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    I have no problem with taggers going to work on plywood construction barriers -- far more interesting than yards of blue paint.

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    ^ Trouble is, they don't stop at the fringes of blue plywood; since the impulse is fundamentally antisocial, you can't expect them to show such orderly restraint.

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    I am still bugged by taggers even on the blue.

    I do not, however, mind the guys that actually do something that might be worth keeping. There are a few out there that do some really good stuff, but if all you do is make your name look funkier and funkier, save it for your own back door.


    Anyway, back to the question, how do you think it will be accessed and what are your thoughts on that?

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    Default Modifications to High Line, West Chelsea district approved

    CITY PLANNING COMMISSION
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    Modifications to High Line, West Chelsea district approved

    Boundaries, frontage, easement access and lot coverage modified for High Line and Special West Chelsea district.</I> In June 2005, the City Council approved several applications related to West Chelsea including the establishment of a Special West Chelsea District to support development of the High Line elevated public space, art galleries, marketrate housing, and affordable housing. 2 CityLand 83 (July 15, 2005). Public review of the proposed text amendments identified the need for additional modifications.
    On October 27, 2005, the Planning Department filed an application for a Follow-Up Corrective Action, or FUCA, proposing modifications to the text amendments. The proposal clarified the boundaries, lot coverage calculations, and access requirements for the High Line Improvement Area; reduced minimum allowable frontage for development along the High Line; and identified Parks as the agency responsible for High Line maintenance and inspection. The proposal also added anti-harassment provisions similar to those created for the neighboring Special Hudson Yards District. 3 CityLand 5 (Feb. 15, 2006).
    The Commission unanimously approved, finding that the application addressed needs identified during the approval process of the prior text amendments.
    ULURP Process: The Planning Commission, as lead agency, issued a Notice of Minor Modification. Community Board 4 approved unanimously with the condition that the Planning Department increase the minimum streetwall in certain areas. Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields did not submit a recommendation.
    CPC: Special West Chelsea FUCA (N 060199 ZRM – text amendment) (February 8, 2006). CITYADMIN
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    Quote Originally Posted by nycitylaw
    The proposal also added anti-harassment provisions similar to those created for the neighboring Special Hudson Yards District.
    What is this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ablarc
    What is this?
    Anti Harassment violations are handled by HPD (Housing Preservation and Development) - things such as denial of services, intimidation, to get tenants to vacate.

    Besides the usual penalties involved, in the case of areas where there are zoning changes, the penalties could extend to loss of the zoning enhancements to the property owner.

    Work as actually begun on the High Line. It's true. I have a photo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZippyTheChimp
    Work as actually begun on the High Line. It's true. I have a photo.
    A couple of nyc bloggers recently took a tour of the highline: they got there only weeks before that bulldozer - this is a good documentation of the final days of the "old" highline. There are many photos to be found at this blogspot; also a link to a flicker photo pool with additonal pic - enjoy.

    http://ablogsoup.blogspot.com/2006/0...ne-photos.html
    the flicker photos from same blog - http://flickr.com/photos/ireallylove...7594069275598/
    Last edited by infoshare; March 23rd, 2006 at 07:18 PM.

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    RESIDENTIAL TOWER for CHELSEA MARKET??

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    http://www.nypost.com/realestate/comm/65742.htm

    We think Chelsea Market Tower has a nice ring to it and apparently so do its owners.

    Jeff Ackemann of the Atlanta-based Jamestown ownership group says they are starting to explore constructing a residential tower on top of the popular market and office building.

    The former Nabisco factory is a conglomeration of structures that comprises the full block between 15th and 16th streets and Ninth and Tenth Avenues - and enjoys marvelous Hudson River views.

    Ackemann said the recent High Line rezoning - which did not include their block - became an impetus for them to start discussions with City Planning and various architects and marketers towards building an up to 300,000 foot tower on its roof.
    Such a tower could be raised on strong stilts, or rest on one or the other ends of the market, which might mean relocating some tenants, Ackemann noted. "It is important to retain the Chelsea Market culture [within the design and living environment]," Ackemann noted.

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    Piet Oudolf, the reknowned Dutch garden designer who has done wonders with the gardens at Battery Park, gave a presentation last night (4.5.06) outlining ideas for plantings at the High Line. Despite some technical problems that caused the projector to render all of his plantings in eerie shades of greens, purples and blacks (think Morticia Adams!) Oudolf carried on and was still able to convey the structure of the gardens. The High Line folks promised to post Piet's images on their website so that the colors of the plantings can be seen.

    The official Grooundbreaking for the High Line takes place next Monday, April 10:

    HIGH LINE GROUNDBREAKING CELEBRATION - RSVP REQUIRED

    FREE



    The City of New York and Friends of the High Line invite you to celebrate Groundbreaking on Monday, April 10, from 12:00 noon to 1:30 PM. This exciting event will mark the official beginning of the High Line's transformation into public open space. The free, street-level, public celebration will include a light lunch and entertainment. Since Friends of the High Line was founded in 1999, we've used this E-Mail Newsletter to call our supporters to action. We've urged you to write letters, help us raise money, testify at hearings, and volunteer for events. We hope you will now join us to celebrate this dream becoming a reality.

    Reservations are required.


    Monday, April 10, 2006
    12:00 noon - 1:30 PM

    Little West 12th Street between 9th Avenue & Washington Street
    Rain or shine


    Piet's work at Battery Park:

    Gardens of Remembrance

    Renowned Dutch garden designer, Piet Oudolf, has designed these gardens, planted on May 8th, 2003, with native grasses and flowering perennials. They embrace the waterfront, are in rhythm with the sea breeze, and delight the eye, while greeting millions of annual visitors to the Battery.




    The Bosque

    The Battery Bosque - 2005


    Reconstruction Plan and Funding

    Opened in June 2005, The Battery Bosque is a garden-filled oasis at the tip of Manhattan. The Bosque, Spanish for “a grove of trees”, completes the second phase of Piet Oudolf’s horticultural master plan for The Battery. The Bosque features 57,000 square feet of gardens set among 140 mature London plane trees. The Bosque hosts 34,000 perennial plants, two distinctively designed food kiosks and a 40-foot-wide granite spiral fountain. The Conservancy raised $225,000 to fund the Bosque concept design. The realization of this design is funded by an $8.5 million grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation.




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    Beautiful! European quality. If the High Line turns out this well it will be one of the highlights of New York. Can't wait to see how it turns out!

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    Demolition at Little W12th St, as Spidey looks on.

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    Gothamist
    April 10, 2006

    High Line Construction Officially Begins!





    Even though construction has been quietly progressing for the last month, today was the official groundbreaking for the High Line Park. Just about every local politician was there to make a little speech about the revitalization of the area, including Senators Clinton and Schumer, Mayor Bloomberg, and City Council Speaker Quinn. A requisite smatter of celebrities also showed up-- Barry Diller and his wife Diane Von Furstenberg, Kevin Bacon, and Ed Norton all stood on the dais during the speeches. Everyone was wearing green commemorative hard hats with the Michael Defeo flower on the front. The big moment was a ceremonial "rail lifting"-- although to tell the truth, the machine seemed to be doing most of the work while the politicos stood around for the cameras.

    After the official ceremony there was a big party down on Little West 12th-- lots of free food, and some music. Everyone was standing around to get their picture taken with the High Line behind them. There was also a horse, presumably there to commemorate the cowboys that used to ride in front of the trains in olden times. The horse seemed sort of bored, but was allowing people to pet him.

    Related: here's Diller Scofidio + Renfro's official rendering of the park as it will look in a few years:



    Bonus materials:
    our pictures from the High Line last week.
    Lockhart's pix from the opening

    Special Contest: the take away prize for the groundbreaking was an honest-to-god rusty spike from the tracks, etched with the words "High Line Groundbreaking." We took one, and want to give it to you! All you have to do is answer the following question: what was the last train to ever run on the High Line carrying? [First correct answer to jake(at)gothamist wins! Tetanus shots are recommended for the winner-- and we'll even throw in the velvet bag that came with the tie!]



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    Answer: Frozen Turkeys

    (but it doesn't count since I gave it here)

    Despite what Curbed claims: Clinton, Schumer, Bloomberg, Quinn, Diller and Von Furstenberg were NOT on the dais during the celebratory speeches at the Groundbreaking Street Party on Little West 12th Street (the others mentioned were there). Looks like the biggies only showed up for the photo-op.

    The stars of the day however were Joshua David and Robert Hammond, the founders of Friends of the High Line and the two people most responsible for making this fantastic new park happen. NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe compared the two founders to such illustrious NYC advocates as Jackie Onassis and Jane Jacobs -- and David said afterwards that despite a bit of arguing the two decided that David was most like Jackie and Josh was Jane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZippyTheChimp
    Demolition at Little W12th St, as Spidey looks on.

    Superman? http://www.flickr.com/photos/garvinj...7594103823064/

    The blogosphere has got this city covered - twice!
    If you look closely, above Kevin Bacons' left sholder.....it Spiderman or is it Superman. Well....I got a chuckle out of it at least!


    P.S. On the flicker file....if you put the curser on the spidy figure...there is a rollover animation....have fun.
    Last edited by infoshare; May 18th, 2006 at 03:19 PM.

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