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FHL E-Mail Newsletter
October 20, 2003

IN THIS ISSUE
Last Chance to RSVP for 10/28 High Line Community Input Forum
Rail-banking Update: STB Grants Abeyance
Save the Date: 12/12 High Line Benefit at CroBar,
New West Chelsea Club
Plans Announced for Gehry Building in High Line District
Ideas Sought for Pier 57


LAST CHANCE TO RSVP FOR 10/28 HIGH LINE COMMUNITY INPUT FORUM
The RSVP deadline for the High Line Community Input Forum has been extended until tomorrow. Please e-mail the office immediately if you would like to participate.

High Line Community Input Forum
Tuesday, October 28
7:00 - 10:00 pm
FREE
Metropolitan Pavilion, 110 West 19th Street
RSVP by October 21
to olivia@thehighline.org. (Be sure to include full contact information - name, address, phone, and e-mail.)

Join FHL on October 28 for a public discussion of design objectives for the High Line's conversion to public space. A design for the High Line will be created during the next 12 months. This is your opportunity to voice your ideas, visions, and concerns at the very start of the process.

At the forum, participants will review proposals created in the Designing the High Line competition, share ideas, express priorities, and determine a set of community goals for the High Line's design. These community goals will ultimately be given to prospective design teams as part of a formal Request for Proposals.



Forum Program Schedule:
6:30pm Participants check-in. Review competition entries, view video, place comments on Post-it notes on competition entries if desired.
7:15pm Introduction by Friends of the High Line.
7:35pm Presentation by John Alschuler, of Hamilton Rabinovitz & Alschuler.
8:05pm Split into groups of 9, each led by a moderator, for discussion.
9:00pm Break.
9:10pm Discussion groups report back to the assembled forum.
You must RSVP to participate! (Be sure to include full contact information - name, address, phone, and e-mail.)


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RAIL-BANKING UPDATE: STB GRANTS ABEYANCE
October 2, the City of New York filed a request to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to hold in abeyance STB action regarding the "rail-banking" of the High Line while the City holds discussions with affected stakeholders to resolve outstanding issues. The STB has granted the request, giving the City until January 5, 2004, to come back to the Board.

What does this mean? As many of you know, "rail-banking" the High Line (converting it to public open space through federal rails-to-trails legislation) requires approval from the STB, which has jurisdiction over all interstate rail lines. In December 2002, the City of New York formally started the process by filing a request with the STB for a Certificate of Interim Trail Use (CITU) for the High Line. A group of underlying property owners contested the legality of a CITU in this particular case, and the matter was the subject of a July 2003 hearing by the STB in New York City. By requesting the abeyance, the City hopes to engage in discussions with the affected stakeholders, including FHL, the railroads involved, relevant State agencies, and underlying property owners, with the aim of coming back to the STB with consensus. FHL will continue to keep you informed about the progress of this important issue.



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SAVE THE DATE: 12/12 HIGH LINE BENEFIT AT CROBAR, NEW WEST CHELSEA CLUB
On Friday, December 12, Friends of the High Line will throw a benefit party at crobar, a brand-new nightclub in West Chelsea. Please save the date—you won't want to miss this fabulous debut of Friends of the High Line in the wild world of West Chelsea nightlife. An invitation will follow….


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PLANS ANNOUNCED FOR GEHRY BUILDING IN HIGH LINE DISTRICT
On Tuesday, October 14, the New York Times featured plans for a new building by Frank Gehry proposed for the High Line neighborhood. The building would house offices for Barry Diller's InterActiveGroup—a group of Internet businesses with a travel focus. To read the New York Times article by Herbert Muschamp, click here.


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IDEAS SOUGHT FOR PIER 57
Manhattan Community Board No. 4 is seeking ideas from the public for the reuse of Pier 57, on the Hudson River waterfront, in the High Line neighborhood. Like the High Line, Pier 57 is an important piece New York City's infrastructure, and its reuse can be another example of the roles that monuments to Manhattan's industrial and transportation history can play in the city's future vitality.

Manhattan CB4's open call for ideas:
http://www.manhattancb4.org/pdf_files/P57RFI1form.pdf




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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 (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 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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