Perhaps the most interesting thing about the Delancey Underground, the proposed park beneath New York's Lower East Side, is the way James Ramsey and Dan Barasch plan to light it. A system of fiber optic cables would collect sunlight above ground and funnel it down into the abandoned trolley station, providing real sunlight that would allow plants to grow.
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© Alex DaviesDespite what most people probably assume when they see the renderings we featured of the Delancey Underground, the idea is not a total pipe dream. The Kickstarter campaign James and Dan launched on March 1 reached its $100,000 goal in a matter of days and has raised more than $143,000 to date.Renderings and a 3D model of the Lowline can be seen at the Mark Miller Gallery, near the site of the proposed park, through the end of April. With the Kickstarter money, James and Dan are working on a full-scale mockup of the park in an empty warehouse, to give people an idea of what the space would really look like.It's still a long shot, but the pair is dead serious about making it happen. So far, they haven't been stopped.
Fiber Optic Technology Could Bring Sunlight to NYC's Underground Park
A technology to funnel sunlight underground is a major reason the proposed "Lowline" park is being seriously considered.