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More trees added in Hudson Square as part of ongoing project

(Courtesy Hudson Square BID)

A greening initiative in Hudson Square continues to make progress, with more trees planted recently, according to an announcement in late January by the Hudson Square Business Improvement District (BID).

The BID partners with NYC Parks on Hudson Square Standard, which aims to add trees to the neighborhood. The most recent phase included planting and retrofitting 28 trees in Hudson Square, bring the project’s total to 278 trees since the fall of 2013.

Once all the installed trees mature, they will have big benefits for the local environment, the BID noted, including reducing pollutants and lowering temperatures during hot summer months. The trees will produce over 14,000 pounds of oxygen, the BID said, and remove over 122,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

 “Our city’s street trees are a vital resource, and planting them the correct way can greatly increase their chances of survival,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver in a statement. “We are proud to have partnered with the Hudson Square Business Improvement District on the Hudson Square Standard project, and encourage all New Yorkers to be conscientious stewards of our vast urban forest.”

The tree-planting announcement comes shortly after a groundbreaking for another BID project in the area, which is a redesign of a stretch of Hudson Street, being done with the NYC Dept. of Transportation and NYC Economic Development Corporation. That project will alter a seven-block stretch and include adding protected bike lanes, expanding sidewalks, and adding plantings and benches in the area.

Gabe Herman