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New York’s Lowline to become first ever underground park?


New York’s underground park, Lowline, could be built by 2018.

With inner-city space at such a premium, developers are increasingly looking for new areas to expand into – like, the ocean, for instance. Now there’s Lowline, a project hoping to build a park underground in New York City.

Lowline would be located at the former Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal in the Lower East Side of Manhattan – an area that’s not exactly known for its greenery. First though, it’ll need some sunlight, which the developers believe they can collect above ground using reflective ‘remote skylights’. These collectors would look something like a satellite dish, placed in specific locations so as to best direct the light down into the park. A more detail explanation of how it works comes via Reddit.

The developers say Lowline could provide “a beautiful respite and a cultural attraction in one of the world’s most dense, exciting urban environments” – creating a space for cultural programming, youth activities and, yes, shops.


Lowline as it looks now.

The park is expected to cost somewhere in the region of $60m, and could be completed as soon as 2018 if all goes well. Just two years ago planners raised $150,000 to create a full-scale exhibition of its solar lighting technology, and it must now negotiate with the Metropolitan Transport Authority and the City to agree how the park would be built and operated.

The Lowline website explains the planners’ vision for “not merely a new public space, but an innovative display of how technology can transform our cities in the 21st century.

“And along the way, we intend to draw the community into the design process itself, empowering a new generation of Lower East Siders to help build a new bright spot in our dense urban environment.”

For a closer look at the underground park, visit the Lowline website and watch the video below;

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