Capalino served as an advisor to Friends of the High Line, a private not-for-profit conservancy organization that maintains and operates the High Line Park on Manhattan’s West Side. We helped secure approvals and raised public funding to transform the elevated freight rail line into an innovative public park.
The High Line is recognized as an icon for innovative design and sustainability and has become an inspiration to other cities for its extraordinary use of public space and ‘greening’ the urban environment. Owned by the City of New York, the High Line is a public park maintained, operated, and programmed by Friends of the High Line, in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.
Capalino’s strategy was to assist Friends of the High Line in building an unprecedented groundswell of community support for the adaptive re-use of the unique, historic structure. This including securing the support of the local residents and businesses, major civic organizations and global environmental and urban experts.
Thanks to the efforts of thousands of individuals, the local community and the leadership of local elected officials, the project was not only saved, but more than $120 million in City capital funding and an unprecedented rezoning of West Chelsea was approved to support the redevelopment of the High Line into a world-renowned public park.
September 21, 2014 marked the opening of Section 3 of the High Line. The completed 1.45-mile linear elevated park has firmly cemented its place as a one of New York City’s major public spaces. Read more from the New York Times: The High Line Opens Its Third and Final Phase
Learn more about the High Line by visiting http://www.thehighline.org/