Lowline Lab New York photos
- Built in 1903 and abandoned in 1948, the Williamsburg Trolley Terminal was the destination for streetcars that carried passengers from Brooklyn to Manhattan over the Williamsburg Bridge. It is 1.5 acres in size — nearly 60,000 square feet — roughly two-thirds the size of Gramercy Park. (Lowline)
- Standing on the platform of the Brooklyn-bound JMZ train you can see the open space beyond the tracks. That open space is the future home of the Lowline and the former site of the Williamsburg Trolley Terminal.
- Heliostat machines on the roof of the Lowline Lab.
- A curved mirror focuses the light into a concentrated beam.
- Tracking mirrors reflect the sun's rays.
- Light is captured on the roof and piped down below.
- These machines are made in South Korea.
- James Ramsey helped invent the fiberoptic technology used for the Lowline.
- The Lowline Lab is a small incubator and test site for the solar funneling technology developed to aid plant growth underground.
- The undulating terrain helps prioritize plants that need more light.
- Ramsey says the lab represents one-fiftieth of the entire Lowline.
- This "test" patch of green is located in a far end of the Essex Street Market in lower Manhattan and represents a small fraction of the projected size of the future Lowline park.
- The Lowline Lab is located in an empty warehouse on the Lower East Side.
- A photo said to be taken in 1919 offers a view of Delancey Street and the Williamsburg Bridge facing southeast in lower Manhattan. The many trolleys that brought passengers over the river to Brooklyn are long gone.
- A rendering of the Lowline park by Kibum Park / Raad Designs. The underground public space is projected to be open for visitors in 2020.