During my last visit I ended up in the Lowline Lab. An experiment in the Lower East Side near an abandoned trolley station. If all goes according to plan this is where the Lowline will be realised. The world's first underground park. Only in New York City ...
As said, it is still in the experimental phase. And if you're into wild and crazy excitement then you might want to skip it. But if you're up for new things and want to look into the future and see a possible new and innovative cultural "only in New York" attraction, you really should take a look inside the Lowline lab. The community driven project has people with all kinds of backgrounds working hard to make it become real. Art, culture, horticulture, engineering and education are brought together here.
The Lowline is in the Lower East Side. Next to the Essex Street Market. Another special Lower East Side spot.
Up to March 2017 the Lowline lab is only opened on Saturdays and Sundays between 11 am and 5 pm (not to 4 like is mentioned on the picture below). There's no admission fee but a donation is very welcome. The location is 140 Essex Street (between Rivington and Stanton streets). Check here if there are any special events going on.
In case you feel like getting something to eat and drink and the Essex Street Market didn't have anything to your liking, be sure to check out Schiller's Liquour Bar. It's within 2 minutes walking distance of the Lowline. In Schiller's you'll experience the typical laid back LES vibe (it reminded me of The Smith). The food is good and so are the drinks (I had the best Moscow Mule ever here).