Delancey Underground’s New Kickstarter Goal: $300,000

LowLine Kickstarter Update from Dan & James from Delancey Underground on Vimeo.

There’s news from Delancey Underground founders Dan Barasch and James Ramsey this morning. As we’ve been reporting, they have already surpassed the goal of raising $100,000 on Kickstarter. As of today, more than 2500 backers have contributed $134,534 to fund a large-scale demo in September. Now they’ve upped the goal to $300,000, as the new video posted above indicates, to pay for four engineering studies of the abandoned trolley station where they hope to build the park.

Delancey Underground Plans Kickstarter Campaign; Tenement Museum Event Scheduled February 16

Architectural rendering courtesy: RAAD Studio/James Ramsey.

The Delancey Underground, that intriguing proposal to build a park in an abandoned trolley station, hasn’t exactly kept a low profile since its unveiling last fall. But in the coming weeks you’re going to be hearing a lot more from co-founders Dan Barasch and James Ramsey about their drive to build public support and to raise money for the ambitious project.

As Curbed reported yesterday, they’ll soon launch a Kickstarter campaign to fund a large-scale demonstration of the “sunlight irrigation system” Ramsey is designing to transmit natural light into the subterranean space.

Yesterday we checked in with Barasch, who told us he hopes the fundraising effort will have a true grass roots spirit. The Delancey Underground team has placed a high priority on community engagement and is very focused on winning the support of all kinds of neighborhood organizations as well as individuals from all walks of life. You can see the growing list of supporters on their web site. Among the high profile backers: Morris Vogel, president of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.