January 25, 2019
You may have seen the popular #10yearchallenge clogging up your feed on social media. What you may not know is that here in Hudson Square, the BID is ramping up to celebrate our 10 Year Anniversary! From barren streets to 250 new trees and empty lots to popular outdoor spaces, our neighborhood has experienced some tremendous growth in the past decade.The Hudson Square Standard
The BID has 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). We have planted a total of 250 trees in the formerly barren streets of Hudson Square!
This Summer, we opened Spring Street Park, the renovated space on Spring St. and Sixth Avenue. The renovation was a partnership between the City of NY and the BID. The open space had remained untouched since it was built in the 1970’s. The park boasts more trees, seasonal plantings, custom seating and lighting as well as concrete that evokes the neighborhood’s creative spirit and graphic design past.
When we first opened Freeman Plaza East and West, naysayers said that no one would go to a park near the Holland Tunnel. Today, Freeman Plaza East and West service 50,000 + visitors in the past season. Freeman Plaza West now boasts a 900 square foot turf lawn, solar powered charging stations, a little free library and a rotating menu of lawn and board games. People also participate in free summer fitness programs on our new turf lawn.