The Union Square Partnership organized dozens of volunteers today for It’s My Park! Day. Community members and Con Edison employees rolled up their sleeves to plant, rake, and water in Union Square Park. In addition to the volunteer beautification, children’s face painting, kids yoga, and a planting table fun was available to our littlest park goers. Continue reading
With 650 condominium units, Zeckendorf Towers on Union Square East has become the largest smoke-free residential building in the country. Unlike some other new buildings that have banned smoking , Zeckendorf Towers is one of the few buildings to ban the habit by a vote from condo owners. Nearly 84 percent of voting owners supported the amendment to prohibit smoking in both residential units and public areas for all new residents (85% of residents participated in the vote). Existing smokers who own a condo in the building will be granted a three-year waiver before their units are subject to the smoke-free policy.
The Fourth opened its doors yesterday at the base of the new Hyatt Union Square. The restaurant is the creation of star restaurant couple Jo-Ann Makovitzky and Marco Moreira. Jo-Ann and Marco are no strangers to Union Square or fine dining. The couple opened Tocqueville in 2000, earning two stars from the New York Times. In January 2007, the couple opened the Japanese restaurant 15 East, which boasts two stars from the New York Times and a coveted Michelin Star. Continue reading
It’s never been cooler to wear glasses. This Friday, Union Square Eye Care is hosting Designer Eyewear Trunk Show. Get your new frames at half the regular price. If you already have perfect vision, you can buy non-prescription designer sunglasses from brands like Michael Kors and Calvin Klein. Check it out.
Designer Eyewear Trunk Show
Friday, May 17th
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Union Square Eye Care
235 Park Ave South, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003
Last year, Oreo came to celebrate their 100th anniversary in Union Square Park. This year, the team is back with Owl City for a mere 15 minutes to sing their new jingle. Hundreds of people came together to sing the new piece in the North Plaza of the park. Oh…there were free cookies, too!
The warm weather has finally returned to Union Square Park. Help clean up the park in preparation for summer and partake in some family fun at It’s My Park! Day. Last year, USP had over 100 volunteers help rake, plant, and clean up our beloved green oasis. To register, click here.
Rachel Haot, Chief Digital Officer for the City of New York, was the keynote speaker at the Union Square Partnership’s 29th Annual Meeting & Networking Reception last Monday, May 6th. The meeting is the largest community event in the neighborhood that brings together friends, neighbors, business owners, partners, and other key stakeholders in the Union Square community. With the huge surge in tech companies, Rachel Haot explained the initiatives the city is taking to attract and grow new companies that have already generated an estimated 3,000 jobs in the Union Square neighborhood. Tech growth has helped drive down commercial vacancy rates and anchored new small retail businesses that have sprung up in the neighborhood. Executive Director Jennifer Falk followed Haot’s remarks with a rundown of the remarkable achievements of the Partnership in the last year. The event took place in the elegant Great Room at the W New York – Union Square. To see pictures from the event, check out our Flickr album.