This past weekend the Lowline project premiered an exhibition to promote a proposed underground park on the Lower East Side. On Sunday, the second day of the exhibit, the Lower East Side BID collaborated with the Lowline to bring several Lower East Side food vendors to the Essex Street warehouse, housing this unique project. Tracing the spirit of artistic and cultural fusion that so well describes this neighborhood, visitors were able to get a sense of the innovative technology and its aesthetics.
The Lowline project is trying to revive an abandoned trolley terminal located under the Williamsburg bridge and transform it into an underground park. The exhibit shows the projected outlook for the park, craftily illustrating how the space can be revived and turned into a public space for the community. There is an obvious lack of green space on the Lower East Side, as well as lack of public space where families can gather, hence the public approval that the project has certainly been gathering. Pending financial support as well as the approval of public officials, the reconstruction can begin. You can find out more about the effort behind this project here.
The exhibit is coexisting with a video art project - Experiments in Motion, which visualizes different forms of urban motion and space.
There is also a full-scaled recreation of a portion of the park, constructed to show how the underground space could really feel like. A roof structure is gathering sunlight and shooting it down into a space where it spreads over a mossy hill. [Pictured below]
The Lower East Side BID’s Daylife project (a recurring event, aimed to transform Orchard Street into an ‘urban backyard’) visited the exhibit this weekend, bringing some of the LES’ best food vendors to the Essex Street warehouse on Sunday Sept 16th. Another round of food vendors (Lost Weekend, Meatball Shop, Melt Bakery, Tache Artisan Chocolate, Pop Karma) will be on site at the warehouse on Sunday Sept 23rd, as a preview for the LES BID’s Daylife block party, happening on Sept 30th on Orchard St (between Delancey and Houston Streets).
You can visit the Lowline exhibit in the warehouse on the corner of Essex and Delancey Streets (entrance on Broome St) until September 27th. It is open to the public between 12-6pm.