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FHL E-Mail Newsletter
October 13, 2004

IN THIS ISSUE
Tuesday, October 19: Community Input Forum for High Line Design
3 Major High Line Announcements
Open House New York High Line Viewings: A Huge Success
Thursday, November 18: Art Auction to Benefit the High Line


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19: COMMUNITY INPUT FORUM FOR HIGH LINE DESIGN
Please join us for a public discussion about the conversion of the High Line to public open space. This will be your first opportunity to work directly with the design team, Friends of the High Line, and the City of New York on the design of a great new public space for our community. At the forum, you will meet representatives from the design team, led by Field Operations with Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and view their initial concepts. You will then be able to share your ideas to help guide the team as they continue their design work.

High Line Community Input Forum
Tuesday, October 19, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Metropolitan Pavilion
110 West 19th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues)
FREE
RSVP by Friday, October 15, to community@thehighline.org or call (212) 206-9922

Special thanks to Metropolitan Pavilion for their donation of space for this event. For more information on Metropolitan Pavilion, go to www.metropolitanevents.com



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3 MAJOR HIGH LINE ANNOUNCEMENTS
On Wednesday, October 6, Friends of the High Line (FHL) and the City of New York held a press conference on the High Line featuring Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Gifford Miller, and actor/FHL board member Edward Norton. Three major advances for the High Line project were announced:

The City of New York has committed a total of $43.25 million in capital funds for the High Line's design and construction.
The State of New York and CSX Transportation, the railroad that owns the High Line, have joined the City in a legal filing seeking permission to transform the High Line into public space through the federal rail-banking program. The City began the rail-banking process in December of 2002, when it petitioned the federal Surface Transportation Board to grant a Certificate of Interim Trail Use (CITU). The recent filing adds crucial State and railroad support. This means that all the most important players are now lined up in the effort to create a great, new public space on the High Line.
The City and FHL have selected a design team led by landscape architecture firm Field Operations with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro to design the High Line's conversion to public open space.

The High Line project still faces hurdles. We need to raise private matching funds for the balance of design and construction costs; to secure a federal regulatory approval on the rail-banking petition; and to continue to raise funds for FHL (none of the City's new funding commitments can be used to support FHL programming or our staff's efforts to drive this project forward).

That said, just a few years ago it would have been hard to imagine such a great set of advances. Our deeply felt thanks go out to the City and State of New York, the railroad, our thousands of supporters, and all the elected officials who've helped us bring this dream so much closer to reality.

Read the October 6 Press Release
Watch the Press Conference Video
Read the October 7 USA Today Article



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OPEN HOUSE NEW YORK HIGH LINE VIEWINGS: A HUGE SUCCESS
During the weekend of October 9-10, Friends of the High Line (FHL) introduced the High Line to thousands of New Yorkers and visitors as part of openhousenewyork, the program that provides public access to restricted sites across the city. Thanks to the hospitality of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, we were able to offer High Line viewings from a freight-train platform in a City-owned meat processing plant adjacent to the Line.

FHL thanks openhousenewyork, the City of New York, and our team of terrific volunteers for making these two amazing days possible. Interest in the High Line viewings was so great that the queue extended from Gansevoort Street to Little West 12th Street and around the corner. Over 2,000 guests viewed the Line—a mix of New Yorkers and national and international visitors. All the FHL staff members who worked the event found this tremendous show of enthusiasm very moving.



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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18: ART AUCTION TO BENEFIT THE HIGH LINE
On Thursday, November 18, at 7:30 pm, the auction house Phillips, de Pury & Company will hold a major contemporary art auction to benefit Friends of the High Line. Three days of public viewings have been scheduled for the 49 lots, which include contemporary photographs, paintings, and sculptures, curated by Edsel Williams:

Tuesday – Thursday, November 16-18
10:00am – 5:00pm
Phillips, de Pury & Company
450 West 15th Street (near 10th Avenue)

View Auction Details

To register to bid at the auction, please contact Nicole Mucciolo in the bids department at Phillips, de Pury & Company: nmucciolo@phillipsdepury.com;
(212) 940-1228.

If you have other questions or would like to request a catalogue, please contact FHL's development director, Juliet Page: juliet@thehighline.org; (212) 206-9922.


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Please Note: The High Line is currently private property, owned by CSX Transportation, and managed by CSX and the City. At this time, the site is not open to the public, and trespassers will be subject to prosecution.




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 (American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa). Friends of the High Line uses PayPal, which lets any individual or business with an e-mail address securely make donations online.


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CONTACT INFORMATION


430 West 14th Street, Suite 304
New York, NY 10014
(212) 206-9922
(212) 206-9118 fax
info@thehighline.org
http://www.thehighline.org






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