Since July 2009, the Hudson Square Connection has overseen the transformation of Manhattan’s former Printing District into a thriving creative hub. Hudson Square, today, is buzzing with the energy of more than 40,000 workers in some 1,000 businesses, complemented by thousands of students, visitors and a growing residential population. In Hudson Square, imagination and technology come together to redefine what it means to be creative.
The area we manage is generally bounded by West Houston Street on the north, Canal Street on the south, 6th Avenue on the east, and Greenwich Street on the west.
Incorporated as a 501(c)3, not-for-profit organization, our formal name is the Hudson Square District Management Association, but we do business as the Hudson Square Connection. The geographic area we manage is a Business Improvement District (BID), one of 72 such areas around the city. Our signature programs include our Pedestrian Traffic Managers, the award-winning Hudson Square Standard—considered the platinum standard in urban forestry—and our nationally recognized streetscape program Hudson Square is Now, a $27 million public-private partnership with the City of New York. Our goal is to foster the physical, social, and cultural connections that give rise to a community where the spirit of innovation can flourish inside and out.
The Connection was unanimously approved as the 64th BID in New York City by the City Council on January 28, 2009. The BID is funded primarily through the payment of an annual assessment on commercial property with an annual budget of $2.5 million. The NYC Department of Finance disburses these funds to the BID through a contract with the Department of Small Business Services. In part, we measure the returns on this investment by the success of our businesses and the comfort and pride our workers, residents and guests take in this exciting community.