While Hudson Square is classic New York, it’s also evolving to blend its present with its rich past. Today, the area’s notable Federal and Greek Revival structures stand alongside cutting-edge restaurants and cultural institutions as well as modern residences. The dynamic neighborhood continues to develop into one that has it all, from stunning residential options like the luxury apartments at 70 Charlton to a wide variety of recreational and social venues.
Once known as the Printing District (the first African American newspaper was published here in the 1820s), Hudson Square is now home to graphic designers, architects, advertising agencies, and communications and digital media firms including the New York arm of TED Conferences. Directly across the street from 70 Charlton, WeWork’s SoHo West houses innovative startups and established businesses alike, creating a talent hub as impressive as any other in New York City. Companies set up in this prime downtown location because they know the Hudson Square lifestyle will attract astute professionals from around the world who are looking for a corner of the city where they can live, work, and play.
Entertainment is abundant in Hudson Square, which offers options for film buffs and music lovers as well as those looking for a relaxing happy hour or a night on the dance floor. For those falling into the film buff category, it’s easy to spend an entire day taking in the top classic, independent, and foreign films at Film Forum on West Houston. Of course, Hudson Square doesn’t just screen movies—it makes them as well, with industry stalwarts such as Epoch Films and Harbor Picture Company based here.
Hudson Square performance spaces include City Winery at 155 Varick Street, the best place to catch a wide array of artists in the acoustic pop/folk/rock vein. At City Winery’s famous Klezmer Brunch, a Sunday tradition featuring the Yiddish jazz form, you can enjoy Mediterranean-inspired eats and a beverage from the robust, global wine list while you listen. S.O.B.’s (Sounds of Brazil) at 204 Varick Street puts an Afro-Latin spin on your evening (think Tito Puente and Marc Anthony) with high-energy performances as well as DJ parties and a full restaurant. The Bossa Nova Brunch on Sundays features live music and Latin fare.
Media types in Hudson Square also appreciate the presence of WFAN, the most popular sports talk station in the country, and WNYC, New York City’s public radio station, both of which sit just minutes from 70 Charlton. Top record label Matador Records also makes its home in the neighborhood, as do countless design studios that specialize in fashion and decor. Hudson Square’s creative culture rivals that of any New York neighborhood.
Of course, life is not all about taking in calories and culture or working (even if it’s at your dream job, which Hudson Square businesses serve up in spades). When the time comes to burn off some extra culinary indulgences, supplement your exercise routine at the 70 Charlton fitness center by taking a five-minute walk to Physique 57 at 161 Avenue of the Americas, where the signature “Interval Overload” workout will target all your muscles. Follow that up with some stretches at one of the yoga studios in the neighborhood, or with a visit to Yamuna Body Rolling at 333 Hudson Street (right around the corner from 70 Charlton), where special balls are employed to relieve any tension hiding in sore muscles and joints.