The Hudson Square Connection is exploring creative ways to build upon the safe and clean foundation already existing in Hudson Square. We are engaged in a broad range of programs and projects designed to enhance the quality of life for the people who work in our neighborhood. We will be addressing traffic congestion and streetscape with a fresh approach – beautifying the public spaces, enhancing the retail environment and creating a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood full of economic, social and environmental resources.

More than planting trees and installing bike racks, we will make changes to the sidewalks, roads and other elements of Hudson Square’s infrastructure to better manage stormwater run-off, reduce waste and save energy. In doing so, the Hudson Square Connection will be advancing the City’s sustainability objectives outlined in OneNYC: The Plan for a Strong and Just City.

Pedestrian Traffic Managers (PTMs)

Pedestrian Traffic Managers (PTMs) are placed along Varick Street between West Houston and Spring Streets with the explicit purpose of helping pedestrians and cyclists safely cross Varick Street when Holland Tunnel-bound traffic is at its worst during the PM rush. read more

Streetscape Maintenance

As part of our Hudson Square Is Now streetscape improvement plan, we have installed nearly 60 trees, 3,000 square feet of permeable pavement, 11 benches, over 35 bike racks, while also creating temporary open space at Freeman Plaza. As of August 2014 we have begun our maintenance of these neighborhood investments. read more

Marketing Your Business

The Hudson Square Connection uses multiple channels of distribution to share information about the BID’s work, branding the neighborhood and producing materials and events highlighting the area’s businesses and attractions. read more

Neighborhood Beautification

A central goal for the Connection is to make our neighborhood a model of urban sustainability. To accomplish this, we have a five-year plan with several components. We’ve already begun, planting the first of 300 trees with widened tree pits and an innovative drainage and paving system. Once our plan is completed, we will have improved our air quality, captured over 5 million gallons of water, and sequestered carbon dioxide equivalent to 34 round-trip flights between NYC and LA annually. read more

Connection Card

The Connection Card is our “buy local” program benefiting both local workers and retailers with special offers and discounts. Present the card at participating retailers to receive a special offer. For a full list of participants and promotions visit the Connection Card page on our website.read more