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WCBS 880’s Hudson Square Series: The Architecture and The Children’s Museum Of The Arts At 345 Hudson Street

(credit: Jane Tillman Irving, WCBS 880)

(credit: Jane Tillman Irving, WCBS 880)

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WCBS 880′s Jane Tillman Irving is doing a special series on Hudson Square, the neighborhood that is home to all six CBS Radio stations in New York City. To view the other reports, click here.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Hudson Square is a commercial area with some impressive architecture, WCBS 880’s Jane Tillman Irving reported.

In the latest installment in a special series that explores WCBS 880’s new neighborhood, Irving drew attention to the building the station calls home.

The building — 345 Hudson St. — is massive and sturdy, constructed to hold presses when Hudson Square was New York City’s Printing District.

WCBS 880’s Jane Tillman Irving Reports

Built in 1931, the building is decorated in the art deco style, with pastel concrete ornamentation and male nudes along the roofline fashioned in low-relief terra cotta.

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(credit: Jane Tillman Irving, WCBS 880)

A plaque set out front of the building says the land below 345 Hudson belongs to Trinity Church, the large Episcopal parish on Wall Street, and was given by England’s Queen Anne in 1705.

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(credit: Jane Tillman Irving, WCBS 880)

And around the corner to the Charlton Street side, in what was once the building’s loading dock, is the Children’s Museum of the Arts. This hub of creativity and imagination brings kids to Hudson Square from across the city.

WCBS 880’s Jane Tillman Irving with more on the building

The museum’s executive director Dave Kaplan said what really makes the museum special is the “hands-on art making.”

“We have fine arts, painting, sculpture, drawing, mural making, a state of the art media lab,” explained Kaplan. “We do a lot of stop-motion animation, puppetmaking, claymation, set design, voiceovers.  We also have a growing music appreciation program.”

At the Children’s Museum of the Arts, Kaplan said, the children are never thought of as kids. Any young person who that comes in the museum is considered a young artist, ready to unleash their creativity.