Eminent Domain Being Exercised by NYC for Hudson Park Expansion Project
A petition to the state Supreme Court in Manhattan has been initiated by New York City to purchase through eminent domain three tax lots and a portion of a fourth tax lot on the far west side for the purpose of the planned expansion of Hudson Park, also known as Bella Abzug Park, and Hudson Boulevard. If approved, the lots located between 37th and 39th Streets between 10th and 11th Avenues will be combined with the portion of a fifth tax lot between 36th and 37th Streets which was acquired by the city in August 2022 upon the court granting approval. The first phase of the project completed in 2015 encompasses the area between West 33rd and 36th Street, if court approval is secured for the latest petition, the second phase will extend the part to West 39th Street. Funding for the planned investment of $374 million for the three-block expansion is coming from bonds backed by property tax revenue from the neighborhood, however, it’s unclear how the cost has changed since the city’s 2018 plans.