The Hudson Square Business Improvement District opened, marking the completion of the 10-year Business Improvement District Master Plan. On July 12, 2022, Mayor Eric Adams, along with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Hudson Square Business Improvement District (BID), unveiled the revamped streetscape of Hudson Street, marking the completion of the district’s first 10-year business improvement master plan, Hudson Square is Now, which launched in 2012.
First 10 Year Plan – Hudson Square is now
The 10-year master plan, covering six different projects, cost $27 million, funded equally through a public-private partnership by the Hudson Square Business Improvement District and through New York City public funds. The plan aimed to improve and manage traffic, create open space and a pedestrian-friendly environment, build a healthy environment through street landscaping, create a neighborhood identity, support retail, and identify and implement sustainable opportunities.
The Hudson Street Streetscape is located on Hudson Street, Manhattan, between Canal and West Houston Streets. The streetscape cost $13 million, was completed with 87% minority- and women-owned businesses, and used the Design-Build process known to accelerate the construction process with more communication, efficiency, innovation and financial incentives for on-time delivery .
Hudson Square Business Improvement District President and CEO Samara Karasik and Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine expressed their delight that the Hudson Street area, which has always been notorious for traffic congestion due to its proximity to the Holland Tunnel, has become in a vibrant, attractive, safe and attractive place where residents and visitors can enjoy themselves.
Hudson Street’s streetscape now includes 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 for cafes, approximately 170 additional seats through new benches, sheltered parking and a special bicycle lane and 20 new bicycle parking spaces, which amounts to 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 recently renovated Hudson Street to the rest of Lower Manhattan by connecting Hudson Street to Tribeca, East Houston Street and Hudson River Park. For a more detailed look at 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 access to the Hudson River area.
The Greenwich Street Gateway is currently not pedestrian friendly and is blocked by Tribeca from Canal Street. The plan is to connect with Hudson Square from the south by enhancing the pedestrian space through a planned median refuge island and by placing an iconic sculpture at the gateway. The curbside space on Greenwich Street will be reconfigured by implementing a modular decking system and amenities such as lighting and seating will be added to accommodate pedestrians and retailers and make the retail area more people-friendly.
Sufficient electrical capacity to host events as well as public art exhibitions will span the gates of the UPS building. A new bicycle link and a new bridge link will be added on Spring Street to allow 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 mixture of activity and narrow sidewalks with no visual aspects. An elevated bike lane will be created along the entire stretch between East River Park and the Hudson River for the convenience and safety of bicyclists. Sidewalks will be widened and greenery, seating and lighting will be added for pedestrian comfort.
Multiple nodes will be proposed for art murals and activations, and a portal will be added to the loading docks between Varick and Hudson and the 395 Hudson ground floor. With all these changes, the Business Improvement District hopes to attract more pedestrians to take this path.
The Hudson Square area doesn’t have as easy access to the Hudson River parkland as other neighborhoods, especially with the 9A freeway blocking the way. 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.
As it stands, not many people consider or actually have access to the Hudson Square area where the future bridge will stand. To attract more pedestrians to this area, the Business Improvement District plans to build and plant oblong pots near 550 Washington and install temporary murals and lighting at the southwest corner of the sanitary garage to direct people across the mid-block to River Park Hudson. and therefore the coast.
The new 10-year plan will need $22 million, funded through a public-private partnership. An additional $40 million will be needed to build the new Spring Street Bridge connecting the Hudson Square area to Hudson River Park.
from: Little Amar (Malka is a CityLaw intern and a student at New York Law School, Class of 2023.)
Economic Development Corporation: Mayor Adams, NYCEDC, DOT, Hudson Square Business Improvement District Unveil Newly Renovated Hudson Street (July 12, 2022).