“Where do you build a new green space in a crowded city like New York?” For James Ramsey, Dan Barasch, and their team at LowLine, the answer is underground.
Ramsey, dubbed “Co-Founder and Creator,” and Barasch, who boasts the title of “Co-Founder and Executive Director,” staged a successful kick-starter campaign, and have even built a full-size, working installation of the technology they plan on using to make the LowLine — the subterranean answer to the vaunted High Line — work.
But let’s back up a bit. The LowLine, as Ramsey and Barasch conceive of it, will occupy the former Williamsburg Trolley terminal, a space under Delancey Street on New York City’s Lower East Side. The terminal served as a depot for streetcars transporting passengers from Brooklyn to Manhattan’s Lower East Side from 1903 to 1948. According to Ramsey and Barasch, despite being unused for over 60 years, the station’s beautiful cobblestones, crisscrossing rail tracks, and vaulted ceilings have resisted decay and the travails of time.