Special Hudson Square District Zoning NYC

by | Last updated Feb 6, 2021 | NYC Zoning

The Special Hudson Square Zoning District is one of many special zoning districts in New York City. Special Districts have additional zoning requirements otherwise not stipulated in the Zoning Resolution.

The Special Hudson Square District has an Underlying Zoning District of M1-6, but there are modifications to the zoning regulations. We have another blog post if you want to read more about M1-6 Zoning.

Below we will outline some of the special regulations within the Hudson Square Zoning or HSQ.


Residential Use

The underlying district is a Manufacturing Zoning District. these do not normally allow for residential use but in the Special Hudson Square District residential use is allowed As of Right with some exceptions. In some cases you may need Certification from the Chairperson of the City Planning Commission.

Community Facility Use

All Community Facility Uses in Use Group 3 and Use Group 4 are allowed in the special district with a few restrictions.

Commercial Use

There are modifications to the commercial uses for the underlying district. For example area limitations for specific uses are altered within the special district.


The Special Hudson Square District has certain Streetscape requirements. only Specified uses are allowed on the ground floor of a building in certain outlined cases.

Bulk Regulations

Bulk is the general shape and size of a building often refereed to as the building envelope. Within this special district there are modifications to the bulk regulations for the underlying zoning district.

The Floor Area Ratio is modified within the special district as well as height and setbacks.


Special Hudson Square Zoning District

As an architect, I study Building Codes and Zoning Codes closely, but these are complicated and quite involved issues. In this article, we reviewed some of the basic concepts with regards to The Special Hudson Square Zoning District. This post does not assume to cover every possible issue or condition, but provide a general overview of the topic.


Thank you for reading our blog post on the Special Hudson Square Zoning District Requirements.

I hope this was helpful. If you would like to speak with an architect, you can contact us at Fontan Architecture directly.


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Jorge Fontan

Jorge Fontan

This post was written by Jorge Fontan AIA a Registered Architect and owner of New York City architecture firm Fontan Architecture. Jorge Fontan has earned 3 degrees in the study of architecture including two degrees from the City University of New York and a Masters Degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. Jorge has a background in construction and has been practicing architecture for 20 years where he has designed renovations and new developments of various building types.