Assist Those in Need with Volunteer Snow Removal Project

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Winter weather has officially arrived in NYC. We would like to give a huge thank you to the Union Square Clean Team who has been working tirelessly to supplement the City’s clearing efforts.  Our team has been spreading ice melt, and clearing snow from crosswalks, catch basins, and around fire hydrants. We have requested that our businesses and property owners remain vigilant and work with us to clear in front of their properties so Union Square remains safe and accessible.

Additionally, the weather makes it difficult for some of our senior citizens living with Continue reading

Union Square Pedestrian Count Climbs to 383,000 Visitors*

2014 Pedestrian CountThe Union Square Partnership analyzes and promotes visitor activity by conducting pedestrian and bicycle counts every two years over several Fridays and Saturdays in July.
Working with BFJ Planning, counts were taken from 8 AM to 10 PM at 26 locations around Union Square Park. To gain the most accurate account of how many people move through Continue reading

5 Things To Do This MLK Day Weekend in Union Square

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1. Discover Historic Union Square on our Free Walking Tour
This Saturday, meet us in front of the Lincoln statue 2 PM for a free guided walking tour entitled Union Square: Crossroads of New York. Explore the social and political history of the Union Square neighborhood through discussions of the people, history, architecture, and forces that have shaped this community.

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2. Watch Selma at the Regal Union Square Stadium 14 Theater
 Selma is a poignant drama chronicling Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s campaign to secure equal voting rights in an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. Please check the Regal Union Square website to find various showtimes throughout the weekend. Continue reading

Recycle Your Tree This Weekend at MulchFest

treecycleSkip the dumpster and turn your holiday tree into rejuvenating wood chips to nourish plantings across the city during Mulchfest in Union Square Park. Drop off your tree between 10 AM and 2 PM tomorrow Saturday, January 10th or Sunday, January 11th and the New York City Parks Department will ground it into wood chips for city parks. Over 30,000 trees were recycled last year! Visit the Parks Department’s Mulchfest website for more information.

Last Weekend to Shop the Holiday Market

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For all of our last-minute gifters, this is the last weekend to shop the Union Square Holiday Market before it closes next Wednesday, December 24th. Find unique art, handmade crafts, local food at this world-famous Holiday Market. Vendors vary from Lineposters who make products featuring modern, stylized interpretations of iconic city transit systems to Spices and Tease who offer a variety of homemade spices, peppers, seeds, herbs and imported teas that you can choose from.

Stop by the Union Square Holiday Market Weekdays from 11 AM – 8 PM, Saturday 10 AM – 8 PM, Sunday 11 AM – 7 PM.  Also on Saturday while in the Park, stop by our free historic walking tour of Union Square. The tour is hosted by Big Onion Walking Tours, and meets every Saturday at 2 PM in front of the Abraham Lincoln statue along the 16th Street transverse.

Enjoy This Middle Eastern Winter Treat at Mighty Pie

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It’s called sachlav and it is a delicious thick milk treat being served at Mighty Pie.  Florence Fabricant profiled the recipe today in The New York Times.  To make your own, the article has the following recipe:

Dissolve 3 tablespoons cornstarch in 1/4 cup of milk, then stir into 1 3/4 cups of milk in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer so it thickens. Sweeten with sugar or honey, which I prefer, and add orange flower water to taste. Divide into two cups and finish with toppings…

If you want to try the drink before making it or simply prefer to purchase it, stop by Mighty Pie just off Union Square West in Union Square Park (right across from Blue Water Grill).  Save $1 by using your District Deal.

Support Union Square this #GivingTuesday

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We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. And today, #GivingTuesday, is a global day dedicated to giving back. Celebrate generosity with a gift to the Union Square!

Your support is critical to the programs and ongoing maintenance that makes Union Square Park the dynamic, world-class public space it is today. Your donation will support the activation and beautification of Union Square Park.

#SupportUSQ for #GivingTuesday today.

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