Before and After: Varick between Spring and Dominick Streets

Since the fall of 2013, the Connection has planted and retrofitted 250 trees throughout Hudson Square with our unique design, the Hudson Square Standard (HSS). The HSS is a new way of planting trees that yields major benefits. By expanding tree pits, using structural soil and adding permeable pavement, our trees capture more storm-water runoff, reduce carbon dioxide, and provide a cohesive neighborhood identity. We partnered with the Department of Parks and Recreation and the New York Tree Trust to plant or retrofit 250 trees in the neighborhood using the award-winning Hudson Square Standard.


Why plant trees?
Planting trees benefits everyone in Hudson Square. When our 250 trees are fully matured, they will have significant annual environmental and health benefits, including:

  • Reducing 130,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere
  • Producing 12,750 lbs. of oxygen
  • Reducing temperatures in the summer by 5 degrees
  • Improving air quality by reducing pollutants that cause asthma and other respiratory illnesses
  • Capturing nearly all the rain in a two-inch storm (this is equivalent to size Olympic size swimming pools)


We got a few new neighbors on our block! #HudsonSquare #PlantingTrees #GreenerNYC #ThanksHudsonSquare

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