A refined mix of loft-style buildings and quiet residential pockets has long defined the Hudson Square District of Manhattan, a unique section of New York City rapidly becoming a thriving enclave at the intersection of West SoHo, TriBeCa, and the West Village. Though the brimming potential of Hudson Square has been apparent to many Manhattanites for years, former zoning restrictions kept the neighborhood in a near-stagnant stasis as they did not allow for much new residential construction. While luxury condos were consistently rising in SoHo and TriBeCa, Hudson Square was unable to ascend at the same rate.
Fortunately, in March 2013, the long-awaited rezoning of Hudson Square was approved by the City Council of New York. Consisting of more than 3,200 new housing units, luxury condominiums, an elementary school, and additional funding for recreational spaces, the new zoning laid the groundwork for a more fully formed and diverse residential neighborhood that could still maintain its historic character.
Since rezoning, Hudson Square has begun to infuse its residential and retail sectors with new life. The construction of luxury apartments and an influx of fine dining establishments and retail options have already begun to give the area a welcome sense of excitement. The neighborhood has welcomed an outpost of Westville (a chic farm-to-table eatery with locations in the West and East Village), artisanal chocolatier Jacques Torres, and hipster coffee outpost La Colombe. Just across Sixth Avenue lies one of the city’s best shopping areas featuring luxury brands such as Chanel and Louis Vuitton alongside adventurous labels like COS and & Other Stories.
Hudson Square is home to some cultural gems, too: SoHo Playhouse at 15 Vandam Street has been a mainstay in the neighborhood since the 1920s, hosting intimate off-Broadway performances; The Greene Space at 44 Charlton Street is a low-key venue for a variety of New York Public Radio tapings; and the beloved Children’s Museum of the Arts at 103 Charlton Street is the spot for hands-on arts projects, performances, and classes for kids and families.
The thoughtful rezoning of Hudson Square means its historic character and comfortable scale will remain intact as new residents, businesses, and cultural institutions make their home here. For long-time residents and recent arrivals alike, the flowering of this enclave is a welcome new chapter in lower Manhattan’s always-enthralling story.