According to a two-year study from the Department of Transportation and the Design Trust for Public Space, there exists almost 700 miles of unused public space in New York City, under bridges and on abandoned elevated train tracks, highways, and railways. "Under the Elevated is the first study to look at reimagining the often dark and underutilized spaces beneath our city's subway lines, highways and bridges as safe and attractive public gathering places" said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. "We believe this comprehensive study, coupled with DOT's new design toolkit, are important steps towards reclaiming this space for the public and reconnecting neighborhoods throughout New York." The city plans to use to the data to push for small public parks, pedestrian plazas, skateparks, marketplaces, etc.
· Searching for the next High Line, city identifies 700 miles of unused space [Crain's]
· Envisioning a New Purpose for the Space Beneath NYC's Elevated Structures [Streetsblog]
· Planners see new opportunity in old elevated infrastructure [Capital]
· Under the Elevated [DTPS]