Thursday, March 01, 2012

An underground park on NYC's lower east side

Kickstarter seems to be a wonderful idea. A really innovative approach to supporting innovative ideas! LowLine is a perfect case in point. (GW)


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.

What is the space like?

This "Delancey Underground" space is quite large, by New York standards: 60,000 square feet, or 1.5 acres -- nearly the size of Gramercy Park. It was built in 1903 as a trolley terminal, for streetcars traveling over the Williamsburg Bridge, and has been out of operation since 1948. We fell in love with the site because of its architectural details: old cobblestones, crisscrossing rail tracks, vaulted 20-foot ceilings, and strong steel columns.

Here's what's even more exciting: it's in the heart of the Lower East Side. Our neighborhood is one of the oldest in the U.S., and has been home to generations of immigrants for centuries. It is a center of diversity, culture, creativity, and innovation.

Let the Sun Shine... Underground

To build this park, we're planning to use a cutting-edge version of existing technology-- which we've already built in prototype. The system uses a system of optics to gather sunlight, concentrate it, and reflect it below ground, where it is dispersed by a solar distributor dish embedded in the ceiling. The light irrigated underground will carry the necessary wavelengths to support photosynthesis-- meaning we can grow plants, trees, and grasses underground. The cables block harmful UV rays that cause sunburn, so you can leave the SPF-45 at home. Sunglasses optional (for cool kids).

What kind of a park is underground?

An awesome one.

We think a year-round public space will be valuable for everyone. Farmers markets and vendor stands can feature fresh produce and locally made goods, supporting local and sustainable businesses. Art installations, concerts, and performances can help showcase the incredible creative spirit of the Lower East Side. Youth programming and educational opportunities can offer rich experiences for kids and parents. And a safe haven from the hectic feel of Delancey Street will serve as relief in a very car-centric corner of Manhattan.

When it's really cold, or pouring rain, how much fun is it to hang out in Central Park? The High Line? Not so much. The LowLine can be the 21st century answer to traditional parks: instead of building up, let's build down!

What we've done so far

We first presented this idea to our local community board in September, and have been overwhelmed with public interest ever since. We got some great press, from CNN to the New York Times to the Huffington Post.

We’ve spoken with the MTA – the State-run Metropolitan Transit Authority, which owns the site – about this idea. The MTA was receptive; they are eager to turn the space into something new. But it’s now our job to prove that the idea could work and would be popular.

We’ve met with neighborhood business groups, who are excited about a new magnet for the Lower East Side. We’ve talked with elected officials and community representatives about how we can gain access to the site and start building a park.

We’ve spent the last year refining the solar technology, building an initial prototype to demonstrate how it works and planning for a large-scale demo later this year.

We've also teamed up with HR&A -- the firm that originally helped demonstrate the potential positive impact of the High Line -- and are working closely with them to refine our analysis and economic model for the park.

What we need to do next

Now we need to build a full-scale installation-- a "mini LowLine"-- so people can see this with their own eyes. And we need $100,000 to build it. This tech demo will be an invaluable tool in helping convince our community, potential funders, the City, and the MTA that this idea can work. It will also help us refine the technology so we get it perfect once it’s time to build the real thing. We’re planning on installing the mockup in the Essex Street Market, an indoor public space in our neighborhood.

In addition to raising this money, we’re also beginning the feasibility study that will help build the economic case for the park, and will put us on even better footing with the MTA, the City, and our neighbors. We’re also busy doing outreach to business owners and residents to find out what our neighbors would like to see in this new space.

We hope you’ll support our effort to build a new kind of park. You can visit our web site, ( also works-- just don't forget the "the!"), for more information or to see renderings of what the park might look like. And please help us by backing our Kickstarter campaign, at whatever level you can!

Thanks, and we’ll see you underground!


Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

ninest123 11.14
louis vuitton outlet, longchamp outlet, nike free, cheap oakley sunglasses, longchamp outlet, michael kors outlet store, replica watches, ray ban sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet, prada handbags, jordan shoes, nike air max, uggs on sale, replica watches, michael kors outlet, nike outlet, oakley sunglasses, polo outlet, michael kors outlet, ugg boots, christian louboutin uk, christian louboutin shoes, tiffany jewelry, burberry handbags, tory burch outlet, longchamp outlet, louis vuitton, christian louboutin outlet, oakley sunglasses, prada outlet, burberry outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet online, uggs outlet, michael kors outlet online, louis vuitton outlet, ugg boots, michael kors outlet online, ray ban sunglasses, oakley sunglasses, uggs outlet, louis vuitton, nike air max, michael kors outlet online, gucci handbags, tiffany and co, christian louboutin, oakley sunglasses wholesale, ray ban sunglasses

1:17 AM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

hogan outlet, nike air force, nike huaraches, timberland pas cher, vans pas cher, louboutin pas cher, coach outlet store online, nike air max, guess pas cher, michael kors, nike tn, north face, true religion outlet, nike air max uk, nike air max uk, new balance, michael kors pas cher, nike free uk, ray ban pas cher, converse pas cher, true religion jeans, nike blazer pas cher, longchamp pas cher, burberry pas cher, hollister uk, jordan pas cher, michael kors, true religion outlet, coach purses, coach outlet, polo lacoste, nike roshe run uk, sac vanessa bruno, ralph lauren uk, north face uk, lululemon canada, nike roshe, mulberry uk, air max, true religion outlet, nike free run, abercrombie and fitch uk, sac hermes, sac longchamp pas cher, nike trainers uk, polo ralph lauren, oakley pas cher, ray ban uk, michael kors outlet, hollister pas cher

1:20 AM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

reebok outlet, chi flat iron, mcm handbags, hollister clothing, bottega veneta, lululemon, gucci, celine handbags, nike air max, insanity workout, nike air max, north face outlet, new balance shoes, asics running shoes, beats by dre, s6 case, jimmy choo outlet, iphone cases, wedding dresses, converse, ray ban, hermes belt, abercrombie and fitch, timberland boots, iphone 6 cases, valentino shoes, iphone 6s plus cases, vans outlet, iphone 6s cases, herve leger, iphone 5s cases, instyler, baseball bats, ghd hair, vans, oakley, nfl jerseys, ipad cases, soccer jerseys, p90x workout, ralph lauren, giuseppe zanotti outlet, babyliss, mac cosmetics, mont blanc pens, iphone 6 plus cases, soccer shoes, ferragamo shoes, hollister, louboutin, nike roshe run, north face outlet

1:26 AM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

moncler, moncler, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, canada goose, supra shoes, moncler, canada goose, pandora jewelry, moncler outlet, marc jacobs, karen millen uk, moncler uk, canada goose outlet, canada goose jackets, moncler, doudoune moncler, thomas sabo, montre pas cher, pandora charms, swarovski crystal, converse outlet, louis vuitton, canada goose uk, michael kors outlet, juicy couture outlet, hollister, ugg pas cher, louis vuitton, barbour uk, louis vuitton, moncler outlet, toms shoes, canada goose outlet, michael kors handbags, coach outlet, pandora uk, juicy couture outlet, replica watches, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, canada goose outlet, swarovski, doke gabbana, louis vuitton, wedding dresses, canada goose, ugg, louis vuitton, barbour, links of london, ugg uk, lancel, pandora jewelry
ninest123 11.14

1:29 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home