The first Macaulay Perspectives event of the 10th-Anniversary season, “Reinventing Our Cityscape,” on Wednesday, October 13, 6 – 8pm, features Joshua David, one of the people behind the astounding transformation on Manhattan’s West Side–the High Line.
The event will be held at Macaulay Honors College, 35 West 67th Street in Manhattan.
Joshua David and Robert Hammond founded Friends of the High Line, a community-based non-profit group, in 1999 when this historic structure was under threat of demolition.The High Line was built in the 1930s, as part of a massive public-private infrastructure project called the West Side Improvement. It lifted freight traffic 30 feet in the air, removing dangerous trains from the streets of Manhattan’s largest industrial district. No trains have run on the High Line since 1980. Friends of the High Line works in partnership with the City of New York to preserve and maintain the structure as an elevated public park. See thehighline.org for more information.
Mr. David will talk about the process that led to the High Line as it lives today, and as it is still becoming. Q&A will follow a brief presentation. Click here to register.
Joshua David (seen at right in the picture with his co-founder, Robert Hammond), has lived in Chelsea since 1986. Before he turned his attention to the High Line, he was a freelance magazine writer and freelance editor for Gourmet, Fortune, Travel + Leisure, Wallpaper, and others. He is a member of the Advisory Council of Transportation Alternatives.
“Reinventing Our Cityscape” is the first in the “Macaulay Perspectives” series, part of Macaulay’s 10th-Anniversary celebrations. These evenings are a chance for students, faculty, supporters, and the general public to come together for the kind of thoughtful, passionate discourse that is the hallmark of the Macaulay experience.
In keeping with our anniversary theme, “Macaulay: Reimagine,” we are honoring the work of people who have reimagined the way New Yorkers—and Americans—engage their world, just as our Chancellor did ten years ago by creating the Honors College.
We hope you will join us for a lively evening with a New York visionary. Click here to register.
About Macaulay Honors College
Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York offers an exceptional academic and co-curricular environment for the best and brightest students, who come from all parts of New York and around the world. Macaulay students enroll in one of seven CUNY senior colleges (Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, Lehman, Queens and Staten Island). Through the unique Macaulay advising program, each student develops a coordinated, individualized academic program that includes research, global learning, graduate and professional mentoring, community engagement, and close faculty-student collaboration. Selected for their top high school records and leadership potential, every Macaulay student receives a full-tuition scholarship, a laptop and technology support, a $7,500 study grant to pursue global learning and service opportunities, and a Cultural Passport that provides access to more than 200 museums, libraries, and other treasures around New York City. With the admission of the Class of 2014, Macaulay marks the beginning of its tenth year. For more information about Macaulay Honors College, see macaulay.cuny.edu.