An urban oasis: Building Manhattan’s Lowline
The popularity of New York City’s High Line, the former elevated train track transformed into an urban park that has been bringing in trendy food vendors and prompting many a marriage proposal, has got supporters thinking about transforming other once neglected spaces.
One such spot is the former Williamsburg Trolley Terminal located in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Opened in 1903 as a depot for streetcars transporting passengers between Manhattan and Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the terminal closed in 1948 when streetcar service was discontinued. Today, developers and supporters are working to transform the neglected space into the “Lowline.”
The folks behind the project are hoping the Lowline will do for the Lower East Side, what the High Line has done for the West Side. Supporters say the project will serve as both an event space and a cultural destination for residents, in addition to supporting local businesses. Throughout the fall of 2012, backers have been working hard to make this a reality. Learn how you can help here.