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Thoughts on the area? Great buildings but we couldn't figure who lives or works there.
Agreed - it's a cool part of the city. Still has some of that desirable "grit". However - a few things to know...
1. The city has posted an RFP to update the urban design (see http://ny.curbed.com/tags/hudson-square-rezoning).
2. The Sanitation building is going up now. Could prove to be, well, stinky.
3. Lots of new housing stock in development.
Here are a few generalizations:
Lives there: professionals, young couples, and artsy-types (all generally monied)
Works there: marketers, architects, creatives, some tech
Which buildings, in particular, appeal to you?
255 Hudson has some celebs...as does the Glass House blding on Spring St. Up and coming neighborhood. Great locale nestled between soho and tribeca.
I know the area very well. The tunnel traffic is obscene. There are a number of federal and city agencies in the area too...can't exactly remember which ones.
Oh yay, celebs...
West Chelsea has high line park pulling up the values. This area does not have any such catalyst.
I'm not a huge fan of this area. Is a little quiet and most of the restaurants are a bit wanky.
The King-Charlton-Vandam district is cute and close to a lot of great western Soho shopping and restaurants. Great transport options, walking distance to Soho, Tribeca, West Village, etc. If you can handle the tunnel traffic, this area seems like one of the rare downtown areas with some upside. I'd be careful being too close to the sanitation facility though.
A lot of office buildings 6th Ave west just north of Canal would be great converted to residential.