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

Why Are The Con Edison Clock Tower Lights Off?

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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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Arianna Huffington in Conversation with Katie Couric Tonight at Barnes & Noble

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One of media’s most influential women, Arianna Huffington, will be in at the Union Square Barnes & Noble tonight at 7 PM discussing her new book Thrive with TV journalist Katie Couric. In the book, Arianna Huffington makes an impassioned and Continue reading

Union Square Restos Pledge to Source Locally

photo credit: Union Square Cafe

photo credit: Union Square Cafe

In an effort to support New York State’s excellent agricultural products, local foods, wines, beers and spirits, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that dozens of New York State chefs and restaurants have taken the Pride of New York Pledge. Working together with the New York State Restaurant Association, the Governor reached out to restaurants, restaurant groups and chefs to support the Pride of New York Pledge and increase their use of New York State products by 10 percent or more.

The Union Square Partnership’s commitment to sourcing locally has always been a priority. With Union Square Park being home to the City’s oldest and largest Greenmarket, we have always encouraged heavy use of Greenmarket products in our annual Harvest in the Square benefit. As New York City’s premier food and wine event held every September in Union Square Park, we incentivize our great restaurant Continue reading

Bette Midler Author Event at Barnes & Noble on April 1st

bette midlerThe legendary Bette Midler needs little introduction. The iconic singer-songwriter, actress, comedian, film producer and entrepreneur is re-releasing her 1980 Memoir A View from a Broad. To launch the re-issue on Tuesday, April 1st at 7 PM, the Union Square Barnes & Noble is hosting Bette Midler in conversation with Judy Gold, Emmy Award-winning writer, comedian and actress.

Seating may be limited. Please visit the Barnes & Noble website for full details on the event.

Notice: Paid Sick Leave Law

paid sick leaveEffective April 1, all New York City employers with five or more employees will be required to provide paid sick leave to their employees.  Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the legislation into law yesterday, which was an amendment to the Paid Sick Leave law that passed last year, initially only applied to companies with 20 or more employees.

For more information on the law and how it affects you, please read the Employee Fact Sheet and Employer Fact Sheet, or visit the nyc.gov website.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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The Union Square Partnership works year-round to make sure that Union Square Park is GREEN and clean! We make a number of park investments each year, including new landscaping and reseeding the lawn, planting thousands of annuals, perennials and shrubs, providing seating areas with over 600 bistro tables, chairs and umbrellas, providing complimentary Wi-Fi, supplemental sanitation services, new playground equipment and maintenance, providing a summer playground associate and a dedicated park gardener! Happy St. Patrick’s Day, NYC!
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Read more about our services in our Annual Report.

Join in on Conversation Tonight at The New School: The Crisis Continues

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Tonight is the final event in the Voices of Crisis series at The New School entitled, “The Crisis Continues.”  Join Harry Belafonte, actor and longtime activist; Phillip Agnew, director of the Dream Defenders; and Raquel Cepeda, journalist and filmmaker, in conversation with Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library, as they discuss justice and equality today.  The evening will be kicked off by a performance led by Joe Harley, an alumnus of The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

The event will begin at 6:30 PM in the John L. Tishman Auditorium in the new University Center located at 63 Fifth Avenue. Continue reading