New York Construction Report staff writer
A newly renovated Hudson Street streetscape —between Canal and West Houston Streets — features new green space, parking-protected bike lanes, widened sidewalks, lush plantings, and modern pedestrian amenities.
The $13 million streetscape was unveiled this week, the first infrastructure project in New York City to utilize the design-build process, which allows projects to be completed more quickly and efficiently.
“With this partnership, our city and our community are working together to make New York City safer, cleaner, and greener,” said Mayor Eric Adams. “This project has transformed Hudson Street into a model of urban design — securing roadway space for cyclists, enhancing the pedestrian environment, and unlocking public space.
“We are taking the dream of a livable and sustainable city and turning it into reality, making major investments in safety on our streets and in the quality of life that draws so many people to live and work in New York City. That’s what we call ‘Getting Stuff Done.’”
Additional improvements include:
- A dedicated, parking-protected bike lane
- 70 new bike parking spaces
- Over 8,000 sq. ft. of newly planted areas filled with various trees, shrubs, and perennials
- New, modern benches providing approximately 170 additional seats
- Over 2,000 sq. ft. for sidewalk cafes
“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 gather and cyclists to travel safely,” said NYCEDC President and CEO Andrew Kimball. “This project delivers on the mayor’s vision to create more open space and improve public safety. We thank DOT, Hudson Square BID, and the developers for their partnership.”
The Hudson Street Streetscape is part of the BID’s first 10-year master plan and marks its completion. The BID now begins its next 10-year plan, Hudson Square: New Connections. The plan will reinforce Hudson Square as part of the Lower Manhattan ecosystem, with new projects focused on neighborhood connections to Tribeca, East Houston Street, and Hudson River Park, with reimagined sidewalks and curb spaces that prioritize pedestrians and cyclists.
“We’ve transformed our neighborhood from a place known for its car congestion near the Holland Tunnel into a vibrant and welcoming neighborhood for pedestrians, filled with creative energy,” said Samara Karasyk, president and CEO, Hudson Square BID.