Loving the High Line

On Wednesday night I went to an event for the High Line that was held at Jeff Koons studio.  I had been there a few years ago and was just as wowed this week as I was in 2009. 

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The event was a memorable one.  First of all Fred was stuck in Canada due to weather and thankfully my dear friend Mo said yes at 530 to be my date for a 630 event.  That night Mayor Bloomberg announced that Barry Diller and Diane Von Furstenberg were giving another $20 million to the High Line after kicking off the High Lines fundraising efforts at the very beginning with a donation of $15 million.  Pretty damn amazing. 

I was speaking about this with a few people earlier in the week who are just starting to do some great work as philanthropists.  They are in their early 30's.  They are a little overcome that this money wouldn't go to something like saving lives.  I get what they are saying but as you get older understanding the value of what the High Line has given to NYC as an cultural institution as well as a park that will be enjoyed and part of the NYC landscape for basically ever is an incredible gift not only to NYers but to people who visit it across the globe.  You can't put a price tag on that. 

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Fred and I are delighted to be donors to the High Line and I joined the board last spring.  I feel amazing every time I walk it.  Are we still giving money to help save lives. Donors Choose is doing that and quite frankly so is MOUSE and Hot Bread Kitchen.  Perhaps not saving lives but making a difference in peoples lives.  The High Line is making a difference in peoples lives too if you really think about it. 

Bravo to both Barry Diller and Diane Von Furstenberg for leading the charge in making sure that the High Line will get completed from the beginning on Gansevoort Street right up to 34th Street.  They are making their mark on the city and leaving a legacy behind that hopefully next generations will continue to repeat and learn from. 

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