New York City has very little space to spare, especially for public parks with big developments the likely victor in any bid for land. But what about underground? A campaign called the Lowline is currently underway with the purpose of repurposing a neglected underground space in the Lower East Side.
The project hopes to use a space extending from Sussex to Clinton streets. The former Williamsburg trolley station, which hasn’t been used since 1948, could see a new life of public good realised some time after 2018 if all goes to plan.
How will a park survive beneath the earth? Good question. Using fibre optic technology, light would be redirected underground from the surface via parabollic collecter and then redistributed by a dish to the sun hungry plants. Artificial light would then supplement this light on cloudy days and at night.
The photosynthetic process imperative to plant survival would be sustained through this new technology that was exhibited by the Lowline team in 2012 at an abandoned warehouse. “Imagining the Lowline” was a successful example of the possibilities of the tech and has since garnered public and corporate support.
Now in talks to finalise with the MTA and the City authorities to build the futuristic garden, the only barriers that follow will be fundraising and construction (the two biggest deterrents, of course). That said, the incredible park would be a breath of fresh air for this area of New York, which currently has very little greenery amongst it’s skyscrapings.