LowLine: An Underground Park on NYC’s Lower East Side

Well, it actually doesn’t exist yet. However, it would seem they are being funded by people everywhere to get the project underway. What a cool concept. New York’s first underground park. Such a great way to transform the unused area and use new technology that can beautify the space.

Dan Barasch and James Ramsey are Co-Founders of the Delancey Underground project and here is a little about their project…

 

 

What is the LowLine?
We want to transform an abandoned trolley terminal on the Lower East Side of Manhattan into the world’s first underground park.  It will be a new kind of public space, using solar technology for natural illumination, and cutting edge design to capture and highlight a very special industrial space.

A park… underground?!?
Ever wonder why there’s so little green space in New York?  There aren’t a lot of empty plots of land just waiting to be turned into new parks. New Yorkers have had to be a little more creative, and must look in unusual places – the High Line, a park built on an old elevated rail trestle, is a great example.

A few years ago, we learned about a massive unused former trolley terminal in our neighborhood, the Lower East Side. We got to thinking: what if we could build a park– underground– even if the space lacked natural sunlight?  So we explored using fiber optic cables to transfer sunlight below ground– to support the growth of plants and trees.  As we shared this idea with others, people got excited.  “An underground High Line for the Lower East Side,” they’d say.  “Kind of like… a LowLine.”  The nickname stuck.

To read more: LowLine: An Underground Park on NYC’s Lower East Side  A Design project in Lower East Side

 

 

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