Downstreet PLUS State and Columbia

Hudson, NY

Our convener

Since its formation in 2011, the Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood has launched programs, initiatives, and partnerships to support the youth and families of the Hudson City School District from birth through college and career. 

Kite’s Nest is a center for liberatory education, creating safe and supportive learning environments that nurture the confidence, skills, joy, and collective leadership of young people while building justice and equity in Hudson.

Joan Hunt
Project Director
Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood

Sara Kendall
Assistant Director
Kite's Nest

Kaya Weidman
Executive Director
Kite's Nest


108 S. Front St

Hudson, NY 12534


The small city of Hudson, NY, located about 100 miles north of New York City, is just 2.2 square miles. The city’s main street, Warren Street, marks the center of the city. The area below 2nd Street, bordered by the Hudson River, is referred to by many local residents as “Downstreet”. Downstreet, plus State and Columbia streets which run just north of Warren Street, make up an informally-recognized urban neighborhood that is home to the majority of the city’s lower-income residents.


Chartered in 1785, Hudson began as a booming port city, using the Hudson River’s deep waters to become an important center for the whaling industry. Hudson continued to develop as a center for industrial and manufacturing activity, and over time was home to ironworks, brickworks, textile mills, cement plants, button, pocketbook, glue and furniture factories. In the 20th century Hudson emerged as a destination for people seeking work, including successive waves of African American residents moving from the South and people emigrating from Bangladesh, the Caribbean, and elsewhere. But the city was hit hard by deindustrialization, as factories closed and industry jobs left the city, and impacted by major urban renewal projects. The late 1980s began a period of renewed investment in Hudson, sparked by a group of antiques dealers, and the city soon became a destination for other business owners and artists. In recent years Hudson has gained exposure as a popular weekend and second-home getaway. Despite this development and growing attention, many residents continue to live below the poverty line, and face challenges of unemployment, lack of affordable housing and displacement.


The blocks that make up “Downstreet” in Hudson have a strong community identity, made of a dense network of close family ties and community organizations. This informal neighborhood is home to many long-time residents, most of the city’s public and low-income housing, and the majority of the city’s children and families. The neighborhood also represents Hudson’s rich racial, ethnic, and religious diversity: over 60 percent of residents are people of color. The demographic breakdown of the neighborhood includes: 41% Black, 38% White, 10% Asian (primarily immigrants from Bangladesh), 8% Latino, and 3% Multiracial.


1,775 people


.15 square miles

Our Design Team

The structure of each Raising Places Community includes both a convening organization
and a group of local leaders, called the design team.

Jabin Ahmed

Hudson Muslim Youth

Tom DePietro

City of Hudson Planning Board / HCDPA

Cedric Fulton

Community Organizer

Kamal Johnson

Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood

Willette Jones

Hudson Community Schools / Board of Education

Victor Mendolia

Beach & Bartolo Realtors / Alliance for Positive Health

Maija Reed

Early Childhood Educator and Care Provider

Brandon Santos

Community Advocate

Jennifer Stockmeier

Wolfgang Stockmeier Design Inc.

Zebi Williams

Kite's Nest

Nick Zachos

City of Hudson Department of Youth


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