If you live in NYC, you’ve likely learned of the High Line – a 1.45 mile-long park constructed on old railroad tracks above a part of lower Manhattan. The park has been a tremendous success, so much so that two men, Dan Barasch and James Ramsey, determined to construct a kind-of sister park – just below the city.
Now called the Lowline, it intends to benefit from New York’s fresh subterranean space by transforming it into a park. The unique space they’ve in mind is an abandoned trolley terminal.
Ramsey says in a video that the layout for the Lowline came in a dream to him. The very first time he went down to see the Lowline space, it actually knocked his socks off. “It’s like only this giant, cavernous, acre-sized space that’s only sort of sitting down there.”
Nevertheless, it is no simple effort to construct an underground park. Work on the world’s first underground park has already been ongoing for five years.
The team requested permission from the city just recently to proceed with work on the ground. They are optimistic to be allowed by the city to give them the opportunity to bring this project to fruition.
The park would be the first of its type to exist on Earth, and the pair is feeling the pressure. “Nothing like this has existed before,” Ramsey said.
They created the Lowline Lab to reveal how they are able to deliver natural sunshine subterranean since they had to determine the best way to grow plants underground. They suppose it will be done through a chain of reflecting surfaces to channel the light through tubes below the ground.
If the team gets the greenlight to go ahead with this endeavor, construction could start as soon as of 2018.