New York is known for its super tall buildings, busy life, and incredible parks. But what New York City is doing now is absolutely incredible. It has immediately jumped to the top of my list of places to visit.
It all started with an old train station. This train station is 116 years old.
The area, with ceilings 20 feet high, extends three blocks east from Essex Street to Clinton Street and was used until 1948 as a station and balloon loop for streetcars crossing the Williamsburg Bridge to and from Brooklyn.
Natural light will be directed below ground using fiber optics—called “remote skylights” to provide an area in which trees and grass will be grown beneath the city street
The idea is to create the first, living, underground park.
This is how it is designed to work.
Although the majority of the lighting would be coming from above ground, there would be artificial lighting at night and when the sun is obscured by clouds.
This amazing and unique project has been endorsed by politicians and local organizations across the city.
If everything goes according to plan, the new park will be open for the public in 2018.
And the public is absolutely thrilled about the new park.
In September, the team built a full-scale of the new underground technology in an abandoned warehouse in the Lower East Side, for the “Imagining the Lowline” exhibit
And it was a packed house, people are fascinated with the idea.
What an incredible concept to have a new park in such a busy city. I am sure it will be a huge attraction to locals and tourists too. NYC is out of room to build new parks so this idea should start spreading across the world in overly crowded cities. What are your thoughts?