We’ve been reporting about the Kickstarter campaign in support of the Delancey Underground, the fascinating proposal to build a park in an abandoned trolley station on the Lower East Side. Well, last night co-visionaries Dan Barasch and James Ramsey launched the campaign, which aims to raise $100,000. The money will go towards funding a large scale demo of new technology Ramsey has developed to transport sunlight underground. You can watch their video above and visit the Kickstarter page here.
This is part of the pitch:
Now we need to build a full-scale installation– a “mini LowLine”– so people can see this with their own eyes. And we need $100,000 to build it. This tech demo will be an invaluable tool in helping convince our community, potential funders, the City, and the MTA that this idea can work. It will also help us refine the technology so we get it perfect once it’s time to build the real thing. We’re planning on installing the mockup in the Essex Street Market, an indoor public space in our neighborhood. e hope you’ll support our effort to build a new kind of park. You can visit our web site, delanceyunderground.org, for more information or to see renderings of what the park might look like. And please help us by backing our Kickstarter campaign, at whatever level you can! Thanks, and we’ll see you underground!
The Delancey Underground is also featured in today’s Wall Street Journal (paywall alert).