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NYC’s underground park the Lowline gets approved by the city

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Rebecca Fontana

The new underground High Line is back on track. Just a few weeks after buzzkills threatened to turn the proposed Lowline park into a bus station, the underground green space came out victorious. The park built atop a section of Lower East Side rails has been rumored since 2012, and it finally started chugging along last October when the Lowline Lab opened, giving a sneak peek at the upcoming park. And now, it finally has official approval from NYC.

Actual sunlight is piped down into the park via a system of lenses and mirrors invented by James Ramsey. Live greenery, including fruits, herbs and flowers, will fill the 1.5-acre plot (that’s three city blocks).

The team now has 12 months to raise funds for the park, which is scheduled to open in 2020. But in the meantime, the space will host food festivals and other events, and there’s always awesome stuff to do on the original High Line and a High Line in the forest to check out.

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