The Hudson Square BID continues to create open spaces in unexpected places! In 2019 we took the underutilized block on King Street between Greenwich and Hudson and created an outdoor space for people. We installed an interactive sculpture outside of Le Pain Quotidien and added a DOT Street Seat for extra outdoor seating. The community focused art piece, Common Ground by Risa Puno, literally brought people closer together with its unique design and seating elements. The piece celebrates harmony and diversity, two values that are core to Hudson Square’s identity. The interconnected tables and benches each different mosaic designs inspired by NYC’s unique mix of cultures and iconic architecture. The work was presented in partnership with New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program, with support from Hudson Square Properties and Le Pain Quotidien.
That year we also transformed two parking spots into a DOT “Street Seat”, a social public space that is open seasonally. The space was a partnership with DOT to create an attractive setting for eating, reading or taking a break with a friend. Our Street Seat had the following elements:
- Chairs and bistro tables
- Planters for additional greening
- Branded umbrellas for shade