News: Architects Propose Converting Abandoned Station Below Delancey Street into a Public Park
The Highline won’t be the only abandoned train line converted into a city park for long. A group of architects proposed renovating a subterranean Williamsburg Trolley Terminal, located underground at the base of the Williamsburg Bridge in the Lower East Side, into a large community greenspace that’s about the same size as Gramercy Park. The architects, James Ramsey, Dan Barasch, and R. Boykin Curry IV, plan to illuminate the trolley terminal, which hasn’t been in use for 60 years, with an advanced fiber-optic lighting system that will bring natural sunlight into the dank tunnel. You might have noticed the entrance to the tunnel while looking at all the throw-ups just before you pull into the Essex St J train stop. The “Delancey Underground” project is already being referred to as the “Low Line”. But just like the Highline, I wouldn’t expect much of the graffiti to remain after the renovations.
What the terminal looks like now:
What it might look like in the future:
Text: Kellan Lee
Source: NY Observer