Talk: Beyond the High Line: Transforming the Lowline

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Monday, September 10, 2012 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Talk: Beyond the High Line: Transforming the Lowline

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Hear plans to turn an abandoned trolley tunnel in Manhattan into the world’s first underground park.

Currently a 1.5-acre disused trolley terminal, the unique space was built in 1903 to allow trolleys using the Williamsburg Bridge to turn around, and hasn’t been used since 1948. The Lower East Side is a neighborhood underserved by parkland, and plans for this space include developing a new technology using fiber optics to re-direct sunlight below ground.

Dan Barasch and James Ramsey, the Co-Founders of the Lowline, will give a presentation detailing the history of the space, its current status, and their vision to redevelop it as the world’s first underground park.

LOCATION 14th Street Passage On the High Line at West 14th Street

This High Line Program is free and open to visitors of all ages. No RSVP required. A reception with the speakers will follow the presentation.

Enjoy a snack or meal while you’re visiting the High Line. There are tacos, hot dogs, gelato, and more from our food vendors, which are open daily on the High Line at West 16th Street Learn more.

ABOUT DAN BARASCH Dan Barasch is Co-Founder of the Lowline. He formerly led partnerships at PopTech, an NGO focused on promoting socially innovative applications of technology. Dan previously worked within New York City government, as well as at Google, UNICEF, the 9/11 Survivors' Fund, and the World Affairs Council.

ABOUT JAMES RAMSEY James Ramsey is Creator and Co-Founder of the Lowline and the related solar technology. He is the owner and founder of RAAD Studio, a design practice based in Manhattan. James is also a former engineer for NASA, where he focused on satellite technologies.

SUPPORT Beyond the High Line is presented by Friends of the High Line in partnership with the Rails to Trails Conservancy and the Trust for Public Land. This program is made possible by the New York Community Trust—LuEsther T. Mertz Advised Fund and Greenacre Foundation. Media sponsorship is provided by Curbed.
A rendering of the Lowline, a proposed underground park on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Image by Raad Studio