We need your support tomorrow at the Community Board 4 public forum on the Western Rail Yards. Even as we open the first section of the High Line as a public park today, one-third of the structure still has an uncertain future, and may be partially demolished. Come help us show the City, developer and the MTA that the preservation of the entire historic High Line must be made a priority at the Rail Yards.
Read Background on the High Line at the Rail Yards
Related, the developer working on plans for the site, will present to the Community Board their proposal for zoning changes to the Western Rail Yards. The Community Board will then make a recommendation based on public comment. The public event is part of the public review process (ULURP, the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure) that zoning text changes must go through before they are ultimately approved by the City.
You do not have to speak, but if you would like to, please let us know. For those of you who have red Save the High Line at the Rail Yards T-Shirt, please wear them. Thanks to everyone who has attended Rail Yards events in the past– throughout this long process, it remains crucial that we consistantly show how much support there is for the High Line’s preservation.
Wednesday, June 10
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Sign-in begins at 6:00
Fulton Center Auditorium
119 Ninth Avenue, between 17th and 18th Streets
What we are asking for: There is still no legally binding requirement that the High Line be preserved at the Rail Yards, and Related’s proposed changes do not secure the High Line’s future. The Western Rail Yards ULURP provides a key opportunity for the City to take steps to preserve the High Line. Specifically, the City can and should take ownership of the High Line at the rail yards, as it did with the portion below 30th Street. City aquisition of the High Line requires ULURP, so it makes sense to include this action in the Western Rail Yards ULURP, which has already begun. We will be asking the Community Board to reject the propozed zoning changes unless City acquisition and full preservation of the historic are included.