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HHmm. The Lowline. I'll need to smell it before I judge. Underground NYC tends to smell like unwashed homeless people

HHmm. The Lowline. I'll need to smell it before I judge. Underground NYC tends to smell like unwashed homeless people

The setting for the 60,000-square-foot (1.5-acre) proposed park is a former trolley terminal, built in 1903 and abandoned since 1948. Many historic architectural details of the terminal remain, such as cobblestones and 20-foot-tall vaulted ceilings. Ramsey and Barasch plan to preserve these features as part of the Delancey Underground, which has also been dubbed the “LowLine”—the world’s first underground park, they claim. While it might seem like a far-out concept, the transformation of the High Line—an elevated-railway-turned-park along Manhattan’s West Side—proved that unconventional places can become successful public spaces, particularly in cramped urban environments.

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