Seen & Heard: More Redevelopment in Hudson Square

••• I did something I rarely do and called 311 about the dead tree branch in City Hall Park hanging over the sidewalk on Broadway between Chambers and Warren. I got a response saying the Parks Department would investigate it in person. Until it does something about it, you might want to avoid that stretch on a windy day.

••• “Are there any open-mic nights around here?” asks M. I don’t know of any….

••• B. reports that another Hudson Square building is getting redeveloped with a big modern topper: “The building at 163 Varick (southwest corner of Charlton and Varick, former home of Jazzy’s Fine Foods), is being redeveloped as a ‘Class A boutique office building.’ It will be gut renovated, with five new stories added on top. It will be rebranded as 60 Charlton Street. Their website has a really snazzy rendering.” You have to admire the way the rendering utterly diminishes the crappy Four Points by Sheraton hotel next door.

••• 65 W. Broadway is still deep in the foundation-digging phase.

••• This truck appeared to be scrubbing and/or buffing the asphalt, something I’ve never seen in all my years of walking around this area. UPDATE 7/26: See James’s comment and the third photo: The truck was prepping the street for line repainting.



  1. DOT has a spec online for water blasting. Perhaps that is what was going on?

    Water Blasting for Surface Preparation & Marking Removal
    09/15/15 Revised 07/14/2017

    DESCRIPTION.  This work shall consist of cleaning and preparing Portland cement and bituminous pavement surfaces for the application of reflectorized pavement marking materials utilizing a combination of grinding and water blasting – both with vacuum recovery of debris.  Examples of pavement markings requiring this item include, but are not limited to, paint, MMA, polyurea, thermoplastic and epoxy marking materials.

  2. Anyone know what is going in on the SE corner of Spring & Hudson. Lots of diggers there