The Hudson Square Standard

The Hudson Square Standard is an award winning design that reimagines the potential for urban sidewalks and tree planting. 

In the fall of 2013, the Connection partnered with the Department of Parks and Recreation and the New York Tree Trust to plant and retrofit trees throughout the Hudson Square neighborhood using our unique design – the Hudson Square Standard (HSS).  In 2016 we wrapped up our partnership having planted or retrofitted a total of 250 trees in Hudson Square! This is the first time a project like this has been implemented on a neighborhood wide scale.

The HSS reimagines the potential for urban sidewalks and tree planting that yields big environmental and health benefits including:

  • reducing 130,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere
  • producing 12,750 pounds of oxygen
  • reducing temperatures in the summer by 5 degrees
  • improving air quality by reducing pollutants that cause asthma and other respiratory illnesses
  • capturing nearly all the rain in a two-inch storm

Much of the ingenuity is not visible as it happens below the ground.

The Hudson Square Standard has been recognized and received the following awards:

  • 2015 Municipal Art Society Best New Urban Amenity Award

  • 2015 International Downtown Association Merit Award for Planning

  • 2014 American Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award

  • 2013 Norman Buchbinder Placemaking Award

The Hudson Square Standard for Green Infrastructure is an element of our $27 Million, 5-year Plan, Hudson Square is Now .

Learn more about the Hudson Square Standard with our booklet, Hudson Square Is Putting Down Roots.