Earth Day Returns to Union Square on Tuesday, April 22nd

photo credit: Earth Day New York

photo credit: Earth Day New York

Earth Day New York returns to Union Square Park this year on Tuesday, April 22nd. Educational exhibits, activist groups, children’s activities and green businesses will fill the North Plaza of the park. There will be activities for adults and children, including arts and crafts, entertainment, a green vehicle runway show and an after-work concert. Continue for the schedule of events: Continue reading

District Alert: Work Starting on Protected Bike Path on Lafayette/Fourth Avenue

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As we reported in an earlier post, a new protected bicycle lane was proposed for Lafayette Street/Fourth Avenue from Spring Street to 12th Street, and was unanimously approved by Community Board 2. Implementation begins in mid-April.

In order to enhance safety and mobility DOT will be making the following
improvements on Lafayette Street between Spring and 14th Street:
• A parking-protected bicycle path will be installed from Prince to 12th Street Continue reading

Enroll for Free Full-Day Pre-K Before the April 23rd Deadline!

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Free pre-kindergarten (pre-K) enrollment is now open. Children born in 2010 who live in New York City are eligible for pre-K programs at public schools and community-based organizations around the city, with the deadline for enrollment on April 23rd.

Early childhood education can have an incredible impact on children both in and out of the classroom, and these programs also have the potential to dramatically reduce Continue reading

April Showers Bring Magnolias

Things are really blooming in Union Square Park, and we’ve seen tons of gorgeous pictures of our bright pink magnolias popping up while scrolling through Instagram.  It may be a little rainy today, but we all know that April showers bring May flowers. Here are a few pics of the magnolias to add a little color to this grey Tuesday:

photo credit: @jojo_son

photo credit: @jojo_son

photo credit: @kahafermann

photo credit: @kahafermann

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Why Are The Con Edison Clock Tower Lights Off?

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photo credit: New York Times

Interesting info provided by Michael Pollak of the New York Times about Con Edison’s clock tower:

Q. I am used to seeing the top of the Con Edison clock tower, off Union Square, lighted up. On April 1, the lights went out and stayed out for quite a while. Was that an April Fools’ joke?

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New Restaurant Alert: The Gander by Chef Jesse Schenker

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Chef Jesse Schenker has just opened up The Gander, an American restaurant and bar room located at 15 West 18th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. The chef/owner of Recette presents us with an elevated-yet-casual menu set within a beautiful space with high ceilings and a retro vibe.

The menu is divided into several different sections: Snacks (the “Buffalo” Sweetbreads Continue reading

All’onda is Now Open for Lunch

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Today, the popular newly opened All’onda will begin lunch service, introducing some tasty new menu items. Lunch will be served five days a week, Monday – Friday from 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM. Since its opening earlier this year, Chef Chris Jaeckle’s Japanese-inspired Venetian restaurant has been heralded by critics and guests alike. Lunch menu Continue reading

Square Meals: Pizza Vinoteca Serving Up a New Way to do Pizza

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This is not your typical pizza joint. Located on the ground floor of 15 Union Square West, Pizza Vinoteca has just opened their beautiful restaurant serving freshly grilled pizzas and food-friendly wine. Pizzas ranging in price from $8-$14 include the Cheese Continue reading