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N.Y. MTA unveils underground space for proposed park

Posted on December 1, 2011

Photo courtesy Delancey Underground.
Photo courtesy Delancey Underground.
NEW YORK CITY — The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority released a video showcasing its long-retired, underground Essex Street Trolley Terminal, which the agency hopes to make available for creative development, according to a CBS New York report.

Two architects are in talks to develop the 60,000-foot space into an underground park — the Delancey Underground project — that would utilize fiber optics and other cutting edge technology to nurture tree and plant life. To read the full story, click here.

Photo courtesy Delancey Underground.
Photo courtesy Delancey Underground.

An innovative approach to creating green space in the already crowded city, the Delancey Underground project seeks to transform the abandoned Trolley Terminal into a vibrant economic, cultural and community-oriented asset by utilizing technology developed by New York’s RAAD Studio, which harvests natural sunlight via fiber-optic cables, bringing the power and energy of the sun underground, giving plants the light wavelengths they need for photosynthesis. The system also filters out harmful ultraviolet and infrared light.

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