Rail Yards Hearing a Great Success!

railyards1Thanks to everyone who turned up this morning in support of  the High Line at the City Council hearing on the Eastern Rail Yards rezoning. The committee room and another, larger overflow room were both filled to capacity with High Line supporters wearing  “Save the High Line” T-shirts. (To everyone who came, you sure do look sexy in red!) Thanks also to those who took their time to testify to the Committee– so many passionate and well-spoken New Yorkers certainly made a big impression.

At the end of the meeting, the Council’s Committee on Zoning and Franchises voted to approve the text amendments. This was what we had expected from the meeting– still no definitive decision has been made on the High Line at the rail yards. The process of securing the High Line’s full preservation will be a long one.  High Line supporters will need to be both patient and tenacious to help ensure that all parties involved take steps to ensure the High Line’s full preservation at the rail yards.

We’ll report back soon with more info on what the next steps are.

In the meantime, if you haven’t yet gotten your High Line fix, tune in to Charlie Rose tonight to see Ricardo Scofidio and Elizabeth Diller, part of the High Line design team, talk about their latest projects.


Freshkills Park Blog and Tours

Fresh Kills Park

[Aerial rendering of Freshkills Park, via flickr.]

Freshkills Park, our other favorite future New York City Park designed by Field Operations, recently launched a blog. Updated by members of the team developing the park at the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the Freshkills Park Blog is a great source for photos, updates, and lots of fascinating information about the largest park to be developed in New York City in more than 100 years.

Check out the blog for more information about free public tours of Freshkills Park, which begin this Saturday, April 4th, and continue every other week through the fall. (If you’re looking for something to do after checking out the site, the blog also offers daytrip suggestions [PDF] for the area.)

Rail Yards Hearing Tomorrow- Note Location Change!

railyards**Tomorrow’s City Council hearing has been moved to 250 Broadway, right across the street from City Hall.**

Please come show your support tomorrow morning for the full preservation of the High Line at the West Side Rail Yards, and get a free “Save the High Line at the Rail Yards” T-shirt.

City Council Hearing on Eastern Rail Yards Rezoning

Tuesday, March 31

9:30 AM

NEW LOCATION: 250 Broadway (between Park Place and Murray Street)

16th Floor Conference Room

Subway: A, C, E, to Chambers; 2,3, to Park Place; 6, N, R to Bklyn Bridge/City Hall

Meeting Location: We will have staff stationed outside the front door of 250 Broadway, across from City Hall. Please check in with us and get your T-shirt before going inside.

Make sure to bring photo ID, as you will have to go through a security checkpoint on your way into the building. Tell the security staff you are going to the 16th floor for the Zoning and Franchises Subcommittee meeting.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:30. It’s okay if you can’t be at the hearing right at the beginning, or if you can only stay for a little while. The Eastern Rail Yards zoning is one of three agenda items, and the hearing will last as long as there are people speaking.

Please RSVP: railyards@thehighline.org

High Line’s Broadway Cameo

westsidestory[Image from http://www.broadwaywestsidestory.com/]

The new Broadway revival of West Side Story opened to great reviews last week, in no small part due to the steely strength of the supporting cast. Check out the tall, dark, and handsome stranger in the back– look familiar?

Walk (Around) the Line!


[Historical image courtesy Jim Shaughnessy]

Want to get to know the area around the High Line before you go up in a couple of months? The Center for the Urban Environment, a group dedicated to educating individuals about the built and natural environments of New York City, will be hosting a street-level tour with architectural historian Matt Postal, exploring the area surrounding the High Line.

The tour will cover the diverse architecture of West Chelsea and the Meatpacking District, including historic, as well as new buildings. Stops along the way will include Frank Gehry’s new IAC Building, the historic General Theological Seminary, the former Nabisco bakery, now Chelsea Market, and Westbeth, formerly the Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Saturday, March 21st
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

$13.00 Non-Members, $10.00 CUE Members, $8.00 Seniors & Students (w/I.D.)
To RSVP, and for meeting location, call (718) 788-8500, ext. 260 or see www.thecue.org and click “Urban Tours”.

Find out more about the Center for the Urban Environment here.
View their calendar of events here.

March 31 at City Hall – Save the High Line at the Rail Yards, Get a Free T-Shirt!


Please note the new date: this hearing is now scheduled for Tuesday, March 31.

This City Council hearing is an important step in the public review process for the rail yards and, therefore, for the future of the High Line. It  will be a critical opportunity to show the City, State and developer how much public support there is for preserving the High Line at these sites.

The Council has been an ardent supporter of the High Line from the very beginning of our advocacy efforts. By coming to this hearing, you’ll galvanize that support and send a clear message to all decision makers in the development process.

City Council Hearing on Eastern Rail Yards Rezoning
NEW DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, March 31
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
City Hall, Council Committee Room

Subway: A, C, E, to Chambers; 1,2, to Park Place; 6, N, R to Bklyn Bridge/City Hall

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The High Line in Bloom: Pt. 1


Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’

Then and now! We’re finally witnessing the fruits (flowers) of our labor. These beautiful pictures of an early Spring blooming shrub with fragrant flowers taken by Sierra Bainbridge at Field Operations are just the beginning of what promises to be an exciting Spring on the High Line. More images after the break.
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