"Don't trash the beauty of Hudson Square."
Our neighbors speak out against the irresponsible DSNY plan threatening our communities, and in support of the beautiful green initiative HUDSON RISE! Read their comments. See their photos. Contribute your thoughts, and photos of yourself, your family or colleagues, many of which will be posted on this site. Email brief messages and photos to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Note: We encourage you to identify your area of work, study or interest and whether you live, work or go to school in the area.)
"I grew up on Canal Street and have witnessed fight after fight in an effort to maintain the historical identity and character of our neighborhood. Hudson Rise is a refreshing shift in development, which is long over due. This is a collaborative effort with the city to make a positive transformation, for us all to take to control of the circumstances by creating this inspiring landscape."
"I've lived in the neighbourhood for ten years. I have a 16 year-old son and eleven year old twins, a boy and a girl. I love the development of the park along the river but would like to see a safer way to cross the highway. That is a big concern. I also welcome any other sports facities like a skating rink and a swimming pool. That would be wonderful."
Nancy Ross & 11 yr. old son Nathaniel Pearson
"On the increasingly vital amenity of our Hudson River waterfront for both neighbors and tourists we have the opportunity to build an iconic structure. Hudson Rise will be a landmark adding to downtown's already illustrious international list. Let's show vision."
Gary Stephan, painter living and working here for 35 years
"I've lived in Hudson Square since 1984. I haven't just watched it change -- by living here, I've been part of making it change. The printers left. The factories left. The piers rotted into the river. But those of us who lived here all through that transition knew that an amazing, livable neighborhood was emerging from a century of misuse of Manhattan's Lower West Side. We've invested not just our money in the area, but our lives. Honestly, we can't believe that the Bloomberg administration would turn its back on a quarter century of progress, and destroy what hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers -- private citizens and public servants alike -- have built here."
Rosemary Kuropat (writer + photographer), partner in slover [AND] company, a design and marketing firm.
"My studio has been downtown since 1987, and I moved here to live with Rosemary in 1994. After living uptown for 17 years, I thought I might miss the convenience. But I immediately fell in love with the quality of light, the creativity in the air, the sense of possibility. When you live downtown, you live both in New York's past and its future."
Susan Slover (designer), partners in slover [AND] company, a design and marketing firm.