Help Save the New Globe Theater!

There’s a public hearing this Monday, March 10, about another great New York adaptive reuse project that we love.

On Governors Island sits a dilapidated military fort with exciting potential.  It was built to defend the country against the British in the War of 1812 and has an identical blueprint to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.  The New Globe Theater Campaign wants to restore the fort and create an amazing performing arts center in the open courtyard. 

 New Globe Rendering

Check out some more pics and renderings from architects Foster + Partners here.

There is a hearing at Federal Hall on Monday to challenge the National Park Service’s decision to eliminate the New Globe Plan.  

Monday, March 10th @ 5:00-7:00PM. 

Federal Hall, 26 Wall Street.

If you can attend, please RSVP by emailing Derek Collard at

Much like the High Line in the very beginning, this grassroots movement will need significant public support.  Take a minute to send an email to the National Park Service urging them to approve the New Globe!  Act soon!  Their deadline for public comments is March 18 at 11:59PM.


Profile: Larry Lerner


The movement to save the High Line started as a grassroots operation, localized in Chelsea and the Meatpacking District.  From the very early days, the neighborhood newspapers of Community Media (The Villager, Gay City News, Downtown Express, and later, Chelsea Now) have carried some of the best coverage of the project.

Chelsea Now was launched in 2006 to focus exclusively on the recently-rezoned and rapidly-changing neighborhood. Larry Lerner was hired as a reporter for the paper and quickly promoted to Associate Editor. (Community Media’s Associate Editors are its papers top editors). During his time at Chelsea Now, in addition to many, many other valuable Chelsea stories, Larry wrote some of our favorite High Line articles. (He also took some compelling photographs.)

Larry was the first journalist to note the High Line’s threatened status at the Rail Yards. In December, the paper carried an extensive interview with Robert Hammond about the Rail Yards, and a forceful editorial making the case for the High Line at the Rail Yards.

He’s also covered many of our public programs, including the High Line Cell Phone Tour.

A more complete list of Larry’s articles for Chelsea Now can be seen here.

Along with two other editors and a creative director, Larry was laid off in late January. I sat down with him briefly to chat about his time at Chelsea Now, and what’s coming up next. Our conversation is after the jump.

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