255 Hudson Street

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255 Hudson Street, New York City, NY

255 Hudson Street

Exterior view of 255 Hudson Street
Building Information
Developer Metropolitan Housing Partners
Architect Handel Architects
Management Company RY Management1
Number of Units 64
Number of Floors 11
Year Built 2005
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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255 Hudson Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Over 30 options nearby
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C6-2A
Title of Land Condominium



255 Hudson Street in New York City is an 11 storey concrete and glass building with a mix of apartments and townhouses. With initial groundbreaking in January of 2005, the building was constructed by Metropolitan Housing Partners from a design by Handel Architects and was completed for occupancy in 2006.[1]

Entrance marquis

The land that is now SoHo, the local acronym for "South of Houston Street", was part of a grant of farmland that freed slaves from the Dutch West Indies Company, had given them in the early 1600s. It became the first black settlement on Manhattan. Later, development of the area did not really begin until the Common Council of the day approved the draining of "Collect Pond", formerly a source of fresh water for the island. However, it had become polluted and was a breeding ground for mosquitoes so a canal was built to drain the pond into the Hudson. The pond and the canal were filled in and once Broadway was paved and sidewalks existed, people started to move to the area.

By the mid 1800s, more solid structures came into being, using building materials such as stone and masonry with shells of cast iron. Hotels and large commercial buildings skinned with marble, soon followed. Theaters arrived and with the rapid growth, so too did numerous brothels. The shift in character of the district caused the local middle class to move away and soon, smaller manufacturing concerns such glass-makers, brass and copper companies, cabinet makers and lumberyards all moved in.

Next, the area became the dry-goods center of the city and the target of real estate speculation. This phase ended by about 1900 and the area began to decline. Post World War II, many of the large buildings were vacant and in a state of disrepair. By the 1950s, the area was known as "Hell's Hundred Acres", essentially an industrial wasteland of sweatshops, small factories, gas stations, and parking lots. But then, the artists of the 1960s took interest in SoHo and liked the spacious lofts and cheap rents for their studios.

SoHo - famous for its cast iron architecture

Things improved until today, SoHo is a much sought after location to live in. Although the artists have moved on due to high rents, residents still cling to the romantic notions of its colorful history and can boast about the greatest collection of cast iron architecture in the world. Of the 250 or so cast iron buildings standing in New York City, the majority of them are in SoHo.

Although 255 Hudson Street itself, does not incorporate architectural ideas of cast iron artistry, its shiny glass facade does 'reflect' the cast iron artistry of its nearby neighbors.


The building is located in SoHo (SOuth of HOuston Street) where the neighborhood converges with TriBeCa (TRIangle BElow CAnal Street), and the West Village, a portion of Greenwich Village. It is situated between Hudson Street and Renwick Street and oriented halfway between Canal Street and Spring Street.

Despite the sometimes formidable traffic around the entrance to the Holland Tunnel, the area is extremely popular due to the creation of the Hudson River Park, a 550 acre park that is second largest in Manhattan after Central Park. Because Hudson River Park was built along the bank of the Hudson River, its long and narrow contour is conducive to the 5 mile walking and bicycling paths running along its length. The park is also the location of the Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment Complex which features tennis courts, playing fields, a batting cage, a skating rink, and a rock climbing wall, just to name a few.

The neighborhood immediately surrounding 255 Hudson Street literally dozens of food and drink establishments all within a few hundred feet of the door step. More than 40 schools of all mind sets are within a mile of the building, including NYU, the famous New York University. One could even swing over to the New York Trapeze School on Pier 40 of the Hudson River Park.

Food shopping is readily available if not at the door step, then certainly around the corner. A wide variety of market choices exist in SoHo, enough to satisfy any ethnic desire. Can't decide on tonight's cuisine? Then have a coffee one of the more than 50 coffee shops within the half mile radius. If SoHo is not enough, hop on the public transit system of New York City and explore further. Stops are only a few hundred feet away.[2]


255 Hudson Street - at the beginning

255 Hudson Street is a concrete building with blue glass curtain wall facades. It has a set back that occurs on the ninth floor. At night, light spills to the street through slanted zinc panels at the base of the building. Handel Architects won awards for the design of the building including a 2008 Housing Design Citation from the Boston Society of Architects, and a 2008 Housing Design Citation from AIA New York.[3]

Interior floor layouts are mostly one and two bedroom units. Three of the units are duplex town homes with gardens that run 50 feet deep. Of the 64 apartments, many have ceilings that reach 9 feet 8 inches. Units feature floor to ceiling windows that have double panes to insulate both weather and sound. A roof top terrace has been included in the design complete with an outdoor shower for those sometimes hot and sticky New York summer days.

255 Hudson Street is located in a city zoning area, referred to as C6-2A, which reflects the neighborhood's prevailing low to mid-rise character. This zoning category permits both residential and commercial structures. Walls facing the street may not exceed 60 to 70 feet and the maximum building height can be 110 feet. The 11 storey structure of 255 Hudson Street is within these guidelines.[4]

Layout and Features

The suites feature exotic wood cabinetry, slate counter tops with green glass back splashes, marble and porcelain tiles, and hardwood flooring with floor to ceiling double-pane windows.

The building features 24-hour doorman, concierge service, and Zen Garden in the lobby, with 2 elevators to service the 64 suites on eleven floors. The lower 3 floors are duplexes, while the remaining floors feature 1 to 2 bedroom apartments.

The building and the view it offers

Additionally the building provides residents with Classic Car Club Manhattan and clubhouse membership, roof deck terrace, and outside lawn and shower. Several subway stops are less than half a mile away.[5]

Floor Plans

More than 50 floor plans are available for 255 Hudson Street. Here are some sample layouts:


Amenities at the 255 Hudson Street apartments include dishwashers, wine refrigerators, and soaking tubs. The building also provides residents with Classic Car Club Manhattan and clubhouse membership, concierge service, doorman, elevator, roof deck terrace, and outside lawn & shower. Conveniently, the building is nearby the Hudson River and downtown Manhattan, including Tribeca, Soho, and the West Village Here are some sample images of amenities from 255 Hudson Street.


255 Hudson Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Age No

  • Rentals are permitted at 255 Hudson Street
  • There are no age restrictions to ownership within the building


No specific listing exists, for 255 Hudson Street, within the United States Green Building Council list of projects which number over 40,000.[6] This suggests that the building was not built as 'green building'.

It seems, however, that 255 Hudson Street does have a few 'green' aspects going for it. The structure was built to include insulated windows and the they are tinted for solar filtration. The insulation factor cuts down both noise and influence from weather.

Also, residents have a roof top garden terrace for their use. The roof design to accommodate a roof garden has a high insulation factor as well. Additionally, residents of the 255 Hudson Street may contribute to overall benefit of the environment by:

  • Participating in New York City's extensive recycling programs
  • Choosing environmentally safe household paper and soap products
  • Ensuring that future renovations use renewable building materials and that construction waste is safely discarded
  • Use public transit, walk, or cycle for day to day needs rather than using a car


Neighborhood Naming

New York City's neighborhoods
  • Although it was a hub of activity for emerging artists and ideas in the 1970s, SoHo has since become a highly desirable tourist and residential area spawning the term "SoHo Effect" to describe gentrification.[7] The name "SoHo" refers to the area being "SOuth of HOuston (Street)", and was also a reference to the London district of Soho. It was coined by Chester Rapkin, an urban planner who was the author of the "South Houston Industrial Area" study, also known as the "Rapkin Report". This began a naming convention which has become a model for the names of new, emerging and re-purposed neighborhoods in New York such as:
    • TriBeCa - "TRIangle BElow CAnal Street"
    • NoHo - "NOrth of HOuston Street"
    • DUMBO - "Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass"
    • Nolita - "NOrth of Little ITAly"
    • NoMad - "NOrth of MADison Square"
    • ... among others.

Cast Iron Architecture

The Iron Bridge in England, is the first iron bridge in the world, 1779, and is attributed to launching the "Modern Industrial Age". Vehicular traffic was discontinued in 1965, but it is still in use today for foot traffic.
  • Before the advent of steel as a structural component of buildings, it was discovered that cast iron was easy to work with. Molds for facades were created and could be reused. The cost of cast iron as a decorative facade material was cheaper than brick or stone. Intricate designs could be created and because stone was usually the decorative material of choice, the cast iron designs could be painted a neutral beige or grey color to simulate stone. If one of the pieces broke, it was easy to re-cast a new piece to replace it.
  • Cast iron used as part of the construction was strong enough to allow larger windows and taller ceilings. Support columns could be sleeker and open spaces within could be vaster increasing a room's functionality. Cast iron was also used to revitalize older structures. Facades were added to "harden" structures for longer use. It was sometimes thought that cast iron was stronger than steel and that it would not burn. Well, it wouldn't burn, but it did warp during intense heat, such as from a fire, and would then crack as fire departments used cold water to fight the fire. It was eventually mandated that cast iron facades required a masonry backing before it was allowed to be installed on a building. But it was really the advent of steel that ended the cast iron era.[8]


  1. City Realty
  2. Walk Score
  3. Street Easy
  4. Department of Planning - document describing zone text
  5. Condo Domain
  6. USGBC - LEED Project List
  7. Wikipedia
  8. Wikipedia - SoHo, New York

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