The Delancey Underground continues to win the hearts of local community groups. Last night the Land Use Zoning, Public & Private Housing Committee of Manhattan's Community Board 3 voted to support Team Low Line, who hopes to build an underground park in an abandoned trolley terminal beneath Delancey and Essex Streets. Low Line co-founder Daniel Barasch presented the committee with an update on the project's community outreach and progress, outlining the many neighborhood groups and officials who have pledged their support. These include the Seward Park Co-op, Hillman Housing Corporation, the Tenement Museum, Mark Miller Gallery, the LES Girls Club, Council member Margaret Chin, Hester Street Collaborative, and the Seward Park Extension. They've also consulted all the main political players in the neighborhood, and they are planning a big demonstration project for September to share their research and outline a more formal plan for moving forward.
A couple committee members voiced concern that the Low Line might "stratify the neighborhood more than it is already stratified" and that it might compete with other struggling parks for resources, but overall, the Low Line and its creators are wholeheartedly supported by CB3. Committee chair David McWater summed it up saying, "In the end, there's not someone else who is going to step forward. It's either support these guys or let the MTA make another one of their great decisions."
· Low Line/Delancey Underground [Curbed]
· Delancey Underground [official site]