Lowline Gains Key Support from 9 Elected Officials

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

lowline-prototype-1

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?

Recent Stories

RIP TAYlOR SWIFT by CHICO LES
Chico & La Petite Mort Say ‘RIP Taylor Swift’ with New Mural on Orchard Street

Chico spent his last night in town painting a gate on Orchard Street, before heading south for the winter. And it’s timely. The new mural – sprayed onto the exterior of La Petite Mort – skewers Taylor Swift and her role as “Global Welcome Ambassador” for New York City. “RIP Taylor Swift,” reads the artwork, […]

grinch-roast-beast
Katz’s Deli Teams Up With The Grinch To Serve a ‘Roast Beast’ Sandwich This Holiday Season

Katz’s Deli is ringing in the holidays by joining forces with one of the season’s most nefarious, misunderstood characters – the Grinch. Owner Jake Dell is crafting a limited edition sandwich for their holiday menu – that of the “Roast Beast” variety. No word yet on if they’ve locked down the cartoon or Jim Carey for the […]

finebb
Fineline Tattoo Has an ‘All Hallow’s Eve Tattoo Party’ with $31 Tatts Today

For the year’s on the turn, and it’s All Souls’ night, When the dead can yearn and the dead can smite. -Edith Wharton What frightens you on All Hallow’s Eve night? Clowns? Ghosts? Zombies? How about needles? Good, today is your chance to be scared at Fineline Tattoo (21 1st Avenue). Samhain, All Souls’ Night, All Hallow’s […]

jarmulowsky-response
Jarmulowsky Bank Hotel Conversion Issued Full Stop-Work Order After ‘Concrete Incident’

Conversion of the landmark Jarmulowsky Bank Building to shi-shi hotel hit a major roadblock this week. As we first reported, scaffolding came loose from 54 Canal Street early Monday morning. Apparently pressure from recently-poured concrete atop the 1912 Beaux Arts-style structure caused the ironwork to dislodge, endangering everyone in the immediate vicinity. An estimate five yards of […]

134bowerysite
Sale of Five Bowery Properties for $45M Threatens Its Rich Cultural History

Yesterday afternoon, we broke the blockbuster news that five historically significant buildings on the Bowery were sold as a package deal for $45 million. While still unconfirmed, it’s rumored that the buyer is John Young of Emmut Properties. Luxury living is allegedly planned for the 75,000 square-feet of buildable real estate, whether through rentals or […]