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December 15, 2005
2005 has been a momentous year for the High Line. View list of 2005 accomplishments. Please help us with a tax-deductible year-end gift so that 2006 can be another great year for this exciting project.
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2005 IN PICTURES
Railbanking: In November, the High Line was railbanked, ensuring its future as a public park. Railbanking has been our primary goal since Friends of the High Line was founded in 1999.
Federal Authorization/CITU: In June, the federal body that governs the use of rail corridors issued a Certificate of Interim Trail Use (CITU). This concluded 20 years of legal disputes about the High Line and authorized railbanking negotiations to proceed. Above: Front page New York Times headline announcing the authorization.
Read the New York Times Article
Public Design Session: In May, over 400 members of the public gathered at the Bohen Foundation, in the Meatpacking District, for a design presentation and Q+A with the team of Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Above: FHL's Robert Hammond addresses the group.
Read the Q+A
$18 Million in Federal Funding: In August, Senators Schumer and Clinton and Congressman Nadler secured $18 million for the High Line in the multi-year federal transportation bill. Above: Senator Clinton walks on the High Line with FHL's Robert Hammond and Joshua David and other supporters to announce the funding.
West Chelsea Rezoning: In June, the City rezoned West Chelsea to support the High Line's reuse, among other objectives. FHL brought 150 community members to a City Council hearing to support High Line-related provisions in the rezoning proposal.
MoMA Exhibition: From April through October, the Museum of Modern Art exhibited the preliminary design by Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Above: Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, 3rd and 4th from left.
Design Web Site: In April, FHL launched a comprehensive, interactive design Web site showcasing the preliminary design. Special thanks to PS and unitytheory for their Web design expertise.
View the Design Web Site
Community Outreach: In November, FHL hosted a pizza party and project briefing for residents of the Robert Fulton Houses, in Chelsea. It was one of a series of FHL events that engage a full range of community participation in the High Line project. Above: Peter Mullan, FHL's Director of Planning, addresses the group.
Kitchen / High Line Block Party: In September, FHL teamed up with West Chelsea arts organization The Kitchen to present the Kitchen / High Line Block Party. More than 5,000 people attended the free event, which featured arts and crafts activities, music, entertainment, and food from neighborhood restaurants.
High Line viewing with Open House New York: In October, more than 1,400 people viewed the High Line from the Phillips de Pury & Company auction house as part of the third annual Open House New York weekend.
Education Program: FHL's education program, now in its fourth year, was based this fall at Hudson Guild. Second-graders learned about the High Line's history and future, toured the neighborhood, and built High Line models.
Dynamic Fundraising Events: As always, FHL's 2005 fundraising events were as dynamic and unique as the High Line project. Top: Over 700 supporters gathered at Cipriani Wall Street for FHL's 5th Annual Summer Benefit. Middle: Anderson Cooper, left, introduces Summer Benefit honorees: environmentalist Ed Norton, City Planning Chair Amanda Burden, and photographer Joel Sternfeld. Bottom: FHL's Joshua David and Robert Hammond compete in the Miss Meatpacking District Gown Contest, part of an irreverent ball at the Roxy honoring Meatpacking District pioneer Florent Morellet.
View Summer Benefit Photos
Please help us with a tax-deductible year-end gift. The major City and federal commitments we’ve announced this year must all go to capital costs, such as construction. Not a penny can be used by Friends of the High Line for our operations, including our work with the community, the City and the design team.
Our thanks go out to you and all the Friends of the High Line for helping us make this year such a success. We look forward to your continued support in 2006, as we gear up for the start of construction, and we wish you a happy new year.
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FHL ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2005
Railbanking: FHL's biggest victory yet. Railbanking has been our central goal ever since we started FHL in 1999. It allows the High Line to be preserved for park use, and it enables construction to begin in 2006. Two advances in November 2005 allowed railbanking to take place: the City took ownership of the High Line from CSX Transportation, Inc., and signed a Trail Use Agreement.
City Partnership: In 2005, the City of New York welcomed FHL into a successful collaboration to advance the High Line project. FHL is grateful to the Bloomberg Administration for fostering this extraordinary public-private partnership.
CITU: In June, the federal Surface Transportation Board issued a Certificate of Interim Trail Use (CITU). This concluded 20 years of legal disputes about the High Line's future and allowed railbanking negotiations to proceed.
$18 Million in Federal Funding: In August, Senators Schumer and Clinton and Congressman Nadler secured $18 million for the High Line in the multi-year federal transportation bill.
$61.75 Million in City Funding: City funding commitments to the High Line now stand at $61.75 million.
West Chelsea Rezoning: In June, the City rezoned West Chelsea to support the High Line's reuse, among other objectives. Prior to City approval of the rezoning, FHL brought 150 community members to a City Council Hearing to support High Line-related provisions in the proposal.
Preliminary Design: In collaboration with the City, FHL worked with the design team of Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro to complete a preliminary design for the first stage of the High Line's transformation (Gansevoort Street to 15th Street).
Public Forums and Input: In May, FHL continued its successful series of public input forums, presenting the preliminary design to 400 New Yorkers at the Bohen Foundation, in the Meatpacking District.
MoMA Exhibition: From April through October, the Museum of Modern Art exhibited "The High Line," an exhibition focused on the preliminary design.
Outstanding Reviews: Reviewing the MoMA exhibition in the Wall Street Journal, Ada Louise Huxtable called the preliminary design, "a proposal that ranks with the best of them. This imaginative and sensitive scheme is so well conceived and its design development is being so well orchestrated… that it serves as an object lesson for [the] preservation movement...."
Front Page New York Times: In June, the New York Times featured a High Line article and photograph on its front page: "Rusty Railroad On Its Way to Pristine Park; City Gets Approval To Transform Old Line".
Free Community Events: In September, over 5,000 people attended the High Line/Kitchen Block Party hosted by FHL with the Kitchen, a West Chelsea arts organization. In October, over 1,400 people viewed the High Line from the gallery of Phillips de Pury & Company auction house; the event was part of the third annual Open House New York weekend. In October and November, the arts organization Creative Time presented an international exhibition of works inspired by the High Line's upcoming transformation, in an out-of-use meatpacking plant adjacent to the High Line. All events were free.
Education Program: For eight weeks in the fall, FHL sponsored an education program for second-graders at Hudson Guild, culminating in a model-building project.
Strong Fundraising Events: In July, FHL's Summer Benefit at Cipriani Wall Street honored Amanda Burden, Ed Norton, and Joel Sternfeld, attracted 700 guests. In the fall, FHL honored Meatpacking District pioneer Florent Morellet at an irreverent ball at the Roxy.
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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 will 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 every major Friends of the High Line event.
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