Design firm MNLA and their partners have completed the four key revitalizing projects comprising the Hudson Square BID’s ten-year, $27 million public realm master plan in Manhattan, New York City.
The partnership comprised the Hudson Square BID, the NYC Department of Transportation, and the NYC Economic Development Corporation.
The plan included far-reaching initiatives to create a socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable network of spaces to help revitalize this once-industrial downtown neighborhood.
Now, it is an epicenter of the city’s dynamic creative industries, home to more than 60,000 professionals in communications, new media, and design companies.
Here are the four component projects:
Hudson Street Reconstruction
Enhancing pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular traffic safety, transforming the corridor into a grand boulevard that will increase connectivity.
Over 8,000 square feet of planting areas are filled with trees, shrubs, and perennials, and the application of the Hudson Square Standard for urban forestry.
They used continuous tree pits and permeable pavers to maximize stormwater capture and support healthier trees.
New benches provide approximately 170 seats, and there are over 2,000 square feet of allowable space for future sidewalk cafes.
Sidewalk realignments, new pedestrian ramps, a dedicated parking-protected bike lane on Hudson Street from Houston to Canal Street, and more than 70 additional bicycle racks add to public enjoyment.
Spring Street Park
The gateway to Hudson Square, this half-acre triangular open space was reimagined to accommodate a variety of activities and active space for respite for area workers and residents alike.
Hudson Square Streetscape Standard
This award-winning initiative provides a signature, sustainable streetscape for the district, comprising 500 trees including both new and existing trees retrofitted using the HSS sidewalk tree planting system.
Combining structural soil, porous aggregate, permeable pavers, and distinctive tree guards, both the trees and the city benefit from captured stormwater, increased biomass, and real estate values.
Freeman Plaza East and West
Unused areas among the four Holland Tunnel approach routes were converted into spacious, sunlit green spaces offering many activities including lunchtime yoga, music events, a Noguchi play sculpture, a synthetic turf surface for events, and solar Wi-Fi charging stations.
All images © Elizabeth Felicella / MNLA.