A street view of the New Hudson Square Business Improvement District has been unveiled

A street view of the New Hudson Square Business Improvement District has been unveiled

Mayor Adams joins the Hudson Square BID to celebrate the new streetscape. Image credit: Michael Appleton/City Hall Photo Office

The Hudson Square Business Improvement District opened, marking the completion of a 10-year master plan for the Business Improvement District. On July 12, 2022, Mayor Eric Adams, along with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), the New York Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Hudson Square Business Improvement District (BID), opened the renovated Hudson Street, marking the first 10-year anniversary of the Business Improvement District. the completion of the master plan, Hudson Square is Now, launched in 2012.

The First 10-Year Plan – Hudson Square is now

The 10-year Master Plan, which includes six different projects, cost $27 million, funded equally by the Hudson Square Business Improvement District and New York City public funds through a public-private partnership. The project aimed to improve and manage traffic flow, create open space and a pedestrian-friendly environment, build a healthy environment by greening the streets, establish a neighborhood identity, support retail and identify and implement sustainable opportunities.

Hudson Street Street View is located on Hudson Street in Manhattan, between Canal and West Houston Streets. The streetscape cost $13 million, was completed with 87% minority- and women-owned businesses, and used a Design-Build process that accelerates the construction process through financial incentives for greater communication, efficiency, innovation and on-time delivery.

Hudson Square Business Improvement District President and CEO Samara Karasik and Manhattan Borough President Mark Levin expressed their delight that the Hudson Street area, which has always been known for its car congestion due to its proximity to the Holland Tunnel, is becoming a vibrant, attractive area. a safe and attractive place for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Hudson Street now has more than 8,000 square feet of new green space planted with trees, shrubs and perennials, more than 2,000 square feet of additional sidewalk cafes, about 170 additional seats through new benches, sheltered parking and a dedicated bike lane. lane and 20 new bicycle parking spaces for a total of 70 bicycle parking spaces in the area.

Second 10-year plan – Hudson Square. new connections

The Business Improvement District is now planning a new 10-year master plan, Hudson Square; New connections to better connect the newly renovated Hudson Street to the rest of Lower Manhattan by connecting the Hudson Street to Tribeca, East Houston Street and Hudson River Park; To learn more about the new 10-year Master Plan, click here.

The new 10-year Master Plan focuses on three areas: the Greenwich Street Gateway, the Houston Street Mobility Corridor, and the entrance to the Hudson River Park area.

The Greenwich Street Gateway is currently uninviting to pedestrians and is blocked from Tribeca by Canal Street. The plan is to connect to Hudson Square from the south, increasing the pedestrian area through a planned medieval sheltered island and installing the iconic gateway sculpture. The curb space on Greenwich Street will be reconfigured to introduce a modular decking system, and amenities such as lighting and seating will be added to accommodate pedestrians and retailers and make the commercial space more human-friendly.

Sufficient electrical power to host events as well as public art displays will be distributed within the gate range of the UPS building. A new bike link and a new Spring Street Bridge will be added to provide easier access to the Hudson River Park area.

The Houston Street Mobility Corridor connects East River Park to Hudson River Park. This corridor has a mix of activity and narrow sidewalks with no visual aspects. For the convenience and safety of cyclists An elevated bike lane will be created between East River Park and the Hudson River for the convenience and safety of cyclists. Sidewalks will be widened, landscaping, seating and lighting will be added for the convenience of pedestrians.

Multiple interchanges will be offered for art murals and activations, and a gate will be added between Varick and Hudson at the loading docks and on the ground floor of 395 Hudson. With all these changes, the Business Improvement District hopes to attract more pedestrians to take this route.

The Hudson Square area does not have as easy access to the Hudson River Park area as other neighborhoods, especially when the road blocks Route 9A. To get around this, the Business Improvement District plans to build a new bridge, the Spring Street Bridge, over the highway for pedestrians to cross and access the Hudson River Park area.

Thus, many people do not consider or actually enter the area of ​​Hudson Square where the future bridge will stand. To attract more pedestrian traffic to this area, the Business Improvement District plans to construct and plant long-lasting planters at 550 Washington St. and install temporary murals and lighting at the southwest corner of the sanitation garage to direct people to the Hudson River Park Midway Crossing. and hence the waterfront.

The new 10-year plan will require $22 million to be funded through a public-private partnership. An additional $40 million will be needed to build the new Spring Street Bridge, which connects Hudson Square to Hudson River Park.

By: Malka Amar (Malka is an intern at CityLaw and a student at New York Law School, Class of 2023.)

Economic Development Corporation. Mayor Adams, NYCEDC, DOT, Hudson Square Business Improvement District Unveiling Newly Renovated Hudson Street (July 12, 2022).

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