Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Manhattan's Low Line Park Gets Addtional Funding

A rendering of Delancey Underground, with sunlight streaming through remote skylights. Fiber optic technology would be used to light and power the space. An above ground collector dish would reflect and gather light, then direct it via fiber optic cable underground, where a distributor dish would spread it throughout the space. The system would transmit the wavelengths necessary for photosynthesis, enabling trees, plants and grass to grow. The project has raised $150,000. Part of the funding will be used to build a model of the park. (Rendering: Courtesy of Raad Studio)


In the 11 months since the plans for a Low Line under Delancey Street on the Lower East Side were first made public, the project has garnered a ton of press and overwhelming support from the community and city politicians, including Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Now, the project also has an additional $150,000 to its name, according to the Real Deal.

The group behind Delancey Underground said yesterday it was successful in raising $75,000 in 75 days and triggered a matching donation from an unidentified donor, Bowery Boogie reported. Part of the funding will be used to build a model of the park in the vacant Essex Street Market building south of Delancey Street, which should be open to the public by the one-year anniversary of the project’s launch last September.

The project calls for green space on two acres of Metropolitan Transportation Authority owned-space underneath Delancey Street that served as a trolley terminal 60 years ago. Bowery Boogie noted Delancey Underground is one of two major construction projects in the area, as the Seward Park redevelopment plan was just approved. [Bowery Boogie]Adam Fusfeld

Read More:

The Real Deal - August 28, 2012

Huffington Post - July 24, 2012 - By Johanna Barr

A Walk In The Park - September 18, 2011

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