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The Young Designers Program culminates in a public display of student work, offering students and parents a chance to reflect upon student ideas and to invite community-wide input. The previous month-long exhibit was held at the Mark Miller Gallery on the Lower East Side.


The next exhibit, “Shaping the Lowline” will be held at the Mark Miller Gallery from March 22 – 29 and will feature imaginative work from Asian American for Equality / Lower East Side Preparatory High School, Educational Alliance / Manny Cantor Center, Grand Street Settlement, Henry Street Settlement Abrons Art Center, University Settlement and 14th Street Y. The free public exhibit will also have a number of interactive stations inviting the community to also provide ideas and input.



The Education Committee is composed of a selected group of STEM professionals who have extensive experience in the field of STEAM and education. The Education Committee members advise the program in a variety of capacities that serve to enhance the program’s curriculum, operations and overall execution.


Julio Badel • Henry Street Settlement

Kristian Breton • New York Academy of Sciences

Isa Del Bello • Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy

Scott Conti • New Design High School

Mikey Cordero • Urban Arts Partnership

Marc Lesser • MOUSE

Shantelena Mouzon • Young Designer Parent

Anthony Negron • New York Hall of Science

Sarah Pidgeon • Solar One

Armando Somoza • Urban Arts Partnership

Julia Vallera • The Hive



We are fortunate to have the following amazing host committee:

Zach Aarons, Serena Altschul, Jennifer Blumin, Sara Cline, Vin Cipolla, Boykin Curry, Lena Dunham, Vance Garrett, Adrian Grenier, Robert Hammond, Paul Hoffman, Spike Jonze, Bennett Miller, Eddy Moretti, Signe Nielsen, Laura Prepon, Jolie Hunt-Potter, Tom Sachs, Kenny Scharf, Michele Shapiro and Abhay Deshpande, Peter Shapiro, Josh Sirefman, Marquise Stillwell, Diane von Furstenberg


All contributions go directly toward advocacy, research, design, and planning for the world's underground park.

All donations are tax-deductible, as we are officially a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

If you prefer not to donate online, please mail us a check payable to Underground Development Foundation to the following address.

The Lowline
c/o Underground Development Foundation
5 White Street, #4B
New York, NY 10013




The Lowline Young Designers Program is meant to empower local youth to take an active role in helping design the future uses of the Lowline. The current program includes a partnership with several local organizations, and will explore the different facets of the Lowline including: science, technology, design, programming, history, politics and the arts.

You can view the creative output from the previous Young Designers Program that was recently showcased at the Mark Miller Gallery here. The Lowline also recently conducted a Visioning Session, which was attended by community members, students, educators and other key stakeholders to help brainstom ways to expand the Young Designers Program and gather community input.  The meeting summary is posted here

Please contact us at if your school or organization is interested in learning more about the Lowline Young Designers Program and other ways to get involved.


Program Manager

About the Role:

The Program Manager will lead and mentor each of the 16 Young Ambassadors throughout the Young Ambassador Program’s tenure and serve as the primary point of contact for the community based organizations partnering with the Lowline for this unique program. The Young Ambassadors Program will span a 6-month period, from October 1, 2016 to March 1, 2017, and will run during afterschool hours, as well as on weekends, Saturday and Sunday, from 11:00AM – 5:00PM. Prior to the launch of the program, from August to September 2016, the Program Manager will design and develop the Young Ambassadors Program’s curriculum.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • – Design and develop the Young Ambassadors Program curriculum, including assignments, trainings and activities.
  • – Facilitate onsite and offsite education and training services to program participants to prepare for community engagement.
  • – Develop and maintain a Young Ambassadors Program weekly status report including recommended optimizations, student performance and attendance, and qualitative enhancements.
  • – Organize and lead Young Ambassadors Program events, workshops, and meetings in partnership with community based organizations and Lowline team.
  • – Track program expenditures and maintain pre-approved budget.
  • – Assist in the maintenance of educational equipment and storage areas.
  • – Collaborate with the Lowline team and report directly to the Executive Director.


  • – Bachelor’s degree in science, education, or museum studies.
  • – 3-5 years’ experience working directly with youth in an informal learning field or similar organization to identify their developmental needs and improve their knowledge or skills. A science center or children’s museum background is preferred.
  • – Knowledge of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM), with experience integrating arts and design in STEAM learning environments.
  • – Experience developing innovative and novel content and youth curriculum.
  • – Knowledge of principles and methods for teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • – Ability to plan and organize the activities of others.
  • – Demonstrated experience with both project management and execution.
  • – Ability to monitor and control resources and oversee spending within budget, including: ordering or purchasing supplies, and maintain training inventory and travel expenses.
  • – Strong communications skills with the ability to express ideas clearly both in written and oral formats. Spanish and/or Chinese language proficiency preferred.
  • – Experience serving diverse audiences, and commitment to the mission of the Lowline.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to with the subject line “Program Manager”

Fall Intern

Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • – Extremely polished writer, able to convey both professionalism and emotion in a variety of channels; a brilliant communicator in person.
  • – High level of energy and enthusiasm.
  • – Social media native (fluent in all things Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and beyond).
  • – Graphic and web design skills and experience – Photoshop, InDesign, WordPress, Mailchimp highly preferred.
  • – Independent worker willing to take on all tasks—glamorous and otherwise.
  • – Interest in parks, public space, “green” technology, New York City and its politics, urban design, and preferably the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
  • – Must be able to commit to a minimum of 3+ days per week (full-time preferred).
  • – Top-notch academic credentials and some professional experience preferred.
  • – Spanish and/or Chinese language proficiency preferred.

Responsibilities will include:

  • – Community Engagement: Support the execution, optimization, and strategic direction of the Lowline’s community outreach efforts, including Young Designers Program, community events, public talks, and small business initiatives.
  • – Event Production: Support Lowline events, such as fundraisers, community street fairs, and the Lowline Lab technology exhibit.
  • – Online Content: Help produce and curate online social media content and support digital engagement across other communication channels (i.e. email, website).
  • – Operations: Manage internal systems and day-to-day operations as appropriate.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to with the subject line “Lowline Intern”


October 24, 2014
PopTech Rebellion Dan Barasch: NYC Underground

July 8, 2014
TED@NYC Dan Barasch: A Park Underneath the Hustle and Bustle of New York City

March 10, 2014
Bloomberg Businessweek Design Conference James Ramsey on the Lowline

October 29, 2013
NYC Media Secrets of New York: Underground

October 17, 2013
Reuters TV Highlighting Underground Manhattan

January 22, 2013
DLD Lowline / Underground Gardening

January 11, 2013
Discovery Channel

November 8, 2012
Municipal Arts Society Short Talk – The Lowline

October 8, 2012
Chicago Ideas Week Building a Park… Underground

For media inquiries, please contact


February 27, 2017
TimeOut New York Last chance to see the Lowline Lab before it closes!

February 13, 2017
Next City With Lowline Test Almost Over, Scaling Up Underground Park Will Be Next

January 24, 2017
The Lo-Down Winter DayLife Festival at the Lowline Lab

October 7, 2016
The New York Times Move Over, Rats. New York Is Planning an Underground Park.

October 5, 2016
Fast Company Design Inside The Lab Where Plants Learn To Grow In The Dark

August 9, 2016
Forbes The Lowline, NYC’s Underground Park, Will Be Replicated Across The World

July 14, 2016
NY1 City Moves Forward on Plans to Convert Long-Vacant Underground Space Into ‘Lowline’ Park

July 14, 2016
NYCEDC Deputy Mayor Glen and NYCEDC Announce First City Approval of Lowline Project

July 14, 2016
New York Magazine The Lowline Just Got a Thumbs-up From City Hall

July 14, 2016
New Learning Times Seen in NY: Lowline Lab

July 7, 2016
Nowness LCD Soundsystem introduce us to New York’s Lowline

July 7, 2016
The Lo-Down Lowline Launches Young Ambassadors Program, Community Engagement Committee

June 20, 2016
Worth Destinations 2016: New York

April 12, 2016
ABC7 Eyewitness News The Lowline: Bringing Sunlight Underground on the Lower East Side

April 11, 2016
The Economist Growing New York’s Underground Park

March 4, 2016
Mashable The Lowline is the underground park New York needs — and here are the minds behind it

February 8, 2016
BLOUIN ARTINFO Will NYC’s Underground Park Become a Reality?

January 28, 2016
Artsy These 13 Architects Will Reshape the New York Skyline

February 22, 2016
The Lo-Down Big Crowd Turns Out for Essex Street Market/Lowline Festival

December 13, 2015
New York Magazine Reasons to Love New York

November 19, 2015
TIME The 25 Best Inventions of 2015

November 11, 2015
Wall Street Journal A Trial Run for the Lowline

October 17, 2015
Bloomberg Business A Look Inside the Lowline, New York City’s First Underground Park

October 16, 2015
USA Today Inside the World’s First Underground Park

October 14, 2015
New York Daily News World’s first underground park grows closer to reality in New York City

October 14, 2015
Newsday Underground park to take root in abandoned trolley station in Lower East Side

October 13, 2015
Wall Street Journal Photos of the Lowline Lab and Life Underground

October 13, 2015
Bloomberg Business A Look Inside the Lowline

October 13, 2015
New York Business Journal PHOTOS: Lowline Lab offers a glimpse

July 1, 2015
Gizmodo How NYC’s Underground Park Is Piping in Real, Live Sunshine

June 30, 2015
Metro NY Lowline Lab plans to explore solar tech

June 23, 2015
New York Times New York Today: What Grows Below

June 15, 2015
WIRED Want to Build an Underground Park? You’ll Need to Build a Lab First

May 22, 2015
Financial Times Growing underground: the subterranean park in New York

March 31, 2015
GOOD NYC's Upcoming Subterranean Park Gets A Little Design Help From The Community

March 25, 2015
Bedford + Bowery  Neighborhood Kids Go Cray With Lowline Renderings

March 24, 2015
Wall Street Journal New York’s ‘Lowline’ Proposal Gets Youthful Input

December 8, 2014
American Way Parks and Recreation (Underground)

NOVEMBER 28, 2014
IFL Science Solar Technology Could Make Underground Parks in Cramped Cities Possible

NOVEMBER 26, 2014
The Associated Press Developers look to create underground NYC park

OCTOBER 9, 2014
The Lo-Down Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen Gives Lowline a Vote of Confidence

OCTOBER 9, 2014
New York Magazine Lena Dunham and Spike Jonze Partied at the Lowline Anti-Gala

OCTOBER 9, 2014
The Wall Street Journal A Night of New Lows on the Party Circuit: The New Museum’s Inc and the Lowline’s Anti-Gala

July 29, 2014
Architect’s Newspapaer Bottom-Up Urbanism

July 25, 2014
On/Off Magazine (Italy) The Lowline, The Light of Ideas

JULY 24, 2014
The Lo-Down Lowline Update: Tech Lab Receives City Funding, Young Designers Show Off Ideas

July 23, 2014
Tridonic James Ramsey, New York (USA), for “The Lowline” N.Y. – fibre-optic technology to capture sunlight underground

July 10, 2014
Telegraph New York’s Next Big Attractions

June 25, 2014
Bedford and Bowery The Lowline Just Got Another $30K From Boosters Like Adrian Grenier

April 2, 2014
BBC Future What If We Could Rebuild New York City?

February 12, 2014
Cool Hunting Local School Kids Reveal Their Vision For An Underground Park On The Lower East Side

December, 2013
Smithsonian The Next Frontier in Urban Design Will Send You Underground

October 20, 2013
Daily Mail (UK) New York One Step Closer to Building Park

October 20, 2013
Crain's Lower East Side Bars Support Lowline

October 20, 2013
Sunday Times (UK) Piped Sunlight in Underground Park

October 16, 2013
Gawker Everyone Is Excited About The Lowline

September 16, 2013
Gizmodo Kickstarter Urbanism: Why Building a Park Takes More Than Crowdfunding

August 12, 2013
New York Observer Lowline Raises Support

July 24, 2013
Lo-Down Elected Officials Advocate For Transfer of Lowline Site

May 20, 2013
Wall Street Journal Considering an Underground Park

March 26, 2013
CBS Smart Planet The New Metropolis

December 26, 2012
Wall Street Journal Neighborhood Boost Seen from Lowline

December 23, 2012
ABC News Bringing Sunlight to an Underground Garden

December 11, 2012
Vice Motherboard TV The Lowline

October 17, 2012
CNN Proposal for the World's First Underground Park

October 8, 2012
The New Yorker, Talk of the Town Go Climb a Tree

September 27, 2012
The Villager A Better BID Process/ Onboard with Lowline

September 20, 2012
The New Yorker Meet the Lowline

September 20, 2012
BizBash Lowline’s ‘Anti-Gala’ Underscores Lower East Side's History, Food

September 14, 2012
Fast Company Design The Lowline, New York’s Revolutionary Underground Park

May 1, 2012
BBC New York’s Underground Park of the Future

April 26, 2012
MSNBC New York’s Next Great Park Might Be Underground

February 23, 2012
Fast Company Design Make Way, High Line: LowLine Underground Park

November 21, 2011
New York Times Inspired by High Line, Park Is Envisioned With Sights Set Low

November 14, 2011
CNN Manhattan’s underground park: Science fiction or future fact?

October 1, 2011
NY Developers Want Long-Abandoned LES Railway To Become City's Newest Park

September 16, 2011
New York Magazine The Low Line