On Wednesday, October 8th, 2014, the Lowline - the anticipated world’s first underground park in New York City celebrated its fundraising Anti-Gala at Skylight Modern in Manhattan. Using solar power, this park will illuminate an abandoned former trolley station in the heart of New York City's Lower East Side-- enabling plants and trees to grow. This project is now supported by every single elected official representing the Lower East Side, along with major community organizations and the local business community.
The Anti-Gala featured Chef Julian Alonzo of Neuman’s Kitchen a dinner menu that was inspired by the diverse food traditions in the Lower East Side neighborhood where the Lowline will be built. During the dinner, Lowline co-founders Dan Barasch and James Ramsey shared the latest on the Lowline’s progress, including its political advocacy, technology research, and design updates.
“Our vision is a stunning underground park, providing a beautiful respite and a cultural attraction in one of the world’s most dense, urban environments,” said Dan Barasch, co-founder and executive director. “The event mirrored the underground space in design with the help of Terrain, a lifestyle brand known for endless home and garden inspiration on the look and feel, while showcasing the Lowline’s pioneering urban design and focus on unconventional green spaces. We are thrilled to have presented a unique opportunity to New York City and we’re so grateful for the continued support.”
Co-hosts actor Lena Dunham and film director Spike Jonze joined notable guests in attendance, which included actor Ed Norton, actress Laura Prepon, film producer Megan Ellison, High Line Co-Founder Robert Hammond, artist Tom Sachs, journalist Serena Altschul, DJ/Founder of DFA Records/LCD Soundsystem James Murphy, Grammy-winning musician and guitarist Jack Antonoff among others. Political elects such as Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen, Senators Cory Booker and Charles Schumer and Council Members Margaret Chin and Corey Johnson also showed their support.
The evening was capped off with an after party with live performances by Bleachers, headlined by Grammy-winning musician Jack Antonoff, and a live DJ set by James Murphy of DFA/LCD Soundsystem. Throughout the night, surprise performances by local subway performers connected the event to the vibrancy and wild creativity of New York City.
|Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen|
|rendering of the Lowline|
|Spike Jonze and Robyn Shapiro|
|beautiful event space at Skylight Modern|
*The event was sponsored by ABSOLUT, Terrain, Citi, Viacom, New York Magazine,
and Neuman’s Kitchen featuring Chef Julian Alonzo was also produced by Empire
Entertainment. Additional local sponsors have contributed considerable in kind support.