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New York City Converts Historic Underground Terminal Into A Public Park

New York is known for its super tall buildings, busy life, and incredible parks. But what New York City is doing now is absolutely incredible. It has immediately jumped to the top of my list of places to visit.

New York City Converts Historic Underground Terminal Into A Public Park

It all started with an old train station. This train station is 116 years old.

New York City Converts Historic Underground Terminal Into A Public Park

The area, with ceilings 20 feet high, extends three blocks east from Essex Street to Clinton Street and was used until 1948 as a station and balloon loop for streetcars crossing the Williamsburg Bridge to and from Brooklyn.

New York City Converts Historic Underground Terminal Into A Public Park

Natural light will be directed below ground using fiber optics—called  “remote skylights” to provide an area in which trees and grass will be grown beneath the city street

New York City Converts Historic Underground Terminal Into A Public Park

The idea is to create the first, living, underground park.

New York City Converts Historic Underground Terminal Into A Public Park

This is how it is designed to work.

New York City Converts Historic Underground Terminal Into A Public Park

Although the majority of the lighting would be coming from above ground, there would be artificial lighting at night and when the sun is obscured by clouds.

New York City Converts Historic Underground Terminal Into A Public Park

This amazing and unique project has been endorsed by politicians and local organizations across the city.

New York City Converts Historic Underground Terminal Into A Public Park

If everything goes according to plan, the new park will be open for the public in 2018.

New York City Converts Historic Underground Terminal Into A Public Park

And the public is absolutely thrilled about the new park.

New York City Converts Historic Underground Terminal Into A Public Park

In September, the team built a full-scale of the new underground technology in an abandoned warehouse in the Lower East Side, for the “Imagining the Lowline” exhibit

New York City Converts Historic Underground Terminal Into A Public Park

And it was a packed house, people are fascinated with the idea.

New York City Converts Historic Underground Terminal Into A Public Park

New York City Converts Historic Underground Terminal Into A Public Park

New York City Converts Historic Underground Terminal Into A Public Park

What an incredible concept to have a new park in such a busy city. I am sure it will be a huge attraction to locals and tourists too. NYC is out of room to build new parks so this idea should start spreading across the world in overly crowded cities. What are your thoughts?

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