The underground park the Lowline has been making progress in recent years to finally see the light of day. The organization behind the subterranean Lower East Side space opened an interactive lab to the public last year and is continuing to raise funds to add some much needed green space to the neighborhood. But now, like everything else it comes into contact with, the 2019 L train closure may end up throwing a wrench in those plans.
In addition to possibly turning 14th street into a car-free thoroughfare, another solution being floated to help ease transportation woes caused by the shutdown is to turn the proposed park site into a transportation hub. The idea was pitched at a public meeting between Community Board 3 and the MTA as a way to help facilitate the expected extra bus service across the B39, M14A and M14D routes.
The MTA plans to make a decision on the proposal by August.