Living in Hudson Square
Many Manhattan maps don't show Hudson Square as a neighborhood, but that won't make rentals there any harder to find. Sometimes called West SoHo, Hudson Square runs west of Sixth Avenue to the Hudson River. Its northern border is West Houston Street and, to the south, it's Canal Street. While the community (and real estate agents) coined the neighborhood name recently, it is a unique part of the city with its own character. This used to be the city's Printing District and it's still a creative center. Advertising, new media, design, and communications are Hudson Square industries.
This neighborhood is where the term "New Yorkers" comes from. A letter George Washington sent from Varick Street contains the name's earliest known published use. The area is mostly owned by the Trinity Church. This dates back to the 1700s when Queen Anne gave around six million square feet of land to the parish. The piano company, Steinway & Sons was also founded here in 1853. Now Clear Channel, Viacom, and Miramax have offices in Hudson Square. It's also known for holding down the New York end of the Holland Tunnel.
Hudson Square Lifestyle and Entertainment
Hudson Square is the place to find some of Downtown's hipper nightclubs. All of the area's young, creative workers need an outlet for their after work energy! Clubs here include Blur and SOB's. Bars are easy to find as well. The Ear Inn bar operates out of a house built for one of George Washington's aides in 1817. Entertainment options include the SoHo Playhouse and Film Forum.
If you're feeling hungry, the Art Institute of New York serves up snacks made in its culinary school. Pão! cooks Portuguese food in a restaurant that feels a bit film noir. There are plenty of service businesses in Hudson Square, but relatively little retail. For green space and open air, Hudson River Park is your best bet.
Hudson Square Info and the Rental Market
Apartment rentals in Hudson Square are frequently found in new condo buildings, like the Trump Soho. You can also find Federal-style town houses in the neighborhood. Rents, however, are higher than people expect. West SoHo may be the countries most expensive place to live, with average rents of $7,782 a month!
The neighborhood is home many of the creative professionals who work in the area, plus some who predate the newer, luxury developments. There's good transportation on subways and buses from Hudson Square. If you want to head to New Jersey, the Holland Tunnel couldn't be closer.
Hudson Square Resources
Hudson Square has a US Post Office on King and Varick streets but no public library. There are a few schools in the area, including Public School 621 and the NYC iSchool. Hudson Square operates under the guidance of Manhattan Community Board No. 2.
Hudson Square Zip Codes
Zip codes serving Hudson Square are 10013 and 10014.