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Why the High Line Matters Post Covid


Governor Cuomo recently announced a new spur of the High Line to link Moynihan Train Hall to the far West Side and another link to the Javits Center, too. We invited Robert Hammond, co-founder and executive director of Friends of the High Line to share his vision as the city emerges from the crisis. He’s been thinking about the way the High Line can be a connector for the needs of all New Yorkers and continue to be a source of economic development and cultural and social activity on Manhattan’s West Side.

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Robert Hammond, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the High Line, had the vision and foresight to lead the effort to build an elevated park on an abandoned railway line in New York City 20 years ago. In 2017, he formed the High Line Network, which focuses on the equitable development of underused city infrastructure to develop new urban landscapes.


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Cheryl Cohen Effron

Cheryl Cohen Effron spent most of her career as a New York-based real estate developer. Ms. Effron left full-time real estate work to dedicate her time to tri-sector (government, non-profit and corporate) solutions for urban issues. Ms. Effron is currently board chair of Greater NY, a non-profit she co-founded during the financial crisis in 2009 which pairs civic leaders in the business world with the heads of non-profit organizations in two-year one-on-one strategic partnerships.

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Jamie Rubin

Jamie Rubin is a veteran of federal and state government and a longtime investment professional. He served in the Clinton Administration, then spent 15 years on Wall Street as an investment banker and partner with two global private equity firms. Jamie rejoined the public sector in 2012. Jamie is now CEO of Meridiam NA, a developer of large infrastructure projects in the US and Canada. Jamie is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School. He and his wife, author and podcaster Gretchen Rubin, live in New York City with their daughters and a dog.