Lowline Gains Key Support from 9 Elected Officials

Posted on: July 26th, 2013 at 6:15 am by

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The Lowline now boasts support from City, State, and Federal politicians.

Indeed. While the gaze hasn’t been fixed on the propopsed subterranean park of late, their busy behind-the-scenes efforts netted support of 9 elected officials. US Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand; US Congressmembers Carolyn Maloney and Nydia Velazquez; NY State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver; Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer; NY State Senator Daniel Squadron; and NYC Council Members Margaret Chin and Rosie Mendez. The crew collectively sent a letter of support to senior New York City officials requesting an “official exploration of the Lowline’s site transfer from MTA to City control.”

Quoth the press release:

This is a huge step forward for the Lowline, and we will continue to move the legal exploration process forward. With so much change coming to our neighborhood in the coming years, we know that the Lowline will truly help the community, the City, and even the MTA for generations to come.

“So much change” meaning rampant gentrification and the concurrent arrival of SPURA development. Hold onto your butts (and bank accounts), this neighborhood might not be affordable for much longer.

Do you think that the Lowline will have the same effect on the Lower East Side as the High Line did on Chelsea?

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