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FHL Newsletter
NOVEMBER 27, 2001


PHOTO SHOW AND RECEPTION SAVE THE DATE!
Tuesday, December 11, 6-8pm
Pace/MacGill Gallery
534 West 25th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenue

Friends of the High Line and the Pace/MacGill gallery will host a reception to celebrate Joel Sternfeld's gorgeous High Line photography, which is on display at Pace/MacGill's West Chelsea gallery until January 5. This is a spectacular show. Any one with interest in the High Line won't want to miss it. Tues-Sat, 10-6, address above.

At the December 11 reception, Sternfeld will be signing books of High Line photography, which will be on sale for $30. Sternfeld also plans to debut a video, "Walking the High Line." New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik will be reading from his work about Sternfeld and the High Line.

COMMUNITY BOARD 4 ISSUES LETTER OPPOSING DEMOLITION WITHOUT COMMUNITY REVIEW

"Manhattan Community Board No. 4 is deeply disturbed by the fact that the process for New York City approval of the demolition of the High Line, the elevated freight railroad located in the western portion of its district and that of its neighbor, Community Board 2, has been proceeding close to a conclusion without any kind of public review or even notice."

So begins a letter approved by Community Board 4 at its full board meeting on November 7. It has since been sent to Robert M. Harding, Deputy Mayor For Economic Development and Finance, and copied to numerous elected officials.

A large group of supporters of Friends of the High Line spoke at the Board's public session, protesting the City's demolition plans and the fact that the City is attempting to finalize these plans without any community review.

The New York Observer covered the session, quoting FHL supporter Rodney Durso: "I'm outraged that this deal is being made behind our back."

A big thank you to Rod and all the other generous FHL supporters who came out to testify before the Board. With such dedicated and caring community members fighting to save the High Line, we are certain to prevail.

Also, a big thank you also to Board 4 for their recognition of the seriousness of this matter. Special thanks to Ed Kirkland, Chair of the Chelsea Preservation and Planning Committee , who drafted the letter; and to Board 4 Chair Simone Sindin and 14th Street Special Committee Chair Tom Lunke, who joined Mr. Kirkland as signatories on behalf of Board 4.

MANHATTAN BOROUGH PRESIDENT PRESENTS RAIL YARD PLANS WITH REUSED HIGH LINE

On Friday, November 16, Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields presented a redevelopment proposal for the 30th Street Rail Yards that showcased the High Line reused as a public open space.

Borough President Fields presented her plans to a group of the city's leading architects and planners, who participated in the Center for Architecture's panel discussion reviewing major planning issues in all five boroughs.

The Borough President's plan was developed by the firm of Buckhurst Fish & Jacquemart in a process that included significant community input.

Thanks for your interest in the High Line!
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