And now for something completely different… simply by proposing a new park, three New York entrepreneurs have made waves among Manhattanites, urban planners and architecture nerds. The reason: their want to put the park completely underground, in a defunct trolley station on the Lower East Side, which looks like this:
The project, which has been nicknamed “The Low Line” after the successful High Line park on a former elevated track in Chelsea, seems farfetched to me. We here at Urban Plant Research have seen – and even filmed – many plants thriving several feet below street level, but an entire park completely underground?
I am dubious, despite their grand plans for importing all the sunlight from above ground via fiber optics. I have my doubts whether plants or people can be happy in a completely subturranean environment, even if these renderings from the architects make both trees and humans look remarkably cheerful:
I must admit, however, that the renderings are stunning. So far, though, it’s just a pipe dream. Should this dream come true? Let us know what you think!