Jamie Springer to Speak at LowLine Breakfast


Jamie Springer will be speaking with LowLine founders Dan Barasch and James Ramsey at the LowLine Breakfast organized by the Forum for Urban Design on Friday, September 21. The LowLine is Barasch and Ramsey’s proposal for an innovative, community-oriented public space in an abandoned trolley terminal beneath Delancey Street on the Lower East Side. The speakers will discuss this exciting concept for a new kind of underground public space, which will preserve the valuable historic elements in the site while introducing remote skylights that deliver sunlight below ground to support plants and trees.


Since April, HR&A has been engaged in a preliminary planning study of the LowLine concept, working closely with engineers at Arup and legal experts at Kramer Levin to analyze the economic, physical, and legal feasibility of the project. The HR&A Team has determined that the concept is physically feasible and can support a variety of benefits for the Lower East Side, including the creation of a valuable community and cultural amenity activated by a variety of programming, the preservation of an important historic artifact, the improvement of access to the Delancey-Essex Station, and the development of innovative lighting technology. HR&A has also worked with Barasch and Ramsey to develop a business case and financially self-sustaining operating model for the space.


The LowLine Breakfast coincides with the Imagining the LowLine technology exhibit showcasing a working prototype of the LowLine’s remote skylight technology in the Essex Street Warehouse. The exhibit is open and free to the public from September 15-27.