Lowline’s Kickstarter Raises $223,506 For Essex Market Lab

Lowline Raises $150,000; $50,000 to Go in Next Two Days

Lowline Launches $200,000 Kickstarter For Tech Lab in Former Essex Market Building

Lowline Debuts This Year’s “Young Designers” Exhibit, Continues Quest For City Approval

Lowline Young Designers’ Exhibit Opens March 22

Op/Ed: Is the Lowline a “Community-Driven Park” or a Trojan Horse?

Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen Gives Lowline a Vote of Confidence

Want to Party with the Lowline? Here’s a Discount Offer For Next Month’s Anti-Gala After Party

Lowline Update: Tech Lab Receives City Funding, Young Designers Show Off Ideas

Tech Day at the Lowline’s Young Designers Workshop This Weekend

Lowline Young Designers Project Debuts on Orchard Street

The Lowline Anti-Gala at the Angel Orensanz Center

The spectacular Angel Orensanz Center was the setting for last night’s Lowline “anti-gala.”

Elected Officials Advocate For Transfer of “Lowline” Site

Architectural rendering courtesy: RAAD Studio/James Ramsey.

Architectural rendering courtesy: RAAD Studio/James Ramsey.

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard an update about the Lowline, the proposal to build an innovative park and events space below Delancey Street.  Today there’s word of a new effort to move the project through the bureaucratic maze that is city and state government.

LowLine Team Returns to CB3, Addresses Gentrification, Funding Questions

It has been well over a year since the team behind the LowLine, the proposed public green space beneath Delancey Street, went public.  In that time, they have held countless informational sessions and fundraisers, met one-on-one with many groups, staged a high profile demonstration project in the Essex Street Market and generated a huge amount of media coverage.  But in spite of these efforts, co-creators Dan Barasch and James Ramsey know there’s a long road ahead if they are to succeed in transforming an abandoned rail station.  City and state officials in a position to move the project from the “cool idea” to “real-life project” phase have yet to come on board.  Even within the Lower East Side community, where the LowLine has been met with a lot of enthusiasm, Barasch and Ramsey have some work to do. It’s in this spirit, that they’ll be appearing tonight before Community Board 3’s land use committee.

In the past several weeks, they have been circulating a “preliminary vision and planning study,” detailing how the underground facility might be used, how it would be financed and what the impact could potentially be on the surrounding area.  This evening they’ll share some of the study’s fine points with CB3, which voted last June to “officially support” the LowLine project.   It would be an overstatement to say opposition to the Delancey Underground concept is now emerging, but in a community board meeting late last year, there were signs of new skepticism from some land use committee members.  Since that meeting, various activists have hinted that they’re concerned about the potential of the LowLine to be an agent of gentrification. Recently, we sat down with Barasch to talk about that specific issue.

A New Life For the Lowline Tree in M’Finda Kalunga Garden

Photo: The Lo-Down.

The centerpiece of the recently-concluded Lowline exhibition in the Essex Street Market, a Japanese maple, has a new home. On Friday, it was moved over to the M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Click through for a few more shots of the journey across the neighborhood.  You can visit the garden on Thursdays between 5-7 p.m. and weekends noon-4 p.m.