8. SoHo Square
The renovation of SoHo Square at Sixth Avenue between Spring Street and Broome Street, an under-utilized open space, will establish a distinct gateway to the thriving hub of Hudson Square. The design derives its patterns and materiality from the area’s history as a printing district, while providing a variety of pathways, gathering areas, and seating to allow for diverse contemporary use of the site. Lush plantings provide a robust visual palette and permeable pavers and expanded tree pits enhance the overall health of the existing trees and capture stormwater runoff. A central focal point at the mid-block crossing will be anchored by the relocated statue of General José Artigas (1987) by José Luis Zorrilla de San Martín, which will be conserved as part of the project. This public-private partnership will create a pedestrian-friendly environment and improve the quality of life for the people who live and work in Hudson Square.
This project is by the Department of Transportation, the Department of Parks & Recreation, and the Hudson Square Connection Business Improvement District, designed by Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects.