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December 20, 2006

Dear High Line Friend,

We hope you will consider supporting Friends of the High Line with a year-end gift. Your contribution will help change the face of New York City.

Right now, workers in hard hats are working on the High Line, and in 2008 Section 1 will open as one of the world's most enigmatic landscapes—a park in the sky. But the start of construction is just that—a beginning. The High Line needs your support to become the innovatively-designed, lushly-planted, welcoming park that we all want it to be.

Our goals for 2007 include beginning construction of the park landscape on Section 1, launching plans for Section 2, from 20th Street to 30th Street, and expanding our community and educational programming initiatives. We are planning a lecture series, a portrait project with photos of High Line supporters on construction fences throughout West Chelsea, an art-oriented street party, and a design exhibition that unveils the final designs for Section 1 of the High Line.

And did you know that the future of one part of the High Line still needs to be secured? Even though the City owns the Line up to 30th Street, at the West Side Rail Yards, the High Line could either be preserved, altered, or partially demolished. In 2007 we will work to ensure that the High Line is preserved in its entirety.

Please help us continue to build a great new park for New York City's future. We are grateful for your support, and look forward to seeing you in the new year.



Joshua David & Robert Hammond
Co-Founders

PS. Below is a selection of highlights from this past year.





APRIL 10 GROUNDBREAKING

At the High Line's Groundbreaking ceremony, the lifting of a High Line track was celebrated by elected officials: from left, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Senator Charles E. Schumer, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden, and Representative Jerrold Nadler.


THANKS TO ELECTED OFFICIALS
The success of the High Line project has been made possible by our visionary elected officials. For their efforts to bring major capital funds to the High Line's construction, we thank Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer, Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Representative Jerrold L. Nadler.



High Line supporters at the April 10 Groundbreaking celebration.



Music for the Groundbreaking celebration was provided by the Lab School Band.

View more pictures from Groundbreaking






CONSTRUCTION BEGINS

A front-end loader is lifted onto the High Line by a crane.



A bulldozer removes gravel ballast from the High Line.



Rails in storage on the High Line. Rails removed from the High Line were tagged (in yellow) so some of them can be returned to their original locations, incorporated in the design of the park landscape.



The High Line after the completion of the removals phase. During this phase, the construction team removed everything on the Line in order to access the bottom layer of concrete for repairs.



A sandblasting containment unit. The second phase of construction, site preparation, involves sandblasting the steel of the structure and repainting with three layers of paint. The gray-green color above is a primer coat.

View more construction pictures






DESIGN PRESENTATIONS
James Corner (left photo), principal designer at Field Operations, presents the preliminary design for the first section of the High Line to open (Gansevoort to 20th Streets). Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe (right photo) welcomes the group.

Throughout 2006, FHL presented a series of public design talks, which focused on lighting, planting design and overall design strategy.

View the Preliminary Design






PROGRAMMING

In July, a group of High Line supporters attended a green roof class at the Solaire in Battery Park City. FHL's summer programming emphasized horticulture and green technology.



2006 was the 5th year of the High Line Education Program. This year, a group of elementary school students participated in an after school program at the Hudson Guild. Students made models of the High Line, above, which were exhibited at the Hudson Guild.



In December, artist Michael De Feo led a cardmaking class for children of High Line supporters at the headquarters of Martha Stewart Omnimedia. Michael has contributed his art to FHL many times, including the use of his trademark flower design on hardhats at Groundbreaking.





SIXTH ANNUAL SUMMER BENEFIT

FHL's sixth annual summer benefit was held on June 21 at Cipriani Wall Street, and was attended by more than 800 High Line supporters.



City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Tiki Barber, and Gifford Miller



Sherman Meloni, Christopher Meloni, and Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer



Diane von Furstenberg, Barry Diller, and Attorney General Eliot Spitzer
Photos © Patrick McMullan.




View Benefit Pictures





HIGHLINERS EVENT AT CIELO

Michael Stillman, Jackie Miller, Guest, Thomas Leahy, and Jennifer Berlin at a kick-off party for the Highliners, a new group for young donors. The party was held at Cielo in July. Photo © Patrick McMullan.





HIGH LINE KIDS' CAMERA PROJECT




Over the summer, FHL and Fujifilm donated 100 one-time-use cameras to kids who live, go to school, and play in the High Line district. They were asked to take pictures of what they thought made the neighborhood important or unique. A selection of the photographs were displayed at Chelsea Market in the fall. Top photo by Amy N., age 9, bottom photo by Jazmin H., age 9.

View the Photographs






HIGH LINE VIEWING AT OPEN HOUSE NEW YORK

High Line supporters wait in line to view the High Line as part of Open House New York weekend. FHL opened an out-of-use meatpacking building at the High Line's southern end to the public. 1,400 visitors came to view the construction site atop the High Line from the building's third floor loading platform.





HIGH LINE CELL PHONE TOUR

A sign for the High Line Cell Phone Tour, an interactive audio tour of the High Line and surrounding area from street level. Participants were given a map of tour stops, and called a special number to hear recorded messages from prominent High Line supporters such as Diane von Furstenberg, Kevin Bacon, and Glenn Close.





HIGH LINE NATIVE PLANT SEED HARVEST




FHL volunteers collect seeds from a selection of native plant species. The program was led by volunteers from the Parks Department's Greenbelt Native Plant Center.



Harvesters filled 35 bags full of seed heads and stems that have since been dried, processed, and stored in the Native Plant Center's seed bank facility in Staten Island.





PUBLIC FORUM ON THE HIGH LINE AT THE RAIL YARDS

More than 200 High Line supporters attended a presentation at Chelsea Market about the future of the High Line at the West Side Rail Yards. The High Line's future at the northern section (from 30th to 34th Streets) is undecided, and depends on the planning process for the sites at the West Side Rail Yards. The High Line may be fully preserved, altered, or partially demolished.



The Rail Yards section of the High Line as it exists currently, curving around the site from 30th Street to 34th Street. Photo © Alex S. MacLean/Landslides.



A rendering showing an example of how the northern section of the High Line could be used in coordination with new development at the West Side Rail Yards site. Image by SHoP Architects.




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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