The High Line Blog

  • CB4 and HYCAC's Discussion Document

    Manhattan Community Board 4 and HYCAC developed this document to synthesize information about the MTA's guidelines for the rail yards site, as well as overviews of the five proposals. It was intended for discussion at the December 10 public forum, but serves as a good reference for comparing t... read more
  • Weekly News Roundup, December 11-18

    Related Companies announces a $1.4 Billion investment by firms including Goldman Sachs and MSD Capital. While the firm's release remarks that this news does not impact any of their current plans, including their West Side Rail Yards redevelopment proposal, the timing of their announcement is cer... read more
  • From Crain's: Developers with Anchor Tenants Have the Edge

    Crain's New York Business reports today that the three developers who have lined up anchor tenants for the rail yards site, Related, Durst/Vornado and Tishman Speyer, have an advantage in the eyes of the MTA. Crain's' Theresa Agovino reports: The three leading contenders have each bid about $1 b... read more
  • Update on Community Forum Breakout Sessions

       As promised, here's a quick discussion of the break-out sessions moderated (in some cases) by members of Friends of the High Liine at the community forum presented by Community Board 4 on Monday. The graph above represents some of the main concerns expressed by the various groups (there... read more
  • 1930's Rail Yards

    A view looking Southwest at the working rail yards, taken shortly after the High Line was built (date and photographer unknown). Note the boxcars; the rail yards were originally used for freight, but are now used for Long Island Rail Road trains. The Miller Elevated Highway can also be seen, to... read more
  • Developer Exhibition Ends Friday

    Friday is the last day of the public exhibition of all five developer proposals, in a storefront near Grand Central. The exhibition includes design boards, models, and last time we checked, a representative from each developer on hand to answer questions. Those details again: Rail Yards Propos... read more
  • Kicked to the Curbed

    Like all New Yorkers of a certain age who are mildly obsessed with urban planning and real estate, we spend a lot of time curled up by the fireplace with Curbed. What's more, the city's premiere site for snarky commentary on the business of building has been a great resource for information about... read more
  • Plans Aired to the Community at the Hudson Guild

    On Monday night, over 200 interested members of the community (as well as political figures such as New York State Senator Tom Duane) gathered at the Hudson Guild at an event sponsored by Community Board 4 and the Hudson Yards Community Advocacy Coalition that included presentations from the f... read more
  • Media Round Up, December 3-10

    The Real Deal weighs different developers' treatment of the grid, the High Line and the challenges of the site. The Observer interviews Extell's Gary Barnett and Brookfield's Ric Clark, and lays out developer ties to the Bloomberg administration. Chelsea Now covers last week's architect prese... read more
  • Into the Box video

    Interesting video primer on the rail yards site from [vodpod id=ExternalVideo.444369&w=425&h=350& read more
  • Video: Cooper Union Architect Presentations

    On Monday, architects from the five development teams presented their designs to the public at Cooper Union. Videos of each presentation are now available. Please note these videos have been edited down for length, and the sound quality is not great. Steven Holl for Extell Robert AM Stern... read more
  • Five Questions for Five Developers

    Rail Yards Blog is developing a set of five questions to ask each developer about their proposals for the rail yards site. We want to hear from you: what would you most like to ask the developers? The five questions will be posted on Rail Yards Blog next week. read more
  • Chelsea Now/Villager Editorial on the High Line at the Rail Yards

    This week's issue of Chelsea Now features an editorial making the case for preserving the entire High Line at the rail yards. The Villager also ran the editorial. The piece focuses on the High Line's ability to add value to the site by increasing the value of the surrounding real estate, drawing... read more
  • Principles for the High Line at the Rail Yards

    Friends of the High Line is developing a series of principles for the treatment of the High Line at the rail yards. We strongly urge the MTA to make the following principles a requirement for the selected rail yards developer.  The developers' proposals demonstrate that all of these principles ar... read more
  • More than 1,000 attend Cooper Union Presentations

    Architecture Panel at Cooper Union A standing-room only crowd packed Cooper Union's Great Hall on Monday night to hear leading architects from the five developer teams present their visions for the Rail Yards. Each team made a 20-minute slide presentation focusing on the design of their proposa... read more
  • Comparing the Five Plans

    A quick visual comparison of the five developer's plans, alongside the MTA's land use guidelines from the RFP. Note the different distribution of open space and building arrangement. read more
  • Two ways to tell the MTA what you think about the developer proposals

    The MTA is taking public input for the five developer proposals until December 14. After the designated public comment period, a committee made up of representatives from the MTA and the HYDC will make a recommendation to the MTA Board, who will then be responsible for selecting the developer. Th... read more