Citi Bike Launches Casual Memberships with Event in Union Square

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On Sunday, Citi Bike opened access beyond annual members to anyone who walks up to a station with a credit card.  To celebrate, a fun event in Union Square Park introduced the program with free bicycle helmets, ice cream, and hot dogs.  Membership tents were available to sign up to the program and free daily passes were given away.  There was even a practice course where Continue reading

Visualized: Union Square is a Top 5 Weekday Subway Destination

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Here’s a great visual map (click image to enlarge) of subway ridership on weekdays. Although this map is using 2012 data, you can still see how the Union Square neighborhood is a top subway station in Manhattan and by far the most popular destination south of Midtown Manhattan (and by “midtown” we mean from 34th Street to 59th Streets). This map was posted by Shane Keaney for Visual News.

Union Square Phone Booths Transformed in Pilot Program

USP Executive Director Jennifer Falk checks out the first new booth on Broadway and 12th Street.

Today, a new pilot program began in Union Square to modernize phonebooths for the information age.  The new booths feature information touch screens that provide a wealth of neighborhood and city information including real-time subway service updates, nearby landmark information, and local event listings, programs, and discounts.  With soaring pedestrian numbers aided by the annual Holiday Market and weekly farmer’s greenmarket, Union Square was a natural place to pilot the new booths.  In addition to information, the new screens offer free wireless service, and phone-charger ports.  The pilot is rolling out over the next few weeks throughout the Union Square neighborhood. View locations of new booths after the jump.

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Union Square is a top destination for straphangers

This morning, AM New York took a look at MTA data which shows that subway ridership is at its highest levels since 1950.  On weekdays, Union Square is ranked the fourth busiest subway destination (ahead of Penn Station!) with 64,927,178 riders in 2011.  On the weekends, the neighborhood skyrockets to the #2 position, beating Grand Central Terminal.  A member of the MTA’s permanent Citizens Advisory Committee tells AM New York, “Union Square is a happening place – there’s shopping, and if it’s a nice day, you’re walking around the neighborhood.” Seems like captain obvious is following our blog!  ;-) 

Midtown stations overflowing as subway ridership skyrockets [AM New York]