Show Some Love: A Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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It’s that time of year again — the aisles are full of heart-shaped candy, and it’s time to find the gift. And whether you’re looking for chocolate or books, flowers or babka, Union Square’s got all your Valentine’s bases covered. From loved ones to Galentines to “it’s complicated,” you’ll find unique (and delicious!) gifts to make this Valentine’s Day perfect.


CHOCOLATE

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Breads Bakery
18 East 16th Street between Union Square West and Fifth Avenue
We recommend: The City’s best chocolate babka

Cocoa Store NYC
15 East 18th Street between Broadway and Fifth Avenue
We recommend: Amadei Valentine’s Day pralines

Dough
14 West 19th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
We recommend: Nutella + Dulce de Leche 

Dylan’s Candy Bar
33 Union Square West between 13th and 14th Streets
We recommend: Chocolate covered Valentine’s Oreos

L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates
5 East 20th Street between Fifth Avenue and Broadway
We recommend: Caramel heart set

Gotham Bar & Grill
5 East 20th Street between Fifth Avenue and Broadway
We recommend: Hand-painted champagne truffles


FLOWERS

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Union Square Greenmarket
Union Square Park – North and West Plazas
We recommend: Beautiful arrangements from River Garden Farm


CARDS

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Paper Source
75 Fifth Avenue between 15th and 15th Streets
We recommend: Everything!

Paper Presentation
23 West 18th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
We recommend: DIY cards


BOOKS

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Barnes & Noble
23 West 18th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
We recommend: Blind date with literary history

The Strand
828 Broadway at 12th Street
We recommend: Something from the Rare Book Room


NOT CHOCOLATE

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Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
900 Broadway at 20th Street
We recommend: Valentine’s Day gift collection (flagship cheese, toffee, crackers + jam!)

Union Square Wines & Spirits
140 Fourth Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets
We recommend: Choose from 2,500 labels from around the world

Whole Foods
4 Union Square South between University Place and Broadway
We recommend: Fresh, fave treats

Bedford Cheese Shop
67 Irving Place between 18th and 19th Streets
We recommend: Rustic Valentine’s gift baskets

Bethenny Frankel Launches New Skinnygirl Candy at Dylan’s Candy Bar in Union Square

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26:  Bethenny Frankel launches Skinnygirl Candy at Dylan's Candy Bar Union Square on January 26, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Skinnygirl Candy)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 26: Bethenny Frankel launches Skinnygirl Candy at Dylan’s Candy Bar Union Square on January 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Skinnygirl Candy)

On Tuesday, crowds gathered outside Dylan’s Candy Bar on Union Square West for the exclusive unveiling of Skinnygirl Candy by TV-personality and reality star Bethenny Frankel. Continue reading

Where to Kick-Start Your 2016 Fitness Goals

_SAJ4013With over 70 gyms, studios, and fitness apparel retailers, Union Square is ideal for getting you to tackle your goals this year. Along with the long list of boutique gyms and studios (below), retailers are also getting into the game. On lower Fifth Avenue, Athleta and Lululemon have opened up brand new workout spaces. Athleta’s new subterranean space features free fitness programming all month. Not to be outdone, Lululemon’s new massive location down the street also features fitness space as well as a community space complete with long tables, a kitchen, and fitness workshops. Dubbed Hub Seventeen, the new Lululemon space is decked out with exercise equipment and includes changing rooms, lockers, and a bathroom. Finally, a free concierge service makes it easy to shop by giving you the ability to messenger items home, make dinner reservations, or book your spot at some of the neighborhood’s most exclusive studios. Check out these retailers and tons of other fine gyms and boutique studios in Union Square. Continue reading