HUDSON SQUARE –There was a lot of excitement in the news today about Disney’s announcement that it will “move its New York operations from its longtime home on the Upper West Side to Hudson Square, the downtown neighborhood once known as the printing district now being refashioned into a home for media, advertising, internet and other ‘creative’ companies” (to quote the New York Times).
Disney plans on constructing a one-million-square-foot complex at 4 Hudson Square, which is owner Trinity Real Estate’s address for the full block bordered by Spring, Hudson, Vandam, and Varick. The articles don’t spend much time on the demolition of the four buildings currently on the lot, but make no mistake: Their fate—as well as their tenants’—is sealed. (How long it’ll take is an open question.
“Disney’s operations won’t be moving soon,” wrote the Wall Street Journal. “The company is still in the early stages of its planning for the new building.”) While Disney’s move might very well ultimately be good for the burgeoning Hudson Square neighborhood, it will come at a price. Here’s a look at the character to be lost forever.