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|FHL E-Mail Newsletter
October 20, 2003
CHANCE TO RSVP FOR 10/28 HIGH LINE COMMUNITY INPUT FORUM
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
Metropolitan Pavilion, 110 West 19th Street
RSVP by October 21 to email@example.com. (Be
sure to include full contact information - name, address,
phone, and e-mail.)
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.
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:
check-in. Review competition entries, view video, place
comments on Post-it notes
on competition entries if desired.
||Introduction by Friends of the High Line.
by John Alschuler, of Hamilton Rabinovitz & Alschuler.
||Split into groups of 9, each led by a moderator, for
||Discussion groups report back to the assembled forum.
must RSVP to
participate! (Be sure to include full
contact information - name, address, phone, and e-mail.)
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UPDATE: STB GRANTS ABEYANCE
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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THE DATE: 12/12 HIGH LINE BENEFIT AT CROBAR, NEW WEST CHELSEA
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
world of West
Chelsea nightlife. An invitation will follow….
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ANNOUNCED FOR GEHRY BUILDING IN HIGH LINE DISTRICT
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
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SOUGHT FOR PIER 57
Community Board No. 4 is seeking ideas from the public for
the reuse of Pier 57, on the Hudson River
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.
open call for ideas:
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TO FRIENDS OF THE HIGH LINE
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
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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