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Lowline raises cash through Kickstarter

Over 2,500 donate to proposed LES underground park
July 10, 2015 01:15PM

The proposed Lowline underground park raised almost $224,000 through its latest Kickstarter campaign, making it “the most funded Public Art project” on the popular crowdfunding platform to date.

More than 2,500 people donated to the campaign, which set a goal of raising $200,000. The funds will help the team behind the Lowline create a larger, upgraded laboratory to test the project’s solar technology, which would allow plants to grow in an abandoned trolley terminal on the Lower East Side.

Lowline co-founders James Ramsey and Dan Barasch, who first introduced the project in 2011, want to repurpose the old Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal under Delancey Street into a public green space, according to Curbed.

Ramsey and Barasch previously sought to tie the Lowline to the city’s Seward Park redevelopment, and the estimates had the project boosting land values on the Lower East Side by up to $20 million. [Curbed]Rey Mashayekhi