[WATCH] Sneak Peek of The Vineyard Theatre’s Kid Victory, Opening Tonight

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Kid Victory, a new musical by John Kander and Greg Pierce, follows the return of a teenage boy named Luke who was missing for several months

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After a successful run of previews, Kid Victory, a new musical by John Kander and Greg Pierce, officially opens tonight, February 22nd at the Vineyard Theatre, Union Square’s home for bold theatre. In the musical, seventeen-year old Luke returns to his small Kansas town after a wrenching one-year absence. As his friendship grows with the town misfit, Emily, his parents realize that in order to truly find their son, they must confront some unnerving truths about his disappearance. Tickets are available now.

Four time Tony Award winner John Kander, with the late Fred Ebb, wrote the legendary musicals Chicago and Caberet. He and Greg Pierce collaborated on the musical The Landing presented in 2013 at Vineyard Theatre.

Watch clips from the new musical here:

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$250 Million Tech Hub Coming to Union Square

Space Will Be New Home for Civic Hall, Including Digital Training Hub for 21st Century Jobs and Flexible Work Space for Growing Startups

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Renderings courtesy of Civic Hall. Designed by Davis Brody Bond.

Friday afternoon, Mayor de Blasio met with the NYC tech community to unveil the designs and programs in a new tech hub coming to 124 East 14th Street, the current location of P.C. Richard & Son (watch the full announcement here). The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) RAL Development Services to redevelop the space, which will be anchored by Civic Hall, a collaborative work and event space advancing the use of technology for the public good. The project also includes a digital job training facility for all New Yorkers, flexible work space tailored to the needs of early stage startups, and retail at the street level.

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Mayor de Blasio met with tech workers at AppNexus to unveil the latest designs and details for the new Union Square Tech Hub.

The $250 million, 258,000 square-foot project, dubbed 14th @ Irving, will focus on bringing together growing startups and tech companies that make up NYC’s “Silicon Alley” while also helping more New Yorkers join the tech ecosystem.

“The project will bring together the best-in-class programs offering affordable digital skills training for New Yorkers seeing to join the 21st century economy,” the Mayor’s Office said in a press release. “The hub itself will generate 600 jobs in the tech ecosystem, and more than 800 construction jobs. The project will also be union-built and staffed, and in compliance with HireNYC guidelines”

The new Civic Hall plans to include the following workforce development partners: the New York City Foundation for Computer Science Education, General Assembly, Per Scholas, FedCap, Code to Work and Coalition for Queens. Key partners will provide discounted training, removing barriers to tech education and helping foster a culture of inclusivity and opportunity. The location in Union Square provides ample access to transit throughout the 5 boroughs and will allow New Yorkers across the City to access programming at the building, said the release.

“Anyone should be able to come in off the street and learn what they need to know,” said Andrew Raseij, Civic Hall founder, about the project at a recent Community Board 3 meeting.

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Renderings courtesy of Civic Hall. Designed by Davis Brody Bond.

“Today’s announcement by Mayor de Blasio further solidifies Union Square’s position as the epicenter of New York’s growing tech scene with our area’s unrivaled transportation access, wide range of amenities surrounding Union Square Park, and our world-class Greenmarket,” said Jennifer Falk, Continue reading

Healthy Bites to Complement Your #USQSweatFest Workout

Find Freebies from Cava Grill, Whole Foods, Pret a Manger and The Pokéspot in Your Swag Bag

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One of our favorite parts of Union Square Sweat Fest is the opportunity to try new things, and new food! While you sweat it out this week, experience some of Union Square’s healthy eateries.

Cava Grill | Started by three childhood friends, Cava Grill celebrates the flavors of their families’ traditional Greek and Mediterranean cooking in a casual modern setting. They believe that while others are content to feed their faces, Cava customers desire food that feeds the spirit. Our spirits are especially into the custom Greens + Grains bowl with seasonal roasted veggies.

“Do you even lift, bruh?” 🤔🤔🤔 “ … do Greens + Grains count?” 💪😏

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Union Square Greenmarket | The world-famous Union Square Greenmarket began with just a few farmers in 1976, has grown exponentially; in peak season 140 regional farmers, fishers, and bakers sell their products to a dedicated legion of city dwellers. We are amazed 4 days a week by the variety that’s available, even in the depths of February. Find fresh greens, seafood, eggs, dairy, baked goods and more!

Clams, oysters, and mussels! Just add lots and lots of butter, garlic, white wine, and pasta, then dinner is served! #emdailypic

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Test Out Union Square’s Gyms at #USQSweatFest #GymoftheDay

New York Health & Racquet Club, Crunch, 14th Street Y and McBurney YMCA Offer Free Classes

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Over the course of Union Square Sweat Fest, our week-long event series showcasing the best of Union Square’s fitness scene, we’ve teamed up with four neighborhood gyms to give you one-day access. Each gym will host three open classes so you can get a taste of their space at no charge. Specific details and registration are on the Sweat Fest website.

Crunch – Friday, Feb. 10th

Working out is more fun with friends. @ariivory #AllKindsOfFUN #NoJudgments #CrunchGym

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Visit Crunch for “No Judgements.” The unfiltered philosophy drives them to create a community and gym for all regardless of shape, size, age, race, gender or fitness level. No matter your workout of choice, Crunch wants you to feel good while reaching your goals. Click here to check their #USQSweatFest class schedule Continue reading

Kid Victory Now Playing at the Vineyard Theatre

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The Musical Runs February 1st through March 19th

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The Vineyard Theatre’s 2016 – 2017 season is in full swing with the New York premiere of Kid Victory. Acclaimed composer John Kander (Chicago, Cabaret) and gifted playwright Greg Pierce (Her Requiem) set the stage, while award-winning director Liesl Tommy brings their story to life. Kander and Pierce previously teamed up in the Vineyard to write the beguiling series of love tales, The Landing.

The story centers on the return of 17-year-old Luke, who returns to his small town in Kansas one year after disappearing. Upon his return, the audience follows the captivating dynamic of Luke’s conservative family being forced to confront the unnerving truth about his disappearance.

The show runs weekly Tuesday through Sunday, with each performance running for approximately 2 hours with no intermission. Find the complete calendar and buy tickets here.

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#USQSweatFest Social Media Contest

Tag Your Swag

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A community that sweats together, gets strong together. During Sweat Fest we can’t wait to see all the awesome classes you’ll take and swag you’ll be drenched in! Share your photos with #USQSweatFest on social media for a chance to giveaways from Union Square’s hottest fitness shops, boutiques, eateries + more.

 

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Sweet Stuff: Our Valentine’s Day Guide

Gift Ideas, Makeup Applications and More To Get You V-Day Ready in USQ

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Union Square’s sweetest spots are ready to help you plan your Valentine’s Day in a snap. We’ve gathered up some of our favorite treats, date nights, events, and even marriage ideas to get you V-Day ready right here in Union Square.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth: Dylan’s Candy Bar

Head to Dylan’s Candy Bar (33 Union Square West) to find your cupid’s favorite sweets. Choose from hundreds of gummies, hard candies and chocolates, or pick up a pre-packed assortment selected by the experts.

Say it with candy #Love 💋 ❌⭕️❌⭕️

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Chocolate Must-Haves: City Bakery and Breads Bakery

Cuddle up at City Bakery (3 West 18th Street) for a special V-Day #datenight and share a massive cup of hot chocolate during their Hot Chocolate festival – proven to be worth it because they’re celebrating 25 years of delectable, scrumptious chocolate!

 

Whether you’re dining in or out, plan to pick up dessert at Breads Bakery (18 E 16th Street). Their Nutella babka promises layers upon layers flaky deliciousness that you can pull apart with your hands and enjoy together. Watch below to see exactly what you’re in for!

 

Proposal Ideas: Get Down on One Knee at LinkNYC

The Links that have been popping up over the city (offering free public Wi-Fi, phone calls, device charging and a tablet for access to city services, maps and directions) are hoping to help New Yorkers pop the question on Valentine’s Day. Email hello@link.nyc to coordinate the location, time and Continue reading