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Hundreds of colorful paper cranes have been installed in Hudson Square

Will Gleason
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Will Gleason
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Hundreds of cranes are currently blanketing Hudson Square, but just don’t expect any new construction anytime soon.

The cranes are actually of the paper bird variety, and part of a massive new public art installation called #1000cranes, organized by Hudson Square Connection. The creative paper art installation features origami cranes that were made and installed by members of the local community. It’s inspired by an ancient Japanese legend stating that 1,000 cranes will offer the power to promote a positive wish or goal. (Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be a corresponding legend for pigeons which would make New Yorkers the luckiest people in the world.)

“Our Hudson Square community is all about the positive power of people and their creative vision—and we look forward to seeing residents and visitors share their wish for the world,” said Ellen Baer, president and CEO of the Hudson Square BID. “There has never been a better time to stop by Hudson Square, absorb the positive energy and enjoy everything our vibrant community has to offer.”

You can head down to Freeman Plaza West on Hudson Street between Watts and Broome Streets to see the cranes for yourself, take a pic and make your own wish on social media using the hashtag #1000cranes. Currently, the origami cranes are scheduled to remain in flight and on view through October 31.

Check out some more photos of the cranes below!

Photograph: Courtesy Hudson Square Connection

Photograph: Courtesy Hudson Square Connection

Photograph: Courtesy Hudson Square Connection

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