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Imagine An Underground Park In NYC? It Could Become Reality
CBS New York ^ | Nov. 22, 2011

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, that’s 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.

“It’s part historical rediscovery of an amazing space; it’s part science-fiction. And I think it’s part just sort of a green, magical community renewal,” Ramsey said.

“This is a space that could be used on a day like this that’s rainy and cold and grey. And it could be used in winter and it could be used when it’s freezing outside,” Barasch added.

(Excerpt) Read more at newyork.cbslocal.com ...


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1 posted on 11/22/2011 6:36:12 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Could we put all the OWSers in it and then fill it in?


2 posted on 11/22/2011 6:38:18 PM PST by 70times7 (Serving Free Republics' warped and obscure humor needs since 1999!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It better have good ventilation for when the fleabaggers move in. Going to need LOTS of toilets too! Those fleabaggers are full of ...


3 posted on 11/22/2011 6:42:54 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Stop BIG Government Greed Now!!!!)
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To: 70times7

Great ideas come from great minds ... ROFLMAO!


4 posted on 11/22/2011 6:43:41 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Reminds me of “City of Ember”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkSFsbv6eUg


5 posted on 11/22/2011 6:46:16 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (A MUST WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KeOLurcQaqI)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
it'll be filled with derelicts, prostitutes and junkies in the first 24ours...
6 posted on 11/22/2011 6:48:53 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

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.


7 posted on 11/22/2011 6:50:09 PM PST by rockvillem
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To: Chode

“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.


8 posted on 11/22/2011 6:50:19 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Underground park built using federal tax dollars.


9 posted on 11/22/2011 6:50:53 PM PST by JimWayne
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To: rockvillem

I remember in 1993 the ‘Atlanta Underground’ was bustling and thriving. Now, it’s a DUMP and hardly customed. Sad, really.


10 posted on 11/22/2011 6:52:26 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (A MUST WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KeOLurcQaqI)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

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...
http://www.columbia.edu/~brennan/abandoned/willb.html

http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/stations?192:3235

http://spelunknyc.com/spelunkin.htm


11 posted on 11/22/2011 6:54:21 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: driftdiver
LOL... ain't that the truth
12 posted on 11/22/2011 6:55:29 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I think I saw this on “Beneath the Planet of The Apes.” The mutants had the run of the place, kind of like today.


13 posted on 11/22/2011 6:59:56 PM PST by gusty
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Amanita muscaria and various psylocibes would be planted immediately as staples.
14 posted on 11/22/2011 7:03:21 PM PST by allmost
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To: doc1019

LOL - thanks, but in my case the appropriate cliche is probably: “even a blind pig finds a acorn now and then...”


15 posted on 11/22/2011 7:04:35 PM PST by 70times7 (Serving Free Republics' warped and obscure humor needs since 1999!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

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......


16 posted on 11/22/2011 7:09:32 PM PST by wheresmyusa (FTUN)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
It better have good ventilation for when the fleabaggers move in. Going to need LOTS of toilets too! Those fleabaggers are full of ...

How about if we skip having any of those things, and install bank vault doors instead?

17 posted on 11/22/2011 7:14:46 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

C.H.U.D.


18 posted on 11/22/2011 7:20:36 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Where are they getting the money for this?


19 posted on 11/22/2011 8:06:58 PM PST by Dudoight
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To: Free ThinkerNY

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.


20 posted on 11/22/2011 8:39:06 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: JerseyHighlander

Was this terminal part of the collapse of Delancey St. due to the gas explosion back in the late 60’s?


21 posted on 11/22/2011 9:02:57 PM PST by Roccus (POLITICIAN...............a four letter word spelled with ten letters.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Doesn't Canada have a huge underground area in one of it's cities?

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.

22 posted on 11/22/2011 10:39:57 PM PST by Bellflower (Judas Iscariot, first democrat, robber, held the money bag, claimed to care for poor: John 12:4-6)
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To: doorgunner69
I can't speak about the men, but NYC streets are flooded with beautiful well-dressed young women. In my neighborhood, 1/10 look better than most magazine models.

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.

23 posted on 11/23/2011 4:31:31 AM PST by varyouga
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To: Roccus

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.


24 posted on 11/23/2011 3:51:30 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: JerseyHighlander

Wasn’t able to find much on the WWW about it. The New Yorker has this before its paywall.

http://www.newyorker.com/archive/1969/02/01/1969_02_01_024_TNY_CARDS_000290487

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

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=Aul-kAQHnToC&dat=19690104&printsec=frontpage&hl=en

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.


25 posted on 11/23/2011 5:39:27 PM PST by Roccus (POLITICIAN...............a four letter word spelled with ten letters.)
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To: JerseyHighlander

If Rattner’s is still on Delancey, someone in there might remember it.


26 posted on 11/23/2011 5:43:08 PM PST by Roccus (POLITICIAN...............a four letter word spelled with ten letters.)
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To: Roccus

Morlocks need love too!

27 posted on 11/23/2011 5:50:32 PM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Cvengr

Delancey St. was already a hole when I lived downtown in the late 60’s....wouldn’t think they’d want another ;)


28 posted on 11/23/2011 5:55:03 PM PST by Roccus (POLITICIAN...............a four letter word spelled with ten letters.)
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