Updated 04/16/2012 01:35 PM
LES Exhibit Offers Glimpse Of Proposed "Low Line" Park
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New Yorkers could soon be going underground for another park built on abandoned tracks.
A plan to build the so-called Low Line in an unused trolley terminal beneath Delancey Street is the focus of a new exhibit called "Let There Be Light".
Renderings of the park plans are on display at the Mark Miller Gallery on the Lower East Side.
The Delancey Underground, which is pushing the project, hopes to use solar technology to reflect light underground -- allowing plants, trees, and grass to thrive indoors while also reducing electricity.
Mark Miller is using his galley to generate interest in the project because he says he believes the Low Line could help transform the neighborhood the way the High Line gave a boost to Chelsea and beyond.
"It's been overwhelmingly positive. Everyone wants more green on the Lower East Side. It'll be a wonderful amenity for our local residents. They're all for it," said Mark Miller of the Mark Miller Gallery.
"New York has so much richness to it and I think it'd be an amazing thing if we can start to reclaim some of those spaces, use them, rediscover them and enjoy them," said James Ramsey of the Delancey Underground.
While the project is still in the very early stages, supporters have already raised about $150,000.
The money will go towards more detailed feasibility studies and will also allow the Delancey Underground to create a partial life-size replica of a section of the park in an abandoned warehouse this fall.
The exhibit runs through the end of the month.
For more information, visit www.markmillergallery.com and thelowline.com.