Introducing the Lowline Lab

The Lowline Lab is a long-term open laboratory and technical exhibit designed to test and showcase how the Lowline will grow and sustain plants underground. Built inside an abandoned market on the Lower East Side, just two blocks from the site of the proposed future Lowline, the Lowline Lab includes a series of controlled experiments in an environment mimicking the actual Lowline site.

The Lab has seen over 100,000 visitors so far. Through February 26, we will showcase our solar technology and the potential of new, year-round public spaces to tens of thousands more. And we can not wait to share in the excitement with each and every one of you.

The Lowline Lab features a rotating schedule of public talks and events. For the latest updates, check us out on Facebook

140 Essex Street
(between Rivington and Stanton Streets)
Lower East Side – New York City
Subway: J/M/F Essex Delancey Street

Saturday and Sunday
11am – 5pm
Free and open to the Public through February 26
Special closing events TBA!

Holiday Closures:
December 24, 25, 31 and January 1

    Photo by Philip Lange

    Bringing Sunlight Underground

    Co-Founder James Ramsey, his team at Raad Studio,and Korea-based technology company Sunportal designed and installed optical devices which track the sun throughout the sky every minute of every day, optimizing the amount of natural sunlight we are able to capture. The sunlight is then distributed into the warehouse through a series of protective tubes, directing full spectrum light into a central distribution point. A solar canopy, designed and constructed by engineer Ed Jacobs, then spreads out the sunlight across the space, modulating and tempering the sunlight, providing light critical to sustain the plant life below.

    Growing Plants
    The Lowline Lab landscape, designed by Signe Nielsen of Mathews Nielsen and built by John Mini Distinctive Landscapes, is composed of over 3,000 plants and dozens of unique varieties, spread across 1,000 square feet. The Lab gives us the opportunity to study plant life in the same type of environment as the future Lowline, and will help determine which types of plants will grow best underground.
    Lab Community

    We’re excited about all the science and technology that has gone into creating the Lowline Lab, and we want to get our community engaged in the process of transforming the Lab into a vibrant community gathering space. The Lab is a live open experiment, free for all members of the public to visit every weekend. During the weekdays, we expanded our Young Designers Program to include educational sessions at the Lowline Lab, bringing nearly 3,000 kids into the space to learn all about the science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) behind the Lowline. And now, the Lab will serve as a youth mentorship and job training site for 16 Young Ambassadors. We also want the Lab to serve as an intergenerational community hub, inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds to study and understand the transformative power of innovation.

    Want to get involved at the Lowline Lab?
    Register to volunteer today!

    Sponsors + Partners
    The Lowline is proud and grateful for the support of the following sponsors and partners:

    For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact