What’s that you say? You’ve never heard of Hudson Square in Manhattan? Take solace in the fact that you’re not alone. Hudson Square does exist, and it’s not a new made-up nabe… it’s been around for quite some time. It’s bounded by Houston Street (and the West Village) to the north, Sixth Avenue–some would argue West Broadway–(and SoHo) to the east, Canal Street (and Tribeca) to the south, and a sliver of the Hudson River to the west.
Real estate types (read: brokers) like to call the area things like “West SoHo,” or “Northern Tribeca”–ironic as Tribeca stands for “Triangle BELOW Canal” and all of Hudson Square is ABOVE Canal Street. If I was smart, I would trademark the name TriAbCa (Triangle Above Canal) before they start calling it that. Still others try to extend the boundaries of the West Village to encompass this little-known nabe.
The appeal of Tribeca rental apartments, and West Village rental apartments, needs no lengthy explanation. Both downtown New York City neighborhoods boast beautiful, historic architecture on pretty, sometimes-cobblestoned streets (Tribeca is all about the post-industrial lofts; the West Village the cute townhouses).
Both also have thriving communities with excellent schools, services, and transportation options, and both offer the locals an inordinate amount of superb restaurants and bars, bakeries and cafes.
But all of that comes with a price. Both Tribeca and the West Village, it needn’t really be said, are extremely desired by Manhattan rental apartment seekers, and their housing prices are reflected accordingly. As in some of the highest in the city.
But even if you can’t find (or afford) that dream West Village or Tribeca apartment, there is an increasingly attractive alternative: that neighborhood in between, Hudson Square. In Manhattan, I swear. It exists even if you’ve never heard of it.
For decades one of Manhattan’s printing and manufacturing centers (with parts long knows as the Printers District), Hudson Square, after a period of semi-desolation, has been busy reinventing itself as a kind a hub for creative, technology firms and, somewhat ironically given its printing past, several publishing companies, and all of the eateries, nightlife, and bike-to-work culture that follows.
More recently, however, there has been a mini-boom of Hudson Square rental apartments coming to the market, as well as push to rezone the area that would allow for new residential development including, specifically, a 30-story Hudson Square rental tower and adjoining park to go on the land currently occupied by a Spring Street parking lot. Change is coming; change is already here.
Speaking of change in that part of town (or, in this case perhaps, the blessed lack thereof), the New York Post had an interesting piece about a micro-neighborhood on either side of Canal Street encompassing parts of Tribeca and Hudson Square.
Given its somewhat odd location to the immediate north and south of the always jammed entrance to the Holland Tunnel, this mico-neighborhood sits on something of a cul-de-sac. As such, there’s no through-traffic of the vehicular sort, nor even really any pedestrians other than residents of the Manhattan luxury rental apartments above.
It’s almost unthinkably quiet on these few blocks, especially given that these downtown rental apartments sit within blocks of some of the city’s most happening neighborhoods, but that is just the way the locals like it.
The conversion from a primarily industrial area to a mixed neighborhod including residential buildings has been underway for awhile now, and it may not be long before more people will know what you’re talking about when you say you live in this “new” neighborhood called Hudson Square in Manhattan.
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