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Break Free at Freeman Plaza West

We're over the moon about the opening of Freeman Plaza West, Hudson Square's most civilized place to take a break outdoors. Furnished with colorful bistro tables, chairs and umbrellas, it's like a little slice of Parisian sidewalk in the heart of New York's concrete jungle. Grab a salad, smoothie or custom-made wrap at nearby Just Salad (325 Hudson Street), pull up a chair and enjoy a summer alfresco lunch alongside New Yorkers and fellow guests of Hudson Square hotels. Once an inaccessible vacant lot, this pretty, tree-lined plaza is part of Hudson Square's transformation from no-frills industrial area to thriving pedestrian-friendly neighborhood and mecca for ad agencies and design firms. Its punchy lime-green umbrellas will make you forget you're within striking distance of the Holland Tunnel.

Address: Square block bounded by Hudson, Broome and Watts Streets

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