Skip to comments.Imagine An Underground Park In NYC? It Could Become Reality
Posted on 11/22/2011 6:36:09 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) When most people think of the New York City underground, the subway, rats and bad lighting are among the first things that come to mind.
But, how about beautiful spaces with natural sunlight, grass, trees and remarkably good-looking people relaxing in a park-like setting? Well, thats exactly what pops into the heads of architect James Ramsey and his partner Dan Barasch. The pair want to turn the rundown, graffiti-covered trolley terminal under Delancey Street into an underground park, reports CBS 2′s Don Dahler.
Its part historical rediscovery of an amazing space; its part science-fiction. And I think its part just sort of a green, magical community renewal, Ramsey said.
This is a space that could be used on a day like this thats rainy and cold and grey. And it could be used in winter and it could be used when its freezing outside, Barasch added.
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Could we put all the OWSers in it and then fill it in?
It better have good ventilation for when the fleabaggers move in. Going to need LOTS of toilets too! Those fleabaggers are full of ...
Great ideas come from great minds ... ROFLMAO!
Reminds me of “City of Ember”.
LOL - Washingtonians remember “Dupont Underground” that was meant to revitalize an old streetcar tunnel under Dupont Circle. It failed miserably over a decade ago. Yet plans are being floated for something like this once again. These underground spots hold some sort of fascination for urban planners.
“it’ll be filled with derelicts, prostitutes and junkies in the first 24ours...”
to be fair thats just the politicians and other public officials. they’ll leave after the media and free food is gone.
Underground park built using federal tax dollars.
I remember in 1993 the ‘Atlanta Underground’ was bustling and thriving. Now, it’s a DUMP and hardly customed. Sad, really.
That underground area isn’t really shut off from the public, I remember tramping through it as a kid with some family friends who lived a few blocks north of it. Definitely cooler than the swingsets at PS142. It’s at the same level as the Essex St station, just jump off the platform and walk right into the area.
I think that underground space is part of a “legally operating” urban spelunkers tour too...
I think I saw this on “Beneath the Planet of The Apes.” The mutants had the run of the place, kind of like today.
LOL - thanks, but in my case the appropriate cliche is probably: “even a blind pig finds a acorn now and then...”
Just mailed cripplecreek about this article and he routed me here (thanks CC). From a quick search it’s obvious the architects are heavily involved in sustainable development. Makes one wonder who’s ponying up the cash......
How about if we skip having any of those things, and install bank vault doors instead?
Where are they getting the money for this?
NYC, and “remarkably good-looking people” are not compatible. It has been accrately described as a city of strange, grey people, hardly connected with the rest of the US.
Was this terminal part of the collapse of Delancey St. due to the gas explosion back in the late 60’s?
I have always been fascinated with the idea of living/being underground. I don't know how feasible it is but people who lived out in the plains use to have underground homes. Of course this has become much more inviting since technology for light to get in has come of age.
The personalities are up for debate but there is no lack of eye candy here. The only place in the US I've seen more is Miami Beach.
I was intrigued by the question, that was before my time so I asked around today, no one remembered it off hand.
Beyond the abandoned trolley station itself the subway still runs under part of Delancey, IDK if it was part of the station or tubes.
Wasn’t able to find much on the WWW about it. The New Yorker has this before its paywall.
Also there is this on the top left of the front page, but you’ll have to play with the PDF controls to read it
The New Yorker article mentions the (suposedly unknown) tunnel with tracks that gas was said to have accumulated in.
I lived on Cherry between Market and the bridge at the time. Was taking the subway to Queens that evening, but got forced off at Delancey. There were cops and fire there and the only indication of a problem was a small flame from a manhole cover at Allen and Delancey. Later, everything went up.
If Rattner’s is still on Delancey, someone in there might remember it.
Morlocks need love too!
Delancey St. was already a hole when I lived downtown in the late 60’s....wouldn’t think they’d want another ;)
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