Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Lowline coming to LES!

While taking a break from shopping all day on Manhattan's lower east side, getting a gluten free doughnut and coffee from Babycakes you may have wandered past the Essex Street Market and stumbled upon the Lowline project.  It's a one of a kind project, designed to see where we can take public spaces in the future. If you live or have ever lived in New York City you know that greenspace here is precious sure NYC boasts over 1,700 parks, playgrounds, and recreational facilities but the number of people just keeps growing here. What to do about the need to get away from what some days can be a dark and gloomy concrete jungle? After a chat with a MTA employee about how much space is actually useable underneath our fair city Dan Barasch and James Ramsey decided that an abandoned trolly car repair station in the Lower East Side would be a prefect place to test the waters for a new breed of greenspace. All of their funding was raised by a simple Kickstarter campaign, 155,187.00 to be exact most of which went into developing the technology that would make it possible to bring light underground.  Check out the photos below and video of Dan + James specking about how the project came about and what they are looking forward to achieving with it.