Last time the Lowline threw an “anti-gala” (i.e., a gala but cooler) Adrian Grenier and others raised $30,000 for the proposed underground park. It’s uncertain just how much Lena Dunham and her co-host, the Lower East Side’s own Spike Jonze, raised at a $1,500-a-head dinner last night, but we can tell you this much: not only was Dunham’s Lowline-print dress fetching, but it fetched $3,000 at auction.
The dress was created by Rachel Antonoff using a rendering of the underground park that a growing number of residents, elected officials and celebs want to create inside of a historic trolley terminal under Delancey Street. And she wasn’t the only Antonoff involved in the fundraiser at Skylight Modern, down the block from the High Line. Her brother (and Dunham’s boyf) Jack played the after-party with his band Bleachers.
And naturally, James Murphy of DFA Records and LCD Soundsystem DJed.
Attendees, we’re told, included film-world types like Ed Norton, Laura Prepon, and Megan Ellison as well as senators Cory Booker and Charles Schumer and City Council members Margaret Chin and Corey Johnson.Alas, we weren’t there for any of this but the publicists were nice enough to tell us what we missed. Dunham, they say, has called the Lowline “a downtown New York landmark / attraction / community space of the sort that we so desperately need in a post 9/11 city.” Last night, she also said of the project: “The idea of being able to create a sunlit atmosphere underground, there’s something so surreal about that. It really feels like we are living in the future, and the future is now.”
Before the event, Dunham said the Lowline’s design “feels like the Jetsons” and applauded the way its boosters have “engaged the youth downtown New York and has given them a sense that this is their park.”
Back in June, team Lowline was planning to determine the ideal location of access points and solar receptors that would bring natural light into the subterranean park. According to representatives, no major updates were shared at last night’s event. Construction still depends on the city granting access to the space, which would first have to be turned over by the MTA.