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Great press for a great project!
The Low Line: A plan for a new park banks on subterranean photosynthesis, a neat project from PopTech staffer Dan Barasch.
From The New York Times:
Ever since it opened in 2009, the High Line has drawn out-of-town visitors who hope to replicate its success. Observers of the elevated park on the West Side of Manhattan have come from nearby municipalities like Jersey City and Philadelphia and places as far away as Hong Kong.
Lately, those observers have been coming from across town, with plans for another attention-grabbing green space on a former transit site. But this one comes with a twist — the proposed park would be underground, in a dank former trolley terminal under Delancey Street that is controlled by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Though its promoters call it the “Delancey Underground,” another nickname has already been coined: the Low Line.
Ramsey and Barasch’s romantic vision includes a polished, undulating ceiling plane from which the “remote skylights” — developed by Ramsay to filter out harmful ultraviolet and infrared light frequencies — will flood the park with sunrays all year-round, night and day.
According to Ramsey, the technology is “like a cross between a telescope and an endoscope” — capturing light from the sun and then transporting it through fiber-optic cables onto a relatively small focal point.
So in love with these old Motor Boating covers.
The evening commute. In the days of style, successful New York businessmen did not lurch their way through traffic in the back of a Towncar. They had lavish “Express Commuters” or “Commuter Yachts” such as this to convey them to and from their Long Island estates. This cover from Motor Boating depicts what was I’m sure a typical view from the Brooklyn shore. It being the July issue, the poor fellow must have been working late. But we need not pity him too much.
One of my favorites of the type is Aphrodite, built by Purdy in 1937. A new book about Purdy came out this year, written by Allen Dinn. If you are in the region of Manhassat Bay, stop in to this talk on March 23.
The Elco is part of this breed of commuters.
Wish I’d peeked in the window of this thing.