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HIGH LINE STORIES:  Realizing a dream…

Article: HIGH LINE STORIES: Realizing a dream…

Joshua David (L) and Robert Hammond (R) with High Line supporter, Ethan Hawke

Sundancechannel.com recently caught up with the very busy co-founders of Friends of the High Line, Robert Hammond and Joshua David, whose vision is captured in the Sundance Channel Original Series HIGH LINE STORIES.

The beautiful High Line is now open (see New York Times Architecture Review) and in Part 3 of our conversation (click here if you missed Part 1 and Part 2) Robert and Josh detail the mission of the Friends of the High Line going forward.

Diane von Furstenberg on the High Line

Article: Diane von Furstenberg on the High Line

Diane von Furstenberg with Friends of the High Line co-founders, Joshua David and Robert Hammond

Sundancechannel.com is thrilled to present our guest blogger this week – the beautiful and inspirational Diane von Furstenberg! The designer was an early proponent of the High Line and continues to lend her support to the exciting new elevated park (now open – see New York Times) in Manhattan.

Read more of Diane’s thoughts on the High Line!

Guerrilla community activism: create your own green space on Park(ing) Day

Article: Guerrilla community activism: create your own green space on Park(ing) Day

Had a chance to watch HIGH LINE STORIES yet? If so, you’ve witnessed not only how abandoned infrastructure can be transformed into useful green space, but also how community activists, officials, and even celebrities can come together and organize a project of this magnitude. The contributions of all players provide a model for empowering other budding change agents.

But what if you simply don’t have the time, or other resources, to spearhead an effort like the High Line? Creating change in your community doesn’t have to involve months or years of full-time work… in fact, it may be as simple as claiming a parking space.

That’s the idea behind Park(ing) Day, an initiative created by San Francisco-based art collective Rebar in 2005. The premise is simple: on a single day, citizens transform metered parking spaces into Park(ing) spaces, or “temporary public parks.” While these parks only last for a day, the idea is to get people discussing green space in their communities… and how parking is often a bigger priority than parks.

HIGH LINE STORIES – In the beginning…

Article: HIGH LINE STORIES – In the beginning…

Robert Hammond and Joshua David, co-founders, Friends of the High Line

In conjunction with our new digital shorts series HIGH LINE STORIES, Sundancechannel.com caught up with the very busy co-founders of Friends of the High Line, Robert Hammond and Joshua David and learned more about how two citizens of New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, who had never previously met, joined forces to save and re-purpose the High Line.

Learn the transformation of this elevated railway as New York City reinvents the urban oasis.