The Lowline

New York, NY
A plan to transform an underground trolley station into a garden and community space—designed by you.
Developer
Community
Year-round Public events
Open Space
1 acre below ground

Final Update

Thank you.

This will be the final coUrbanize update from the Lowline for now. Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to think about your hopes for the future space, and to share them with us. We have taken all of your feedback into consideration. Much of it is included in our final report on the targeted outreach we conducted over the past 10 months. We're pleased to share that report on this page (you can find it in the 'Info' tab).

At the Lowline, community engagement work is never complete. As we work towards creating a community oriented underground public space, we will continue to think about and incorporate what you've told us.

To stay in touch with Lowline happenings, including future engagement, you can sign up for the Lowline's newsletter on our website (www.thelowline.org), or email us at community@thelowline.org.

We can't wait to stay in touch and see you at the future space.

The Votes Are In!

Attendees of Public Workshop 5 had the chance to vote for their favorite Lowline "scenarios" and favorite ideas that were embodied in each scenario.

Voting results are summarized below. Read the full analysis of Public Workshop 5 for a discussion of these findings.

Tell us what you think about the results on coUrbanize, and thanks again for your participation!


Total Votes By Scenario


Votes by Key Idea


Top Five Key Ideas

Check out the Buzz!

Let's give a shout out to Gotham Gal for its recent coverage of the Lowline's use of coUrbanize to solicit input from the community. Thanks to everyone who has participated in using coUrbanize to share your ideas. Your contribution is helping to spread the word about the Lowline.

The current round of public workshops wrapped up this past Monday, but you can continue to provide feedback through coUrbanize.

Partnerships with existing organizations will be essential for the Lowline to develop and provide programming. We know the Lower East Side is full of organizations doing interesting things. Do you know of a dance company looking that might give community lessons in exchange for performance space? Or a youth organization who might be interested in developing educational activities with the Lowline? Share your suggestions!

Join us June 12 to See What We've Heard from You!

Have a Lowline idea on the go? Text us!

We just launched an exciting new way to get your input on the Lowline! Look for 10 different signs like these posted (above ground) around the Lower East Side. You can text the numbers with ideas about activities, culture, and whatever you think would make the Lowline awesome.

Your texts will post in real time to our Comments Section and help shape the Lowline vision. So go ahead. What would inspire you to visit the Lowline all the time? We want to hear from you!

Let's get specific!

At this point in the vision process for the Lowline, we’re honing in on two topics: activities and arts & culture. We’ve added new feature questions in the comments section. Even if you’ve already commented, we’d love to hear from you again.

Scroll through the feature questions carousel and let us know what you think!

Fill in the Blanks!

Thanks, Amy!

You can share your thoughts also! Go to the comments section and fill in the blanks: I'm going to bring _______________ to the Lowline. We're going to _______________ .


A Zipline? Fencing Tournaments? Movie Nights?

What kinds of recreational activities should be available at the Lowline? What age groups would these activities be aimed at?

Below are some of the suggestions for recreational programming made by attendees at Public Workshop 3 on March 27. Love 'em? Hate 'em? Join the conversation on coUrbanize and tell us what you think!

What Would You Do at the Lowline?

Think of a one acre space underground. Say there are some plants, but a lot of the space is flexible - you could do whatever you want. Eat. Dance. Play. Learn. Create. Rest. What came to mind? Tell us in the comments!

Lowline Science and Sustainability Fair


Let's Get Down to Details: Topical Workshop, 3/27

Hi Lowline followers - it's time for Public Workshop #3! The first two workshops collected your general ideas, and now we want to talk about specifics - namely, programming.

What's programming, you say? Basically, how the space will be used, and what kinds of events you'd attend and activities you'd do there.

Join us on Monday, March 27th, 6:30 PM at New Design High School (350 Grand Street).

We'll see you there!

All Ages Offered Ideas at Public Workshop #2


Thanks to all those who attended Public Workshop #2 late last week. We heard from people of all different ages and languages about what kind of design and programming they want to see at the future Lowline. Summary of the event will be up soon!

Couldn't attend on March 2? No worries! We've got more coming up. Public Workshop #3 is happening in a few weeks on the evening of March 27, 2017 at the New Design High School (350 Grand Street).

Let's Hear Your Feedback - Tomorrow!

Final call for the Lowline's next Public Workshop! We want to hear about your ideas for this unique underground space - what would you do there? Who would you bring? What wouldn't be allowed?

Come tell us tomorrow at this free public event with food and a hands on activity.

Where: Grand Street Settlement, 80 Pitt Street (at Rivington Street)

When: Thursday, March 2, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Who: Everyone is welcome!



Who Would You Take to the Lowline?

Imagine this...there’s a new one-acre public space in the Lower East Side. It’s underground, but could have natural lighting from innovative solar technology. This space could have plants, a lawn to lounge in, a roller rink, art education space... the possibilities are endless.

Who would you take to this space? Your best friend, your kids, your grandmother, your dog?

Bring that person* to the next Lowline Public Workshop, and tell us what you want the Lowline to be!

Where: Grand Street Settlement, 80 Pitt Street (at Rivington Street)

When: Thursday, March 2, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Who: Everyone* is welcome!

*Humans only, please. We love our four-legged friends, but this workshop is probably not the best place to bring them!

Mark Your Calendar! Public Workshop #2 on 3/2/2017

The Lowline is hosting its second Public Workshop on Thursday, March 2. If you couldn’t make it to Public Workshop 1, here’s another chance for you to shape the future Lowline.

We will do an activity using 3-D maps of the Lowline to gather ideas about programming, design, and governance of the Lowline.

Where: Grand Street Settlement, 80 Pitt Street (at Rivington Street)

When: Thursday, March 2, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Who: Everyone is welcome!

By the way, you can read about the ideas and concerns people had at the last Public Workshop here.

Find Out What Happened at Public Workshop #1

Want to know what was discussed at the Lowline’s first Public Workshop – what concerns people had and what features they want to see?

Read a summary and analysis of the workshop here.

Do you support any of the suggestions workshop participants made or have other ideas for the Lowline? Tell us what you think on coUrbanize!

Thanks again to everyone who has taken the time to share your thoughts! We want to make the Lowline an innovative space that reflects the needs and desires of the community.

A Lot of Voices Heard at Public Workshop #1

We were delighted to host about 70 people at the Lowline’s first Public Workshop where we heard ideas about the Lowline and how this new public space can serve the needs of the community. There were great discussions about a desire for the Lowline to have a local focus, host arts programming, have recreation opportunities, and provide green space for all ages.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the Lowline Public Workshop #1 a success! The Lowline is committed to gathering ideas from all members of the Lower East Side community.

Couldn’t make it on January 25? Join us for another Public Workshop:

March 2 at 6:30 PM at Grand Street Settlement (80 Pitt Street)

Public Workshop #1 Tomorrow!

Join the Lowline tomorrow for Public Workshop #1 - an input session to hear from residents, businesses, and organizations in Community District 3 about Lowline programming, design, and governance.

  • Everyone is welcome!
  • Dinner will be provided
  • January 25 at 6:30 pm
  • 82 Rutgers Slip, 2nd Floor
  • Brief presentation, and then open discussion through a hands-on activity
  • Translation provided into Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin


Please send any questions via coUrbanize - otherwise, we hope to see you there!

Public Workshop #1

The Lowline is hosting its first public workshop to gather input from residents, businesses, and organizations in Community District 3 about Lowline programming, design, and governance. Everyone is welcome. The workshop is free and dinner will be served. 

Help shape this new space in your backyard so that you can use it in the years to come. 

Join us for an interactive session with a brief presentation, open discussion, and a hands-on activity. 

When: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Where: Goldie Chu Community Room at Two Bridges Tower, 82 Rutgers Slip (between Cherry and South Streets)

Welcome to the Lowline's project page!

Thank you for visiting our new project page. We're using this platform to help you follow and participate in the Lowline's community engagement process and keep you updated about the latest activities and events.

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