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December 5, 2008
SAVE THE SPUR VIDEO AND RALLY RECAP
A video recap of Monday's Save the Spur rally at the Eastern Rail Yards Public Forum. Special thanks to Brian Everett for the animation.
The turn-out of High Line supporters for Monday's Eastern Rail Yards Public Forum was great: more than 200 people rallied at Midtown's Red Cross in favor of preserving the entire High Line, including the Spur over 10th Avenue. Supporters wore red "Save the Spur" T-shirts and held signs during a presentation by The Related Companies, the designated developer at the rail yards.
The Spur, a portion of the High Line that crosses 10th Avenue at 30th Street, is still clearly under threat of demolition. Almost every speaker voiced strong support for preserving the entire High Line at the rail yards, including elected leaders US Representative Jerrold Nadler and New York State Assemblymember Dick Gottfried. Related gave no concrete answer as to why the spur would need to be torn down, only that the spur is "large and dark."
On a promising note, the building on the Western Rail Yards that was previously shown blocking the High Line's western views was not in the plans shown on Monday night.
With your help, we will continue to put pressure on the developer, the City, the MTA, and Governor Paterson. Please stay tuned to our E-mail Newsletter for updates on what you can do to help us Save the Spur.
Thanks to everyone who came out on Monday night to show that the Spur, like the rest of the historic High Line structure, must be preserved and integrated into the rail yards development.
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ONE WEEK ONLY: DESIGNING THE HIGH LINE BOOK ON SALE FOR $18
For just one week, we're offering a major discount on Designing the High Line: Gansevoort Street to 30th Street, our publication featuring the complete design for Sections 1 and 2 of the High Line. From now until next Friday, December 12, the publication, usually $30, will be available on Amazon.com at a reduced price of $18.
This full-color, 160-page, paperback book presents the comprehensive final design drawings and renderings, historical photographs, maps, and construction photographs. Including forewords by James Corner of Field Operations, Ricardo Scofidio of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Mayor Bloomberg, and others.
Our design publication makes a great holiday gift. Considering that another first-edition High Line book, Joel Sternfeld's Walking the High Line, is currently out of print and is selling on Amazon.com for $549, now is a great time to pick up your copy of Designing the High Line, at a discount, for this week only.
Buy Designing the High Line on Amazon.com
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HIGH LINE DISTRICT SELF-GUIDED WALKING TOUR BROCHURE AND PODCAST
The historic Westbeth Building, formerly Bell Telephone Laboratories, one of the ex-industrial buildings featured on the walking tour. Photo by Tom Starkweather.
Now available: a full-color brochure and podcast of our High Line District Walking Tour. Many of the former factories and warehouses, like the High Line itself, are examples of early twentieth-century architecture that have been repurposed. The tour passes through four specially designated historic districts: West Village Historic District, Gansevoort Market Historic District, Chelsea Historic District, and the newly designated West Chelsea Historic District.
Stops along the way include the Church of the Guardian Angel, London Terrace, the Starrett-Lehigh Building, and the Morgan Processing and Distribution Center, among others.
This program is made possible by the Trust for Architectural Easements.
Download the Tour Guide Brochure [PDF]
Listen to the Podcast [mp3]
Download the Podcast [iTunes]
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