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The Lowline is committed to an ongoing community-facing engagement process to collect input and feedback on the future design, programming and governance structure of the Lowline. From October 2016 through June 2017, the Lowline collected ideas and analyzed feedback from a series of public workshops, focus groups, and digital platforms with the help of a consultant team. In an effort to provide transparency, we are excited to share the full report on the lessons learned and suggested next steps from this phase of outreach. You can access the full report here.

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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. Community Advisory Board general membership is open to the community at large and over 30 members are currently confirmed. We have also initiated a Task Force of nominated members who take a more active role in continuing to foster the Lowline’s connection with the community.

Opportunities to Get Involved:

Join Our Community Advisory Board

Community Advisor Board (CAB) members assist by disseminating information on Lowline related updates and events, as well as by attending quarterly meetings to provide feedback and community related updates. Anyone is welcome to join the CAB at any time by emailing

Current Members:

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
Linda Jones, local resident
Sue Lalchan, Grand Street Settlement
Tim Laughlin, Lower East Side Partnership
Brett and Ella Leitner, local residents
Shantelena Mouzon, Parent of Young Designers Program student
Anchael Ng, local resident
Carmen Orta, Seward Park Extension
Nancy Ortiz, Vladeck Houses
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
Jodi Waynberg, Artists Alliance
Thomas Yu, Asian Americans for Equality

Task Force

Our Task Force serves as a key liaison between the Lowline and the local community. By attending all CAB meetings, assisting with the promotion of community events, and helping to coordinate and recruit for workshops to increase feedback from the community, they are crucial leaders of our community engagement process.

Current Members:

Dominic Berg, local resident
Trever Holland, Two Bridges Tenant Association
Meghan Joye, local resident and business owner
Gigi Li, local resident
Daisy Paez, local resident

Meeting History
  • – Public Workshop, Manny Cantor Center, June 12, 2017. Overview available here.
  • – Public Workshop, Hamilton Fish Library, May 6, 2017. Overview available here.
  • – Public Workshop, New Design High School, March 27, 2017. Overview available here.
  • – Public Workshop, Grand Street Settlement, March 2, 2017. Overview available here.
  • – Public Workshop, Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, January 25, 2017. Overview available here.
  • – Community Advisory Board Meeting #3, Lowline Lab, December 5, 2016. Meeting minutes and accompanying slideshow available here and here.
  • – Community Advisory Board Meeting #2, Lowline Lab, September 22, 2016. Meeting minutes available here.
  • – Community Advisory Board Meeting #1, Lowline Lab, July 25, 2016. Meeting minutes available here.
  • – Public Meeting, co-hosted by NYC Council Member Margaret Chin and Daisy Paez, Grand Street Guild, June 13, 2016. Meeting minutes available here.
  • – Community Advisory Board Kickoff Meeting, co-hosted by NYC Council Member Margaret Chin, Lowline Lab, April 30, 2016. Photos available here.