In New York, an underground park is to become a new green oasis

In New York new ones spring up skyscraper upwards. Some use loopholes in order to be able to offer customers with high purchasing power a fantastic view. Those who suffer are often the normal wage earners in the city who cannot afford the expensive apartments and instead look in vain for more Green spaces and crave public retreats.

Wants remedy And Barasch together with his partner James Ramsey create. With the so-called lowline in an abandoned tram stop, they are working on the first underground park, such as the “Handelsblatt“Reported. The stop, which is over 100 years old, still made that possible 70 years ago Commute between the districts Manhattan and Brooklyn. The terminal has been vacant since 1948 – but that is about to change.

Lowline as an innovative example

In a few years, visitors should find relaxation on an area the size of a football field. The opening date is planned for 2021. “As a fourth-generation New Yorker, I was fascinated by the idea of ​​creating a new park in a neighborhood that was urgent Green spaces needed “, quotes the”HandelsblattBarasch.

In addition to a new public sanctuary, the Lowline aims to serve as an innovative example of how technology is changing cities in the 21st century. It is to be officially opened in 2021.

Special solar technology to capture sunlight

The underground area is anything but a “normal” park. Even in cold or rainy weather, it should offer refuge from hectic everyday life in the big city. And in the heat, the underground park would also have the advantage of being cooler.

In order to bring the daylight under the earth, a special solar technology was used, on which engineers were involved. It enables natural sunlight to be captured and then redistributed underground. This is how the plants would get the energy they need for photosynthesis, it quotes Handelsblatt continue Baraschwho envisions a botanical garden blooming all year round. He also believes that the project can be realized in other places.

The lowline is said to cost a total of about 84 million dollars, which comes from donations and public money. City approval New York for the construction project took place in the summer of 2016. Five years later, the park is to be officially opened. But examples of already proven innovative Green spaces in town already exists now.

Elevated railway line from the 30s is a magnet for visitors

Around 2.5 kilometers from a former Elevated railway line in Manhattan have already been converted into a park, now the last piece of the remaining original structure is being added. “The Spur”, a small side detour of the route approximately at the height of the Empire State Buildings in Manhattan, is also open to visitors from Wednesday – with flowers, trees, benches and, until September, with a large sculpture by the artist Simone Leigh.

The Elevated railway line was built in the 1930s so that freight trains could deliver their goods directly to the upper floors of the factories and warehouses there. About half a century later it was no longer used and lay fallow. A group of people then successfully fought against its demolition and for its conversion to a park. The southern part opened in 2009 and the northern part was added in 2014. With more than seven million people a year, the High Line is now a magnet for visitors and a successful project that is being copied around the world.

New York Cemetery Island as a public park

A New York cemetery island could soon become a public park. Around a million deaths are on in the past 150 years Hart Island buried off the coast of New York. The metropolis’s city council has prepared a law that would hand over control of the island to the park administration, local media reported earlier this month.

However, this law would first have to get a majority in the city council and then from the mayor Bill de Blasio be signed. It is time to “find a new way for the island,” said de Blasio.

Hart Island is about 400,000 square meters and is located in front of the district Bronx. For around 150 years, the island has been used to bury the dead who no longer have families or whose families have no money for a funeral, for example many homeless people.

Around 1,100 bodies are buried there every year, but there would only be space for around ten more years. It is not yet clear how the island, on which there are also a few decaying buildings, could be transformed into a park and used publicly.

Von RND / ak / dpa


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