Why is Super Mario Bros. so popular? Like a lot of video games, the reason for its popularity is that it really plays off of a sense of adventure and curiosity.
If you hit on that question mark, a gold coin emerges. If you know where to look in that cloud, there’s a special reward, and if you have the guts and the curiosity to think about what’s in that green pipe, a whole new exciting world emerges.
…Similarly, New York City, where I live, is a city that has quite a few distractions, and excitement, and things to explore at street-level. And many New Yorkers really think about their streetscape as the city, and they think about the underground as a dark, nasty, smelly place that you go to — maybe — to go on the subway. But it’s not really a space of any value. There’s not really anything to explore.
…There’s actually 13 acres of unused spaces underneath New York City…[and the Lowline] is an effort to build the first underground park [underneath the city].
—From Dan Barasch’s TEDxEastHampton talk, “Imagining the Lowline,” about his and his partner’s plan to transform a long-abandoned trolley station beneath Delancey Street in Manhattan into a dreamy retreat from the noise, litter, and clamor of the city above. Watch Dan’s entire talk here »
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