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Giant Jenga and Connect Four Games Bring Playtime to Hudson Square

By Andrea Swalec | September 30, 2013 9:09am
 The oversized Jenga game in Freeman Plaza West rises 6 feet tall.
The oversized Jenga game in Freeman Plaza West rises 6 feet tall.
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Hudson Square Connection

MANHATTAN — Kids and office workers have some new recreation gear in Hudson Square.

Oversized Jenga and Connect Four games are now available for the public to use in the recently created pocket park Freeman Plaza West.

The 3-foot-high Connect Four game and 6-foot-high Jenga set seemed like a natural fit for creative Hudson Square, said Ellen Baer, president and CEO of area business improvement district the Hudson Square Connection, which provided the items.

"We know that to foster creativity people need to take a break from their workday — sometimes just a few minutes to read, relax or let loose," Baer said by email. "We thought this would be a fun way for people to enjoy their break, connect with friends (and maybe even make new ones) and possibly come up with their next great idea."

Freeman Plaza West, located at Hudson and Broome streets just west of the entrance to the Holland Tunnel, opened in May after the BID built it for $200,000. The land is owned by the Port Authority, which donated new trees and plants for the plaza.

The giant games are available for use while the plaza is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to dusk.