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City to begin accepting “expressions of interest” for Lowline

The EDC is looking for creative ideas for city’s first underground park

November 22, 2015 12:29PM

Rendering of the Lowline on the Lower East Side (credit: Raad Studio)

Rendering of the Lowline on the Lower East Side (credit: Raad Studio)

The Lowline may become a reality sooner than expected. The city has announced that it will consider proposals for the 60,000-square-foot former trolley terminal beneath Delancey Street.

Tomorrow, the Economic Development Corp will put out a “Request for Expressions of Interest” for the Lowline space, according to the Lo-Down. EDC officials plan to brief members of Community Board 3 about the RFEI next month.


The EDC told the Lo-Down that the city is looking for “creative responses to activate the space.”

Architect James Ramsey first conceived of transforming the Essex Street Trolley Terminal into a stunning underground park back in 2009. He even developed sunlight-channeling technology to allow plants to flourish underground.

Jennifer Blumin and James Ramsey

Jennifer Blumin and James Ramsey

For even more inventiveness, check out the Tribeca home of Ramsey and Jennifer Blumin here. It has an impressive scrimshaw collections and a whale skeleton! [Lo-Down]Christopher Cameron