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November 19, 2007


RAIL YARDS PROPOSALS NOW ON VIEW THROUGH DECEMBER 3
Let the MTA Know You Support Saving the Entire High Line



Today, the MTA publicly released the five developer proposals for the West Side Rail Yards. These proposals will be only be available for public comment for a period of two weeks. The proposals:

Brookfield Properties preserves the entire historic High Line.

Extell Developers preserves the entire historic High Line.

The Related Companies (plan not available online) preserves the entire historic High Line.

Tishman Speyer (plan not available online) preserves the High Line along Twelfth Avenue, but tears down the easternmost portion on 30th Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, and the spur over Tenth Avenue.

The Durst Organization and Vornado Trust only preserves a partial section. It demolishes the structure along Twelfth Avenue and the easternmost section on 30th Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues. The historic High Line would be replaced with another bridge structure. From today’s New York Sun:

The Durst-Vornado proposal includes a glassed-in galleria and an aerial walkway called the "skyline" that one of the architects, Daniel Kaplan of FxFowle, said would be the "21st century version of the High Line."


We are excited that the majority of the proposals preserve the entire High Line—a clear demonstration that the developers recognize its inherent value as a central component to the fully developed Rail Yards. However, this does not mean the High Line will necessarily be saved, even if one of the more favorable proposals is selected. The MTA will continue to negotiate with developers, even after one of them is selected. We hope you will urge the MTA to make preservation of the entire High Line a requirement of the selected plan.




Let the MTA Hear From You



We strongly urge you to go view and comment on the five developer proposals in the next two weeks. You will have the opportunity to comment on each developer’s proposal individually.

Public Viewing of Rail Yards Bid Proposals
335 Madison Avenue
(Northwest corner of Vanderbilt Avenue and 43rd Street)
Across from Grand Central Terminal
Daily 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Closed Thanksgiving


After the period of public comment, a Selection Committee made up of the MTA and the Hudson Yards Development Corporation will review the proposals. A selection is expected in the next two to three months. Until that time, we need your help ensure that preservation of the High Line is made a top priority in the review of proposals for this site.

The rail yards development process will continue to advance rapidly. Please continue to watch our e-newsletter for announcements about possible special viewing opportunities and other community events.


Read the New York Times Article

Read the New York Sun Article

Read the AM New York Article

View the MTA's Press Release on the Development Proposals


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