(Max Rivlin-Nadler) The Lower East Side's "Lowline," an innovative park that would send sunlight to an abandoned subterranean trolley terminal through fiber optic cables, is one step closer to becoming a reality after the MTA signaled that it would be interesting in transferring the space to the city.
The bus terminal, which lies below Delancey, is now owned by the MTA, which has been trying for years to renovate the space for retail development. Like many things with the MTA, the plan has never really come to fruition, and now it would like to transfer the land back to the city, in the hopes that it can become a park.
“They basically said at our last meeting, ‘We are ready for a phone call from City Hall,’” Dan Barasch, co-founder of the Lowline, told DNAinfo.
The MTA wants to talk to the city's Economic Development Corporation about how to actually transfer the property, so the parks department can designate it a permanent public space.
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