In 2012, we launched our first 10-year Master Plan focused on improving traffic flow, creating open spaces for people to connect, building a healthy environment by greening our streets, and making Hudson Square a place for people.
The plan was developed by a world-class team of designers through a truly collaborative effort with community stakeholders.
The key goals included:
- Manage traffic
- Create pedestrian-friendly environments
- Create open space
- Green the streets
- Define neighborhood identity
- Identify and implement sustainability opportunities
- Support retail
The plan was a $27 million public-private partnership – 50% of the capital costs were funded by the BID, and 50% through public New York City funds. The Hudson Square BID (HSBID) maintains and funds all operating costs for completed projects.
The first 10-year plan includes these completed projects:
We transformed Hudson Street from Canal to West Houston Street into a reimagined, green, bike and pedestrian-friendly boulevard that strengthens neighborhood connectivity, enhances traffic safety, and accentuates Hudson Street as a place to shop, stroll, socialize, and relax.
Spring Street Park
We renovated Spring Street Park for the first time since its opening in the 1970s, creating a haven for workers, students, residents, and visitors alike. Mature tree cover, engaging public programming, state-of-the-art trash bins, and a myriad of seating options make this park a peaceful, attractive entryway into Hudson Square.
Hudson Square Standard (HSS)
We developed a new platinum standard for urban forestry, planting and retrofitting over 500 trees and making the neighborhood more beautiful and pedestrian-friendly. HSS trees grow on average 12% faster than city standard trees, help offset carbon emissions from nearby Holland Tunnel car transit, and absorb stormwater runoff at higher rates than average thanks to our permeable pavers.
Freeman Plaza East
Renovated in 2021, Freeman Plaza East features lush plantings that act as a natural buffer, free Wi-Fi, and is ART PARK with a Noguchi sculpture, painted piano and mural at the plaza entrance.
Freeman Plaza West
Originally opened in 2013, Freeman Plaza West underwent a renovation in 2018, and now features a custom painted ping-pong table, free Wi-Fi and a 900 SF turf lawn.
Hudson Square Canvas
We partnered with large-scale muralists to decorate Varick Street with exciting, vibrant art, highlighting our neighborhood’s creative energy and human-scale streets. Situated on the industrial buildings and fences of our past, these forward-looking art pieces remind us every day of the bright future of Hudson Square.