get involved / community

In 2015, the Lowline worked with Hester Street Collaborative to gather and analyze existing district-wide community needs and study area data; to research best practices for public space and innovative economic development; and to interview a targeted group of local stakeholders to catalog community priorities and concerns, initial feedback about the project, and ideas for future development. The Planning Study that was created as a result of this process can be viewed and downloaded here.

Following more than 4 years of collaboration with local community members to deliver a proposal for a free public amenity using new solar technology, the Lowline looks forward to deepening and expanding our community engagement process via the Lowline’s Community Advisory Board. The goal of the Community Advisory Board is to provide a consistent forum for open community feedback and to develop a community-centered vision with a diverse group of community residents and stakeholders.

How to Get Involved

Please join us at our next Community Advisory Board meeting on December 5, 2016 at the Lowline Lab (140 Essex Street), from 6-8pm. These meetings are free and open to the public. To RSVP, send us an email at

Meeting History

On April 30, 2016, a kickoff meeting for the Community Advisory Board, co-hosted by NYC Council Member Margaret Chin, was held at the Lowline Lab. Photographs from the event can be found here.

Our first official meeting, co-hosted by Grand Street Guild Residents Association’s President and NYC Council Member Margaret Chin, was held on June 13, 2016 at Grand Street Guild. Meeting minutes can be downloaded here.

Our second meeting was held on July 25, 2016 at the Lowline Lab. Meeting minutes can be downloaded here.

Our third meeting was held on September 22, 2016 at the Lowline Lab. Meeting minutes can be downloaded here.

Community Advisory Board Members
Dominic Berg, local resident
Rabbi Aviad Bodner, Stanton Street Shul
David Bolotsky, Friends of Gulick Park
Huy Bui, An Choi and Plant-in City
Thanh Bui, Grand Street Settlement
Simon Chiew, Chinese-American Planning Council
Scott Conti, New Design High School
Talia DeRogatis, Henry Street Settlement
Alison Fleminger, University Settlement
Trever Holland, Two Bridges Tenant Association
Linda Jones, local resident
Meghan Joye, local resident and local business owner
Sue Lalchan, Grand Street Settlement
Tim Laughlin, Lower East Side Partnership
Brett and Ella Leitner, local residents
Gigi Li, local resident
Shantelena Mouzon, Parent of Young Designers Program student
Anchael Ng, local resident
Carmen Orta, Seward Park Extension
Nancy Ortiz, Vladeck Houses
Daisy Paez, Grant Street Guild Residents Association
Victoria Reichelt, local resident
Anne Saxelby, Essex Street Market
Risa Shoup, Fourth Arts Block
Carolyn Sickles, Henry Street Settlement and Abrons Art Center
Marquise Stillwell, Lowline Board Member
Nadia Tykulsker, Fourth Arts Block
Alan Van Capelle, Educational Alliance
Thomas Yu, Asian Americans for Equality