Imagine enjoying the best parts of Central Park in any weather condition. That is the basic premise behind the lofty idea to open New York’s and the worlds’ first underground park. As described on the “Lowline” website, Our vision is a stunning underground park, providing a beautiful respite and a cultural attraction in one of the world’s most dense, exciting urban environments.
Our vision is a stunning underground park, providing a beautiful respite and a cultural attraction in one of the world’s most dense, exciting urban environments.
As the worlds biggest cities struggle to keep up with demand for more and more housing lawmakers and developers are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to promote community living for residents without sacrificing critical space for much needed housing.
Following on from the incredibly successful High Line project which converted a disused elevated railway platform running down the East side of Manhattan from the 34th St Hudson Yards precinct to the Meatpacking District, the Lowline offers New Yorkers and tourists alike another opportunity to embrace nature in a unique setting. The project calls to transform the former site of the Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal in New York’s Lower East Side and create a green space never before seen in New York or anywhere in the world.
The disused former trolley site is approximately 1acre in size and is located beneath Delancey Street on the Lower East Side, which was once New York’s most culturally diverse neighbourhood, and it is hoped that the arrival of the Lowline in 2020 will further continue the neighbourhoods recent gentrification.
As you would expect technology will play a critical role as the concept of an underground park will be void of one of the few necessities that any park requires to flourish – sunlight. Cutting edge technology and planning has eveolved to allow the planners of the Lowline to capture sunlight from above street level and reflect it to the park below using what the developers of the technology are calling “Remote Sunlights”.
The Lowline have recently opened their Lowline Lab which is a small scale replica of what the final Lowline will look like and display to the community how the technology will grow and sustain plants and plant life underground. The Lowline Lab is located in an abondoned Lower East Side market just two blocks from the proposed site of the Lowline.
The Lowline Lab can be found at:
140 Essex Street
(between Rivington and Stanton Streets)
Lower East Side – New York City
How to get there:
Subway: J/M/F Essex Delancey Street
Saturday and Sunday
12pm – 6pm
Free and Open to the Public
October 2015- March 2016
For more information on the Lowline or to subscribe to their newsletter or join their community you can visit their website at www.lowline.org