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 BID 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 the first phase of 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.

By 2019, we had increased that number to 278 trees.  In 2020, we were able to apply the Hudson Square Standard to our expanded boundaries, and by the fall an additional 52 trees received the treatment.  The spring 2021 planting season officially brings our grand total to over 350 trees!

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

With 278 trees as of 2019, we estimate that the trees will:

  • Sequester approximately 122,320 pounds per year of carbon dioxide
  • Produce approximately 14,178 pounds per year of oxygen
  • lower the temperature by 5 degrees during the summer months

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:

  • 2021 Included in the NYC Urban Forest Agenda

  • 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.
Download the Streetscape Improvement Plan

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

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