Based solely on the amount of money that keeps getting thrown at it, people really seem to want the Lowline to happen. And though he proposed (and, perhaps, a bit sketchy, half-baked, and not as noble as it claims to be) plan to build a subterranean park in an abandoned trolley station beneath the Lower East Side has been percolating for a long time now, there have been very few opportunities to put the novel ideas behind the project into practice. Now, that's all set to change with the opening of the "Lowline Lab," a space for the organizers to test and show off some of the technology that could, eventually, make the Lowline a reality.
The Lab will open at 140 Essex Street, the former warehouse site of Essex Market. According to Bowery Boogie, it will serve as a "diorama of sorts," with the proposed solar collection system that would allow plants to grow and thrive underground as the centerpiece of the attraction.
According to the press release, the space will feature "a series of controlled experiments in an environment mimicking the actual Lowline site," allowing the public to "see this technology up-close, interact with the experiments and get a better understanding of our vision for the Lowline and its game-changing potential for the future of public spaces."
The exhibition space will open on October 17, and will be open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6pm, through March 2016.
· The 'Lowline Lab' Opens in Dormant Essex Market Building on October 17 [Bowery Boogie]
· Digging the LowLine [Awl]
· All Lowline coverage [Curbed]