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FHL E-Mail Newsletter
December 7, 2007

IN THIS ISSUE
December 10: Hudson Yards Community Advisory Committee's Rail Yards Input Forum FREE
New Rail Yards Blog: Watch the Rail Yards Architects Present Their Proposals at Cooper Union
Friends of the High Line’s Six Principles for the High Line at the Rail Yards- First Draft
Give Friends of the High Line Charter Membership for the Holidays


DECEMBER 10: HUDSON YARDS COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE'S RAIL YARDS INPUT FORUM FREE
Hudson Yards Community Advisory Committee (HYCAC), a coalition of community organizations and representatives of elected officials, will hold an input forum on December 10 as an opportunity for the public to view and comment on the rail yards proposals. If you were unable to make it to last Monday's presentation at Cooper Union, this forum will be a great opportunity to hear directly from the developers and give your feedback. Following presentations of the five proposals, we will break into moderated round-table discussions. We will summarize the discussion in our next e-mail newsletter. This event is co-sponsored by Manhattan Community Board 4.

Monday, December 10
6:00 - 9:00 PM
(Refreshments at 6:00, presentations begin at 6:30)
Hudson Guild's Dan Carpenter Room
441 West 26th Street
Between 9th and 10th Avenues

Space is limited so please RSVP to Community Board 4: (212) 736-4536
Please do not RSVP to Friends of the High Line.



The MTA is now taking public comments about the rail yards developer proposals online. Please visit www.mta.info/wsy to view and comment on each proposal. We urge you to make your voice heard in this planning process. Please see a draft of Friends of the High Line’s principles for the High Line at the rail yards, below.

View and comment on the Rail Yards proposals

The proposals are also on view in a storefront near Grand Central Terminal through December 14.

Rail Yards Proposals Exhibition
335 Madison Avenue
(Northwest corner of Vanderbilt Avenue and 43rd Street)
Across from Grand Central Terminal
8:00 AM – 8:00 PM, 7 days a week
Through December 14



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RAIL YARDS BLOG: WATCH THE RAIL YARDS ARCHITECTS PRESENT THEIR PROPOSALS AT COOPER UNION


Friends of the High Line is launching a new Rail Yards Blog. The blog is intended as a resource and public forum about the West Side Rail Yards planning process. We began this blog because we noticed a void in information about this major Manhattan site. While we are primarily concerned with the treatment of the High Line at the rail yards, we are also dedicated to making sure the planning process is as inclusive, transparent and community-oriented as possible.

www.railyardsblog.wordpress.com

On December 3, more than 1,000 members of the public gathered at Cooper Union's Great Hall to hear architects from each rail yards development team present their designs. Presenting architects included Steven Holl for Extell, Robert A.M. Stern, Bernardo Fort Brescia, Eugene Kohn and Claire Weisz for Related, Dan Kaplan and Margie Ruddick for Durst/Vornado, James Corner and Gary Haney from Brookfield, and Francisco Gonzalez Pulido for Tishman Speyer.

View the Videos on the Rail Yards Blog



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FRIENDS OF THE HIGH LINE'S SIX PRINCIPLES FOR THE HIGH LINE AT THE RAIL YARDS — FIRST DRAFT
Friends of the High Line is developing a set of principles for the treatment of the High Line at the West Side Rail Yards. We strongly urge the MTA to make these principles a requirement for the selected developer. The proposals demonstrate that all of these principles are feasible. We look forward to working with the selected developer to incorporate them in the final development of the site.

Thanks to everyone who sent us comments and feedback for the formulation of these principles. This is an early draft of the list. We encourage you to keep giving us feedback on how you want to see the High Line treated at the rail yards.


  1. Preserve the entire historic High Line structure, including the section along 12th Avenue and the spur to – and over – 10th Avenue. The majority of the proposals have demonstrated that this approach is both feasible and preferred.

  2. The High Line should have a consistent design identity along its entire length from Gansevoort Street to 34th Street. The High Line at the rail yards should be treated with the same design vocabulary established by the High Line design team for Sections 1 and 2.

  3. The High Line structure should be distinct from adjacent structures, as it is south of 30th Street. There should be some separation between the High Line and the adjacent structures on both 30th Street and 12th Avenue. The interior and exterior High Line railings should be maintained throughout. Buildings under the High Line should engage the structure in diverse ways, with a variety of building forms, with at least 25% of the High Line’s underside visible and open to the space below.

  4. Access: Connections to the High Line should be made at multiple points, both to the platform and to grade at 30th Street. These connections should be made at discrete points, similar to the proposed connections in Section 1 and 2. However, a wider connection would be appropriate at the cultural facility and at the terminus of Hudson Boulevard.

  5. The 30th Street View Corridor must remain open and unobstructed. Buildings should not be allowed to cantilever over the High Line along 30th Street. Cantilevers over the High Line along 12th Avenue are acceptable.

  6. The continuation of the High Line on the 33/34 Block should be anticipated. The High Line public open space should continue, unobstructed, to the point where it currently meets street grade at 34th Street.

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GIVE FRIENDS OF THE HIGH LINE CHARTER MEMBERSHIP FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Our rail yards advocacy will continue because of the generous support of our Charter Members. Charter Membership to Friends of the High Line makes a great gift this holiday season. With the High Line opening in less than 12 months, your membership will help us continue our work to save the High Line at the rail yards, and will help us ensure the park below 30th Street is safe and maintained at a standard of excellence that is equal to its design.

Join today, Charter Membership will only be available to those who become members before opening.


CLICK HERE TO JOIN CLICK HERE TO JOIN

Click the button above and fill in the secure form to become a member online.



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CONTACT INFORMATION


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(212) 206-9922
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