Mayor Adams, NYCEDC, DOT, Hudson Square Bid unveils newly renovated Hudson Street

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July 12, 2022

Streetscape and street safety improvements include widened sidewalks, protected bike lanes for parking and unique green spaces

The transformation marks the completion of BID’s 10-year master plan to transform ‘place for cars’ into ‘place for people’

NEW YORK – New York Mayor Eric Adams, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Hudson Square Business Improvement District (BID) today unveiled the newly renovated Hudson Street streetscape. The streetscape – located on Hudson Street between Canal and West Houston streets – includes new green spaces, parking-protected bike lanes, widened sidewalks, lush plantings and modern pedestrian amenities. The $13 million streetscape — complemented by an 87% overall participation rate of Minority and Women-Owned Businesses (M/WBE) — was the first infrastructure project in New York City to use the design-build process, which allows projects to be completed faster and more efficiently.

“Through this partnership, our city and our community are working together to make New York City safer, cleaner and greener,” said Mayor Adams. “This project transformed Hudson Street into a model of urban design – securing road space for cyclists, improving the pedestrian environment and unlocking public space. We’re taking the dream of a livable, sustainable city and turning it into reality, making major investments in the safety of our streets and in the quality of life that attracts so many people to live and work in New York. This is what we call ‘Getting Stuff Done’.

“NYCEDC is proud to have managed the city’s first design-build project to transform Hudson Street into a beautiful corridor for New Yorkers to congregate and cyclists to travel safely,” said NYCEDC President and CEO, Andrew Kimball. “This project fulfills the mayor’s vision to create more open spaces and improve public safety. We thank DOT, Hudson Square BID and the developers for their partnership.

“We are proud to have worked with EDC and Hudson Square BID to deliver essential improvements that beautify Hudson Street while supporting businesses and safe and efficient travel options,” said DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez. “This administration is committed to working alongside the private sector to improve the way we do projects like these, and we appreciate the support and vision of Hudson Square BID.”

“The beautiful renovations along Hudson Street showcase BID’s ongoing efforts to create an attractive, safe and inviting experience for people who work, visit and live in Hudson Square,” said Samara Karasyk, President and CEO, Hudson Square BID. “We have transformed our neighborhood from a place notorious for car congestion near the Holland Tunnel into a dynamic, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood filled with creative energy. The completion of this project marks a new beginning as we begin our next 10-year plan with a new slate of projects that showcase our fantastic neighborhood and build on our rich past.

Additional improvements include:

  • A dedicated bike path protected from parking;
  • 70 new bicycle parking spaces;
  • Over 8,000 square feet of newly planted areas filled with various trees, shrubs and perennials;
  • New modern benches offering approximately 170 additional seats; and
  • More than 2,000 square feet for sidewalk cafés.

“Ten years ago, this stretch of Manhattan was synonymous with Holland Tunnel congestion. Now, thanks to the tireless work of Hudson Square BID, Hudson Street is a place people actually enjoy,” said Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine. “This streetscape is a model of how neighborhoods can become more vibrant and welcoming to pedestrians, cyclists and local businesses. I look forward to working with the BID on their next 10-year plan to continue to make Hudson Square safer and more beautiful.

“The future of New York City’s public space puts people first over cars, and I’m so proud we’ve done that along Hudson Street,” said New York City Council member Erik Bottcher. “Wider sidewalks, protected bike lanes and more greenery will make this part of our neighborhood an attractive destination. Thank you NYCEDC, NYC DOT and the Hudson Square BID for working together to make these exciting improvements a reality.

“Many residents have contacted CB2 to share their impression of the improved streetscape, plantings and, in particular, the protected bike path that now connects Hudson Square to the West Village,” said Jeannine Kiely, Chair, Manhattan Community Board 2 (CB2). We are thrilled with the green, clean, and safe renovations to Hudson Street, and look forward to working with BID, NYCEDC, NYC DOT, and the local community on implementing the next 10-year plan.

The Hudson Street landscape is part of the BID’s first 10-year master plan and marks its completion. The IDB is now embarking on its next ten-year plan, Hudson Square: new connections. The plan will strengthen Hudson Square as part of the Lower Manhattan ecosystem, with new projects focusing on neighborhood connections to Tribeca, East Houston Street and Hudson River Park, with redesigned sidewalks and curb spaces that prioritize to pedestrians and cyclists.

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