Welcome to Hudson Square
A fresh, engaging, and historic neighborhood that is on the rise.
Hudson Square has been slowly but surely transforming into the new “it” neighborhood in lower Manhattan. Up and coming (emphasis on the “up”), the affluent community was known throughout the 20th century as the printing district. Today, the streets of Hudson Square — west of SoHo, north of Tribeca, and south of the West Village — brim with creative agencies that took over where printing presses vacated. You’ll see the likes of ABC Disney, Horizon Media, and Warby Parker in large, warehouse-style buildings next to a new wave of residential developments. (Oh, and that little firm Google is expanding its footprint here as well.)
Valuable real-estate opportunities exist for home buyers, whether they’re seeking a sleek apartment or condo high-rise, or one of the Federal-style or Greek revival homes in the Charlton-King-Vandam Historic District. Close to the water, the Holland Tunnel, and the hustle and bustle of SoHo and Tribeca, Hudson Square is an ideal place to reimagine life and reconnect with neighbors. Street and sidewalk improvements, public art, outdoor dining, and a refreshed cycling network make it easy to get here and sad to leave.
What to Love
- Parks, outdoor dining, and open-air performance spaces
- Historic architecture blended with modern residential complexes
- Up-and-coming vibe with value potential
- Easy access to the rest of the city
- Close to the waterfront
Hudson Square residents appreciate the creative buzz of the neighborhood and the opportunity to help the community find its own persona. You can start with a clean slate at a LEED-certified apartment complex or feel the history of the former printing district in a 19th-century rowhouse. You’ll love the area for its easy outdoor dining, urban parks, and children’s museum, the proximity to Soho and Tribeca, the happening calendar of events, and even weekly community happy hours.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
While many of the eateries in Hudson Square are on the rise as well, there are a few establishments that harken back to the glory days of the printing industry, and they’re still going strong. Grab beers and bites at the Ear Inn, one of the city’s oldest bars, circa 1817. Prohibition iced tea or a speakeasy dark and stormy complement fried veggie dumplings, chicken pot pie, and the fish of the day. Check their calendar for live music performances.
Celebrate the return of summer at the pop-up Gitano Garden. Bringing the Tulum jungle to the concrete jungle of SoHo and the Hudson Square area, this seasonal restaurant, and mezcal bar is set in a 24,000-square-foot tropical garden with wooden pergola dining decks, coconut palms, a reflecting pool, and a meditation labyrinth — experiential dining at its best. Another Mexican favorite, Mitla tempts discerning palates with langostinos in chipotle sauce, Pollo con Mole Oaxaquenoand churros with Oaxacan-dark chocolate sauce.
Craving a burger, but you don’t eat meat? Head to Jerrell’s BETR BRGR, a late-night vegan burger joint in SoHo offering 100% plant-based burgers, fries, chili, and shakes. Inspired by their love for the planet, the owners envisioned a conscious, plant-based burger place that could make a real difference in our climate-challenged world. Don’t miss the oat-milk soft serve ice cream.
Things to Do
Go back in time as you stroll through the Charlton-King-Vandam Historic District, sitting on a street grid that was designed by Aaron Burr in 1797. Architecture buffs adore the Federal-style row houses, Greek Revival-style townhouses, and a Queen Anne-style former school. Continue your historic Hudson Square tour with a stop at the Fire Museum to learn from one of the nation’s most prominent collections of fire-related art, artifacts, and gear from the late 18th century to the present.
Culture seekers love the proximity of the SoHo Playhouse, a historic off-Broadway theater. In addition to an engaging line-up of performances, the theater opens its historic Huron Club on Thursday evenings for stand-up comedy and cabaret, hosted by the esteemed Alex Simmons. Art-loving kids flock to the Children’s Museum of the Arts, originally an artist’s SoHo studio and today a living collection of more than 2,000 works by children from more than 50 countries.
Churn out calories, not papers, at the Equinox Printing House, an exclusive health and wellness center with a Zen suite, a rooftop pool, and a landscaped sun deck overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Or, hop on your bike and get your endorphins on the Hudson River Greenway, which runs through a series of riverside parks and the west side of Manhattan.
Education opportunities in Hudson Square include:
PS 3 Melser Charrette School, PK-5, well-rated public elementary school
Baruch Middle School 104, 6-8, highly rated public middle school
High schools apply to various schools throughout NYC.