A Decade Later, the Lowline is Stopped in its Tracks

Posted February 19, 2020 at 5:00 am

More than a decade after its conception, the ambitious Lowline project is kaput. Stopped in its tracks due to financial constraints, Crain’s reports. The founders of the $83 million subterranean park – Dan Barasch and James Ramsey – announced this week that the project is no longer viable. That despite years of neighborhood outreach, appearances […]

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On 10th Anniversary of its Conception, $83M Lowline Still Years Away

Posted April 9, 2019 at 5:04 am

The Lowline subterranean park concept this year celebrates a decade on the boards. A decade of proposals, blueprints, and bureaucratic red tape. Any news of its progress since the 2016 Lowline Lab concept on Essex Street has been silent, to say the least. Lost in a sea of completing local headlines about Essex Crossing. The […]

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Lowline Co-founder’s Ex and Children Aboard Missing Plane in Bermuda Triangle

Posted May 18, 2017 at 9:39 am

Tragedy struck the city design community on Monday when local Tribeca event space designer, Jennifer Blumin, her two small kids, and boyfriend-pilot disappeared on a private jet flying through the Bermuda Triangle. Blumin, 40, and her two sons, aged 3 and 4, as well as New Hampshire resident Nathan Ulrich, 52, were identified by the Coast […]


Essex Crossing Files Plans for Affordable Senior Building at Lowline Lab Site

Posted March 2, 2017 at 5:00 am

The second phase of Essex Crossing is nigh. This past Tuesday, two days after the Lowline Lab ended its life-size diorama at 140 Essex Street, developer Beyer Blinder Belle filed paperwork for the newest development. After all, this seventy-seven-year-old warehouse building is designated as Site 8 of the overall mega-project. (Beyer Blinder Belle is also […]

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Essex Crossing Spells the End for Lowline Lab After Just over a Year

Posted February 22, 2017 at 5:16 am

The Lowline Lab, essentially an advertisement for the proposed underground park of same, is on its way out. Last day hyping the project is this Sunday (February 26). The experimental space at 140 Essex Street, situated at SPURA Site 8, lasted a year longer than initially planned and attracted more than 100,000 tourists. Lowline Lab only projected […]

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11 Things You Need to Know about the Lowline’s $83M Underground Park

Posted September 23, 2016 at 9:28 am

City officials announced their full support of the $83 million Lowline project back in July, some five years after its conception. The backing came as the bureacracy created a dog-and-pony show to try and elicit proposals for the 60,000 square-foot vacant trolley terminal beneath Delancey Street. The Lowline was the only proposal (naturally), and now […]

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The Lowline Just Cleared a Major Hurdle Toward Opening in 4 Years, but Not Everyone is Thrilled About it

Posted July 14, 2016 at 5:00 am

City officials yesterday evening announced their full support of the $90 million Lowline project, some five years after its conception. As previously reported, the proposed tech-savvy park will reside in the old trolley terminal beneath Delancey Street (and visible in the Essex Street subway station). The announcement came during the Community Board 3 meeting meant to address […]

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Winter DayLife with Essex Street Market Draws Huge Crowds to Lowline Lab

Posted February 22, 2016 at 10:20 am

DayLife returned with a winter edition yesterday. Indoors at the Lowline Lab prototype park, it was the second such pairing in recent years and featured various vendors from the nearby Essex Street Market. And apparently it was the place to be. The lines queued early, and snaked around the block to Rivington and Norfolk for the […]

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CB3 Remains Skeptical Over EDC Selection Process for Lowline Site

Posted January 14, 2016 at 5:18 am

It’s clear that Community Board 3 is not too keen on the Lowline anymore. One need only observe the current process to procure design ideas via an official “Request for Expression of Interest” by the Economic Development Corporation for the 60,000 square-foot abandoned trolley terminal. Despite previous endorsements, the advisory body does not like the […]

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Deadline for Creative Submissions for Delancey Trolley Terminal Extended by a Month

Posted December 14, 2015 at 10:22 am

Backlash to the decision by the Economic Development Corp. to release its “Request for Expression of Interest” (RFEI) for the abandoned Delancey Street trolley terminal was quick and biting. The measure – a preliminary sourcing stage before any request for proposals – appeared before the Land-use subcommittee of Community Board 3 and was roundly rejected; […]

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