Hudson Square—er, Soho—is getting a major upgrade (slide show)
Plans are in place to give the microneighborhood a $27 million makeover, with more trees, public seating and refashioned sidewalks
Fri Nov 15 2013
Rendering courtesy Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects
Rendering of Hudson Square
A vision for a more pedestrian-friendly lower Manhattan that floated more than a year ago is coming to life. Developers are calling this particular area Hudson Square—though the neighborhood borders make it a part of Soho, thank you very much—and it will receive a $27 million face-lift, the fruits of which you can see in the renderings above. Half of it will be funded by the city and the other half will come from the Hudson Square Connection, the Business Improvement District that is spearheading the makeover.
One of the main goals of the revamp is to make the area more welcoming to the creatives who work in the vicinity, so there will be public seating, tree plantings and lighting. Spring Street will be turned into a "main street" connecting Soho, Hudson Square and Hudson River Park. The group will also install WalkNYC signs to help pedestrians navigate.
Click through the slide show to see plans for the $7.6 million first phase of the project.
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