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Exploring Hudson Square: Where to Eat, Drink, Relax and More

Hudson Square - City Winery
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Nestled near SoHo, Hudson Square is a quaint neighborhood filled with tree-lined streets and views of the Hudson River. With West Houston Street as its northern border and Canal Street as the southern border, the area stretches from the Hudson River to Sixth Avenue. New Yorkers can spend the day strolling along the streets and heading to these spots. By John Friia

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Hudson Square - Aveda
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Aveda Institute

233 Spring Street
New York, NY 10013

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TO RELAX: New Yorkers have hectic schedules, and one way to relax is by visiting the salon. The Aveda Institute New York is a renowned educational program that gives students the opportunity to showcase their hairstyle and skincare skills on people. Whether patrons are looking for a simple haircut, hair coloring or facials, the Aveda institute provides high-quality service and students are supervised by licensed stylists. Setting an example in the beauty industry, Aveda has a commitment of using sustainable and organic ingredients in their beauty products. The brand raises funds for causes to improve the environment, including clean water and protecting wildlife.

Hudson Square - Children's Museum Of The Arts
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Children's Museum of the Arts

103 Charlton Street
New York, NY 10014

TO LEARN: Children can unleash their creativity at the Children's Museum of the Arts through various projects. Since its founding in 1988, the museum flourished into a thriving place for young artists and provides opportunities to work side-by-side with professionals. Working with children up to 15 years old, the 10,000-square-foot museum provides daily workshops, classes and special events for children of all ages.

Hudson Square - City Winery
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City Winery

155 Varick Street
New York, NY 10013

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TO DINE: Wine and music collide at New York's only fully-functioning winery and music lounge. This expansive, rustic restaurant delivers an evening of entertainment and fun with countless notable performers and homemade wines. With two dining areas, people can enjoy a meal in The Barrel Room, a quaint tasting room and restaurant with 11 wines on tap. From Riesling to Pinot Noir and Merlot, the wines on tap are put into stainless steel kegs to preserve the wine and provides a fresh straight-from-the-barrel taste.

Hudson Square - Lazy Point
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Lazy Point

310 Spring Street
New York, NY 10013

TO DRINK: Among the hustle and bustle of the busy downtown life, is a beach-like oasis on Spring Street. The colorful tabletops and ocean-colored floor transports patrons to the sandy beaches of their favorite coastal escape while sipping on creative libations. The ideal spot for after work drinks or weekend fun, people can unwind and browse their large cocktail menu with signature drinks, including the Pistachio Mule with pistachio infused vodka, lime and fresh ginger. It's not just drinks at Lazy Point -- people can also chow down on bar snacks, including fish tacos, smoked salmon grilled cheese and a spicy chicken sandwich.

Hudson Square - Arlo Hotel
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Arlo Hudson Square

231 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013

TO STAY: Once people enter the Arlo Hotel, they notice the convergence of urban chic and comfort with warm woods, relaxing aromas and various amenities. Each room has expansive windows that give guests the opportunity to overlook the courtyard and see city life pass by while laying on ultra-plush beds. Before retiring to their hotel rooms, guests can unwind in the sophisticated library, which evolves from a co-working space during the day to an area of fun in the evening, with vintage board games, throwback movies and cocktail service. Whether guests are native New Yorkers or travelers, they will find themselves mesmerized in the hotel's year-round rooftop bar. Boasting breathtaking views of the Hudson River and the Freedom Tower, the space is filled with communal tables where guests can sip on seasonal cocktails and grilled snacks.

 John Friia is a freelance journalist and native New Yorker writing about food, drinks and lifestyle. You can follow his adventures on Instagram.

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