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FHL E-Mail Newsletter
October 25, 2006

IN THIS ISSUE
Dia Drops Plans for High Line Museum
November 2: High Line Design Talk and Reception with the Transit Museum
High Line Seed Harvest a Great Success
Construction Update: Site Preparation Begins
Photos from Piet Oudolf's Garden
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer Holds Transportation Forum
Greater Gansevoort Urban Improvement Project Holds First Meeting
FHL Fall Events Update


DIA DROPS PLANS FOR HIGH LINE MUSEUM
Today The New York Times reports that the Dia Art Foundation has chosen not to move forward with its proposal to develop an art exhibition space at the High Line’s southern end. While FHL is disappointed that the Dia plan could not be realized, we look forward to working with the City as it engages another compelling use for this important site. FHL believes that the intersection of Gansevoort and Washington Streets, the future location of the High Line southern entry, will ultimately become one of the most exciting corners in New York City. We also look forward to the possibility of partnering with Dia on other arts projects in the future.

Read the New York Times article



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NOVEMBER 2: HIGH LINE DESIGN TALK AND RECEPTION WITH THE TRANSIT MUSEUM
Join FHL and the New York City Transit Museum for a presentation on the High Line's history and preliminary designs for its reuse. The design talk, by industrial archeologist Tom Flagg and FHL Special Projects Manager Meredith Taylor, will be followed by a reception.

Tickets are $5 for members of the Transit Museum, and $8 for the general public.

Thursday, November 2, 6:00 PM
Hudson Guild's Dan Carpenter Room
441 West 26th Street (between 9th & 10th Avenues)
RSVP to the Transit Museum: (718) 694-1867



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HIGH LINE SEED HARVEST A GREAT SUCCESS
On Saturday, October 14, FHL and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation took a group of more than 50 High Line supporters onto the Line to collect seeds from a selection of native plant species. The program was made possible through the leadership of the Parks Department's Greenbelt Native Plant Center. The seeds collected will be stored in the Native Plant Center's seed-bank facility in Staten Island. Participants in the seed harvest were chosen by lottery and attended a mandatory training session with the Native Plant Center's staff. FHL extends a gracious thanks to the Parks Department and everyone who was able to join us.

Read the Villager article



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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: SITE PREPARATION BEGINS
A new phase of construction has begun on the High Line. This new phase—Site Preparation—will ready the structure for the installation of the new park landscape. The current work includes steel and concrete repair; sandblasting and repainting of all steel surfaces; bird deterrents; and the installation of a new underside drainage system. During sandblasting, the High Line structure will be wrapped with a containment unit to protect workers and adjacent areas (see photo).

Site Preparation follows the timely completion of the Removals phase, which cleared tracks, ballast, and debris from the elevated rail bed. (The tracks have been tagged and stored, so that many of them can be reinstalled into the future park landscape.) Site Preparation will wind down in summer 2007, paving the way for the installation of the new High Line access systems, pathways, plantings, and lighting, now being designed by the team led by Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

View Construction Photos



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PHOTOS FROM PIET OUDOLF'S GARDEN
Planting Designer Piet Oudolf recently sent these photos of his garden, in Hummelo, the Netherlands. Oudolf continues to develop his planting designs for the High Line, in collaboration with the design team of Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The team's approach is inspired by the self-seeded High Line landscape that grew during the 25 years after the trains stopped running.

Among the world's most innovative planting designers, Oudolf was among the first to introduce large-scale perennial plantings into public landscapes. He uses his own garden as kind of testing ground, experimenting to create captivating, dynamic, and durable landscapes of texture, fragrance, and color, with a focus on seasonal variation, plant life cycle, and transformation over time.

View more examples of Piet's work on our Web site.



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MANHATTAN BOROUGH PRESIDENT SCOTT STRINGER HOLDS TRANSPORTATION FORUM
On October 12, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer hosted a groundbreaking conference that brought together more than 400 policy makers, advocates, business and community leaders, and local residents to discuss the transportation challenges facing Manhattan and New York City. The conference, Manhattan on the Move, took place at Columbia University's Alfred Lerner Hall.

Borough President Stringer, Department of Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinshall, and the former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, Enrique Peñalosa all addressed the crowd and spoke passionately about the challenges facing the city's transportation infrastructure and the need to find solutions as the city continues to grow. Mr. Peñalosa is credited with leading Bogotá through some of the most progressive transportation reforms in the world. Kathy Wydle, President and CEO of the New York City Partnership, served as Master of Ceremonies for the event.

Borough President Stringer has brought crucial public funding to the High Line project, and FHL thanks him for his invaluable leadership.



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GREATER GANSEVOORT URBAN IMPROVEMENT PROJECT HOLDS FIRST MEETING
On Monday, October 16, The Greater Gansevoort Improvement Project (GGUIP), a new grassroots community group, held a meeting to discuss a comprehensive traffic and pedestrian study. The group is led by Jo Hamilton and Florent Morellet, who pioneered the efforts to create the Gansevoort Market Historic District. GGUIP is currently planning a study to assess open-space opportunities and vehicular and pedestrian safety in the area between West 16th and Gansevoort Streets, and Ninth Avenue/Hudson Street and the Hudson River. Working with consultants the Sam Schwartz Company and the Regional Plan Association, GGUIP will be collecting street and sidewalk inventories. The findings of the study will be released at GGUIP's next meeting in January and improvements will be suggested based on the findings and community input. For more information on the study or future public meetings, or to get involved, e-mail greatergansevoort@verizon.net.


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FHL FALL EVENTS UPDATE
Unless otherwise noted, all events are free, but RSVP is required to info@thehighline.org or (212) 206-9922.


High Line Cell Phone Tour
Ends October 31
An eight-stop, self-guided, street-level walking tour featuring messages from High Line architects, as well as supporters such as Edward Norton, Diane von Furstenberg, Glenn Close and Kevin Bacon.
Download Tour Map
Read the Chelsea Now Article

The New Yorker's Passport to the Art World Gallery Walk Benefiting FHL
Saturday, November 11, 10:00 AM
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling (866) 468-3399 or at www.ticketweb.com.

Day for Night: Lighting Design with Hervé Descottes of L'Observatoire
Monday, November 20, 6:30 PM
Join FHL's continuing series of talks with members of the High Line design team. This month, lighting designer Hervé Descottes, founder of renowned architectural lighting design firm L'Observatoire International, will discuss the lighting scheme for the High Line in the context of some of his other lighting projects. RSVP is required. Cedar Lake Theater, 547 West 26th Street.

Kids' Holiday Card-making Class Led by Artist Michael De Feo, Hosted by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
Saturday, December 2, 1:00 PM
RSVP is required. Event location and details available upon RSVP.



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DONATE TO FRIENDS OF THE HIGH LINE
The High Line project has won many major victories in recent months, thanks to the support of our donors. But the most important part of our work—building the High Line—is just beginning. By making an online donation, you help us work with our public partners, our design team, and the High Line community to create one of the most exciting public open spaces in New York City. You'll also become part of an ever-growing group of supporters and will be invited to major Friends of the High Line events.


Click any card above and fill in the secure form to make an online donation.


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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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