Visitors around the world are attracted to New York City’s High Line, an abandoned elevated railroad track now turned into a public park. A team of engineers and entrepreneurs inspired by this project are working to reclaim an abandoned one-acre trolley terminal located in the Lower East side of Manhattan, to give New Yorkers a stunning underground park equipped with beautiful flowers, lush green grass and trees that would capture sunlight and redistribute it underground.
The project dubbed “Lowline”, uses innovative solar technology to create a kind of remote skylight. In this process, sunlight travels through a glass shield above the street level reflective parabolas and is distributed throughout the underground park.
The light would be used to support photosynthesis, helping plants and trees to grow underground and create a subterranean, urban oasis in a city by creating more of the green space we all need. The park would also host art exhibits, music performances, readings and children’s activities.
The project would transform former Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal, below Delancey Street located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan which opened in 1908 for trolley passengers, but has been left abandoned since 1948 when the trolley was discontinued.
The Researchers note that despite nearly six decades of unused, the space still retains some incredible remains like remnant cobblestones, rail tracks and vaulted ceilings. The project leaders- New York residents who’ve worked or lived in the area claim that they’re not destroying the legacy of Orchard, Delancey and Rivington streets, the former homes of newly arriving Italian, Irirsh and German families, instead, they’re taking over a space adjacent to a densely populated neighborhood which lacks green space for public good.
Designed by James Ramsey of Raad Studio, the underground park project would cost about $60 million; it is launched as Kickstarter campaign that has so far raised over $155,000 from 3,300 backers. The Lowline would be ready by 2018 for all to enjoy.