The project by James Rasmey, Dan Barasch and their team will stretch under the Lower East Side using an innovative technology: Remote skylights will concentrate natural sunlight at street level, and then channel it underground, generating enough light to support photosynthesis. http://thelowline.org
Indeed, the Lowline will introduce plants and trees into the historic Williamsburg Trolley Terminal, a former streetcar depot that has been untouched since 1948.
“In a neighborhood desperately lacking green space, this project has already garnered enormous grassroots support, as well as enthusiasm from around the world” Comment the LowLine team “New York Cityʼs newest park would offer new opportunities for passive recreation and cultural exhibitions, while supporting local business and underscoring the vast potential of “green” technology. More broadly, the Lowline offers a fresh solution to increasing urbanization: reclaiming and reimagining the vast spaces beneath our streets. Over the past year, the Lowline team has built a substantial platform to bring this vision to reality”.
With widespread community support and an initial business plan, the Lowline is now focused on two interconnected fronts: political approvals and fundraising. Major redevelopment is slated for the Lower East Side in the coming years, and the Lowline seeks to position itself as a partner both for the community and for New York City government, in building public green space in a neighborhood that desperately needs it. Over the next 12 months, the Lowline will redouble its political outreach, while continuing to build a community of funders and supporters.
A series of events will help grow the Lowline’s emerging status as a positive force for public space in New York City, and build the kind of cultural organization that celebrates the Lower East Side’s central and dynamic role in global culture.