Bite into Union Square at the Big Apple Crunch

BigAppleCrunchThis Friday is Food Day! (what, you didn’t realize?) To celebrate this special day, our friends at GrowNYC are holding the Big Apple Crunch to break the world record of 1,000,000 apple crunches at a time. The main event is here in Union Square at 12:00 PM. Enjoy complimentary apples, cider, and cookies at our The Fourth. Tickets (FREE) are available here. Happy crunching!

Join Us Sunday at Fall for All in Union Square Park!

Help us welcome the fall season in Union Square Park this Sunday at Fall for All! The Union Square Partnership is teaming up with Modern Family and Fox 5 for a full day of family fun in the North Plaza. Bring the crew out to experience our interactive corn Continue reading

Dylan’s Candy to Sweeten Union Square

DylansCandyBarLife in Union Square is about to get a little tastier. The Real Deal reports that Dylan’s Candy Bar signed a long-term lease for 3,300 square feet at 33 Union Square West between Blue Water Grill and Heartland Brewery. Loosen you belts, because sweet addition joins Breads Bakery on the west side of Union Square, which has already become a neighborhood hit with its sweet baked goods.

APA Recognizes Broadway as ‘Great Street’

Broadway-blogBroadway was named one of the country’s ten ‘Great Streets’ by the American Planning Association (APA). Recent improvements, like the pedestrian plazas found just north of Union Square Park (pictured above), have helped this iconic New York roadway maintain its unique personality as a pedestrian and retail destination. The APA identifies ‘Great Streets’ that feature unique and authentic characteristics that have evolved from years of thoughtful and deliberate planning by residents, community leaders and planners.  The Great Places in America announcement coincides with October (National Community Planning Month) and identifies 30 exemplary streets, neighborhoods and public spaces that add value to communities and foster economic growth and jobs. Check it out for yourself and grab a seat on the famous thoroughfare at the seating areas maintained by the Union Square Partnership (17th Street and Broadway).

Where you should eat in Union Square right now

Laut

This week, the Michelin Guide released its “Bib Gourmand” picks for the upcoming 2015 restaurant guide. The restaurants named on the list demonstrate excellence on a budget (two courses and wine or dessert for $40 or less). The Union Square neighborhood had 7 establishments make the cut, including ABC Cocina, Boqueria, Bread & Tulips, Hill Country Chicken, Laut, Momokawa, and Turkish Kitchen. The 10th Michelin Guide New York will be released this coming Wednesday, October 1st.

Congratulations to all the 2015 Bib Gourmands!

Times’ Profile on Union Square’s Incredible Transformation

Courtesy of the New York Times

Courtesy of the New York Times

Last week, the New York Times’ Real Estate section had an article devoted to the remarkable improvements in Union Square over the past few years. The neighborhood has always been defined by its central location as a major transit hub area, but over the past decade boasts a greater selection and diversity of retail and amenities. Residents that moved to Union Square in the late 90s have witnessed the improvements. “The neighborhood just kind of kept on changing with me,” resident Victoria Baradi Anderson told the Times. “It kept giving me the things I need.”  Investments like the recent $20 million upgrade to Union Square Park’s north end that included an expanded and refurbished playground has helped make the neighborhood a safe, one-of-a-kind destination for families. Read the full article here.

Union Square: A Place to Converge and Buy Kale [NY Times]

Harvest in the Square is as Local as Local Gets

Harvest in the Square

This Thursday, Harvest in the Square returns in its 19th year bringing together foodies and the best of local restaurants in support of Union Square Park. ‘Local’ and ‘farm-to-table’ may be trendy now, but from its inception in 1996, ‘local’ has been a main focus of this event as established by original restaurant chairs, Danny Meyer of the Union Square Cafe and Eric Petterson from The Coffeeshop. Each restaurant’s Continue reading