PSFK Conference 2015: Updates on NY’s Underground Eden
Dan Barach's project, The Lowline, continues to gather support and detail and is closer than you think
The abandoned Williamsburg Trolley Tunnel, near New York’s J/M/Z Essex Street subway station, has remained unused since 1948, when New York City’s last trolley systems were dismantled. With the success of New York’s High Line park, Dan Barasch had an idea for creating green space in New York’s increasingly crowded conditions: the Lowline.
A speaker at the PSFK CONFERENCE 2013, he made a return visit this year with updates to his increasingly imaginative proposal.
Since he last spoke with us, he’s done all kinds of collaborations with the community, including 3D designs that went on display at Mark Miller Gallery, the work of local students in the Lowline Young Designers Program (YDP). During March 22-29, the exhibit received over a thousand visitors and students learned about the particular kinds of solar energy that will power the park—and be integral to its unique look.