The Lowline,
Lower East side, NYC



Ok so everyone knows about The Highline, but did you know there is a new underground park called The Lowline?


The Lowline is projected to be a 1 acre underground park in the old Williamsburg Trolley Terminal below Delancy Street on the lower East Side. 

Apparently it still retains some cool historic attributes like the rails, the cobbles, and the giant vaulted ceilings.

The Solar Technology has been conceptualized and designed by James Ramsey of Raad Studio with the creation  of a “remote skylight.” and would transmit the necessary wavelengths of light to support photosynthesis, enabling plants and trees to grow. During periods of sunlight, electricity would not be necessary to light the space. In 2012, the Lowline team built a full scale prototype of the technology in an abandoned warehouse on the Lower East Side as proof that the concept actually works. It attracted thousands.

The Vision

The big idea is to create more of green space, which is needed in NYC and create a new kind of public space— one that highlights the historic elements of a former trolley terminal while introducing cutting-edge solar technology and design, enabling plants and trees to grow underground. A protoype for cities worldwide.

To explore their vision they commissioned a preliminary planning study with Arup, the global engineering firm, which concluded that the Lowline was not only feasible, but would also vastly improve the local economy and the adjacent transit hub. Once built, the Lowline would be a dynamic cultural space, featuring a diversity of community programming and youth activities, just as the Highline has for lower Manhattan.

Expected to be completed in 2021, this park will potentially serve as a display of how technology can transform our cities in the 21st century and 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.