Hudson Square

Coordinates: 40°43′36″N 74°00′22″W / 40.7268°N 74.0060°W / 40.7268; -74.0060

Federal style houses, c.1820, on Charlton Street in the Charlton-King-Vandam Historic District
For the park in New York City once known as Hudson Square, see St. John's Park.

Hudson Square is a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, New York City approximately bounded by West Houston Street to the north, Canal Street to the south, Sixth Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) to the east and the Hudson River to the west.[1] To the north of the neighborhood is Greenwich Village, to the south is TriBeCa, and to the east is SoHo. The area once was known as the Printing District, and into the 21st century it remains a center of media-related activity, including in advertising, design, communications, and the arts.[2]

Within the neighborhood is the landmarked Charlton-King-Vandam Historic District, which contains the largest concentration of Federalist and Greek Revival style row houses built during the first half of the 19th century. The most prominent feature within the neighborhood is the Manhattan entrance to the Holland Tunnel. The tallest structure in the neighborhood is the Trump SoHo hotel.

The Spring Street subway station (A C E trains) serves the neighborhood, as do several bus lines.


When George Washington led the defense of New York against the British in 1776, his headquarters were located at the Mortier House at what is now Charlton and Varick Streets. One of the earliest known uses of the term "New Yorker" in a published work is found in a letter that he wrote from Lower Manhattan.[3]

The neighborhood was home to the first African-American newspaper in the United States, called Freedom's Journal, edited by John Russwurm and Samuel Cornish from March 16, 1827 to March 28, 1829. The newspaper provided international, national, and regional information on current events and contained editorials declaiming against slavery, lynching, and other injustices.[4]

Trinity Wall Street owns substantial commercial real estate in Hudson Square.[5]

Points of interest

The SoHo Playhouse
One Hudson Square, at Canal and Varick Streets

See also


  1. Mooney, Jake (August 20, 2010). "Living in Hudson Square". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-12-30.
  2. "Extra! Extra! Media firms move to Hudson Square". The Villager. October 3, 2007. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
  3. "New York Times Correction". Retrieved 2014-01-07.
  4. Bacon, Jacqueline (2007). Freedom's Journal: The First African-American Newspaper. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. p. 37. ISBN 978-0-7391-1893-1. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
  5. Sharon Otterman (April 24, 2013). "Trinity Church Split on How to Manage $2 Billion Legacy of a Queen". The New York Times. Retrieved April 25, 2013.
  6. "About Ear Inn". The Ear Inn. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
  7. Amateau, Albert (August 27, 2003). "Ear Inn has colorful history and uncertain future". The Villager. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
  8. "Did You Know - Holland Tunnel". Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
  9. Violette, Richard (2000) Library Journal Review of My Life and The Paradise Garage: Cheren, Mel et al. (2000). My Life and The Paradise Garage: Keep On Dancin' . Hardcover: ISBN 0-9678994-0-0. Retrieved January 21, 2008.
  10. Pareles, Jon (June 18, 2000). "Paradise Garage, a Gay Club That Forever Changed Night Life", The New York Times. Retrieved January 21, 2008.
  11. "Mainstage". SoHo Playhouse. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
  12. "Steinway History". Steinway & Sons. Retrieved 2010-07-31.

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