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Everything Old is New Again by Miriam Plavin-Masterman

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CHAPTER 2

Friends of the High Line: How Two Guys Became a Parks Conservancy

The High Line was built as a freight railroad line to serve Manhattan’s West Side. It opened in 1934, and closed in 1980, sitting neglected and abandoned for decades. Chelsea neighborhood residents Robert ­Hammond and Joshua David met at a public forum in 1999 discussing whether or not to save the High Line, and decided to work together to preserve it, founding the Friends of the High Line (FHL) as the organizing entity. The story of the High Line’s proposed demolition, preservation, and eventual redesign as a public park has caught the attention of artists, architects, city planners, celebrities, business entrepreneurs, and writers worldwide.

The FHL founders, Hammond ...

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