Hudson Square revamp aims to increase foot traffic, retail activity

November 22, 2010 12:41PM

The Hudson Square neighborhood, a Lower Manhattan enclave once known for its concentration of printing and publishing firms, is set to get a major facelift, according to Crain’s. The area, which critics say has too great a level of industrial activity, will receive a neighborhood-wide redesign in the coming months, according to Hudson Square Connection, the neighborhood’s business improvement organization. The plan, led by design firm Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, is still in its early stages and few details have been laid out thus far. But Ellen Baer, president of Hudson Square Connection, said the main goal is improving foot traffic and making the area a retail and food destination. “We want to reclaim [the neighborhood] for pedestrians,” Baer said. “There are very few places where people can sit and enjoy lunch here. We want to create those oases and green spaces.” It was not immediately clear how much will be invested in the project. [Crain’s]