The Lowline: One Step Closer to Reality

July 19, 2016/ by Olivia Ramirez

You might have heard the rumors about “The Lowline“, an underground park tentatively planting its roots along an old abandoned trolley line just steps away from The Yard: LES.

An underground park in NYC? Cool, nothing phases us New Yorkers anymore! The question is, when will this innovative playground finally be complete?

The Lowline Gets Real With the Lower East Side

There’s good news. The Lowline is one step closer to developing full steam ahead. According to gizmag, the 60,000 sq. ft. underground park has been approved by officials- officially. What that means exactly, we don’t really know.

In the meantime, you can visit the Lowline Lab, an exhibit before the exhibit, designed to test and showcase how The Lowline will grow and sustain plants underground. The lab is open 11am-5pm daily and gives the public an early opportunity to experience the magic of The Lowline before its grand opening. There’s a host of speakers and events, so be sure to check out the schedule and carve some time out of your weekly routine.

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Delancey Street. Home to The Yard: LES, and future home of The Lowline


A Prime Location for Coworkers at The Yard: LES

When complete, The Lowline will transform and reinvent an old trolley terminal that has resided idly beneath Delancey Street for decades. The trolley functioned in 1908 as the transportation service for bringing inhabitants of the Lower East Side across the Williamsburg Bridge. The Williamsburg Trolley was then abandoned in the 1920s when buses, highways and subway trains came into play. It’s been quite a while since New Yorkers have encountered this underground space. It’s about to get a lot more foot traffic.

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The abandoned Williamsburg Trolley Terminal in 2012

Shared Space for an Innovative Future

The advancements that continue to hit this city are nothing short of awe-inspiring. It’s an incredible feat that New Yorkers will soon be able to step underground to experience a lush, solar-powered park year-round. Here’s to hoping that the need for more greenery in this city continues to spread fervently, weaving its way back in between our coveted skyscrapers- and the abandoned industries of New York City’s historic past.