Offering full-floor spaces of 29,000 square feet, the 12-story, 350,000-square-foot 10 Hudson Square stands at 160 Varick Street between Charlton and Vandam Streets in the Hudson Square submarket, with the Spring Street C/E station just steps away. Trinity Real Estate, which owns the tower, recently completed a comprehensive, building-wide retrofit program that replaced 10 Hudson Square’s entrance, renovated its lobby, and upgraded restrooms, windows, and the building’s infrastructure which, in 2011, helped Trinity earn an Energy Star label for the tower, scoring an impressive 89.
Designed by architect Victor Mayper (who also designed a number of pre-war residential and commercial buildings in lower Manhattan, including Trinity’s own 155 Avenue of the Americas), 10 Hudson Square caters to creative and design firms: in fact, WNYC’s broadcasting studio is at street level along Varick Street. It’s also home to Mayor Bloomberg’s Hudson Incubator, a City-led initiative to assist small businesses which provides below-market, immediate-occupancy offices complete with business amenities. The Incubator is offered in conjunction with NYU-Polytechnic, which also provides seminars, mentors, and other support to participating companies.
Trinity itself has some of the most interesting history of New York City’s colorful real estate industry. Lower Manhattan’s Trinity Church parish was established by charter and a small land grant from King William III in 1697. In 1705, Queen Anne granted the parish “Church Farm,” a 215-acre grant for farm land north of what was at the time the extent of Manhattan. To raise money for the parish, Trinity leased lots and provided its own land grants – one of which was to establish King’s College (later renamed Columbia in a surge of post-Revolutionary War patriotism). The church continued to own or lease land for developers to build commercial or industrial buildings through the 19th and early 20th centuries, most of which were designed for printing houses to support the nearby Financial District and Wall Street firms.
Today, Trinity holds six million square feet across 18 buildings and 15 acres (8 percent of the original 215-acre land grant) in the vibrant Hudson Square submarket. Those buildings’ industrial history – large windows and high, loft-like ceilings – coupled with Trinity’s commitment to sustainability and operational efficiency – is positioning towers like 10 Hudson Square for a bright future serving commercial office tenants.
- 160 Varick St, New York, New York
- Hudson Square
- Energy Star
- Trinity Real Estate
- Victor Mayper
- Year Built
- Square Footage
- 350,000 square feet; typical 29,000–square–foot floor plates
- Earned Energy Star in 2011 with score of 89; home of New York City's Hudson Incubator initiative for small businesses and entrepreneurs.