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Paul Rudolph’s proposal for an expressway running across lower Manhattan from 1967-72, linking New Jersey to Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island.
Parker Seybold created a gif that animates Paul Rudolph’s Lower Manhattan Expressway “LoMex” from 1970 and layers it onto a Google Maps perspective of the neighborhood today.
In comparison to Rudolph’s proposal, Vernon Roether’s “Collage section mash-up of the Highline, the street and the Delancey Underground” explores the possibility of underground spaces to be reactivated following the model of the High Line.
Roether asks, “What does it look and feel like to be underground in NYC?” in order to reframe the potential of underground spaces.
Connecting the underground space to the rest of the neighborhood and streets above is a key to unlocking its potential . Seybold’s research of the site around the unused trolley terminal underneath Delancey Street studied the traffic patterns of coming on and off the Williamsburg Bridge.
The diagram above visualizes the 24 hour traffic volume (data from NY DOT)
blue = westbound traffic
red = eastbound traffic
The site is connected to transportation infrastructure in multiple ways and plays an important role in helping people move throughout the city and neighborhood. Historically, the Williamsburg Bridge has been a significant node between Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Given the incredible complexity of the site, the studio will be working with the MTA and the Delancey Underground as well as well as the Center for Urban Realestate (CURE) to envision the future roles the underground and above ground spaces might play in the surrounding neighborhood and city.