturday, October 11, Friends of the High Line will participate in the inaugural openhousenewyork (OHNY), one of the largest celebrations of architecture and design in New York City history. OHNY will invite the public inside 75 fascinating sites, many of which are usually closed to the public, in all five boroughs—at no charge. Since we cannot offer tours of the High Line to the general public, FHL will participate by offering a unique rooftop view of the High Line. To request information on the OHNY inaugural weekend event, contact info@ohny.org.

OHNY needs your help in staffing these sites to ensure that each individual open house runs smoothly for visitors and building owners alike. The time commitment can be as little as four hours. Perks include a volunteer button that would allow you to jump the queue at other OHNY sites, a Not For Tourist Guidebook, and the gratitude of the thousands who will attend. Volunteer names will be entered in a drawing for a signed copy of photographer Stanley Greenberg's new book, Waterworks, which captures the beauty and mystery of New York's hidden water system.

If you're interested in being part of the OHNY team for our groundbreaking inaugural event, please click here to register.

If you have any questions regarding volunteering, please e-mail volunteer@ohny.org
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HIGH LINE VIDEO FOR SALE
Many FHL supporters have inquired about getting copies of the magnificent video presentation about the High Line, directed and produced by John Zieman, that was displayed at Grand Central Terminal during the Designing the High Line exhibition. The video, which features interviews with Edward Norton and Diane von Furstenberg, as well as spectacular High Line footage shot atop the Line, is now available through FHL. VHS and DVD copies are available, $15 each, including shipping and handling. To order, please contact Rick Little via e-mail rick@thehighline.org or telephone at (212) 631-9188.


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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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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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