MTA Announces “L” Line Closure Updates

MTA Seeks to Shorten Shutdown to 15 Months; Start Date Pushed to April 2019

Following four public workshops about the MTA’s closure of the Canarsie Tube between Brooklyn and Manhattan, the MTA issued a press release sharing that they are seeking to shorten the shutdown of the L Train, and fund additional improvements. Approvals will be awarded once board meetings conclude this week. Judlau Contracting Inc., is the chosen project contractor and if approved will have $15 million in incentives to finish the tunnel project in 15 months. Starting the closure in April 2019 instead of January 2019 also will allow L-Train riders to only miss one winter season of service rather than two. Additionally, the MTA plans to make station improvements at 1st Avenue and Bedford Avenue that will improve customer flow and provide elevator access.

Watch the board meetings on the MTA’s official YouTube channel.

Vote #USQEats Joe’s Pizza in NYCGO March Madness Food Fight

Which of New York’s Best Eats Will Take Home the Prize?

Joe’s Pizza is known as the quintessential New York slice. So it’s no surprise the Classic Slice was given the top seed for the foodie version of March Madness, New York City’s Food Fight: Tournament Edition. After breezing through Round 1 with the most resounding victory of the tournament, Joe’s now faces Peter Luger’s Porterhouse Steak to move on to the Flavorful Four. Voting for this round ends Monday, March 27th at 9 AM. Take a break from basketball brackets and vote for New York’s most classic dish.

After you vote, be sure to do your best #CheeseFense cheer with a slice at Joe’s in Union Square at 150 East 14th Street.

How to Celebrate Pi Day During a Snow Storm

Things To Buy for a Storm: Water, Food, Pie…

Mighty Pie located in the North Plaza of Union Square Park


 
Snow Storm Stella may be on her way to New York, but that doesn’t mean Pi Day can’t be celebrated in all its glory. March 14th acknowledges the mathematical constant π (pi), or the ratio of a circle’s radius to its circumference’s first three digits, but for foodies everywhere, it gives us an excuse to devour some of the best pies in New York. While you stock up on snow day essentials, be sure to add pie to your grocery list.

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Our world famous #bananacreampie! 👌🍌🍴

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The Coffee Shop (29 Union Square West) is New York’s go to spot for Banana Cream Pie with fresh banana custard drizzled in warm chocolate sauce.

The Union Square Greenmarket in Union Square Park has seasonal pies with the freshest fruits from local producers and is open every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Pick up ingredients at Whole Foods (4 Union Square South) and put a pie in the oven on a freezing day. This recipe for pumpkin apple pie promises to satispie.

Hill Country Chicken

At the 21st Annual Harvest in the Square, Hill Country Chicken (1123 Broadway) served its famous trio of pies: Pecan, Pumpkin and Whiskey Buttermilk Pies. Order a full pie or a bite sized pie cup.

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District Alert: Winter Storm Stella

Blizzard Watch in Effect for New York City

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Blizzard Warning for New York City starting Tuesday, March 14th at midnight until Wednesday, March 15th at midnight.

This system is forecast to bring heavy snow and blizzard conditions, including winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts 40 to 55 mph on Tuesday, creating slick and hazardous travel conditions. Total snow accumulation is expected to be between 12 to 20 inches.

Contact 311 to report non-emergency conditions.

Dial 911 for emergencies only.

Union Square Partnership’s Snow Clearing Operations
The USP Clean Team will be out on the streets to supplement the City’s clearing efforts. We complement property owners efforts by clearing snow from crosswalks, catch basins, and around fire hydrants. We ask that our businesses and property owners remain vigilant and work with us to clear in front of their properties so that the Union Square district remains safe and accessible. View more guidelines for businesses during the storm.

Union Square Park
For your safety, please stay out of Union Square Park during the storm.

Union Square Greenmarket Operations
Be sure to check GrowNYC’s website, blog, social media and Union Square App to find out about changes for this week’s markets.

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“L” Line Closure Online Survey Available

If you couldn’t make it to the “L” Line Closure Workshops hosted by the NYC Department of Transportation and Metropolitan Transit Authority, share your feedback about the upcoming Carnarsie Tunnel Reconstruction Project online here.

According to a release from the MTA, the Canarsie Tunnel was one of nine underwater tunnels that flooded during Superstorm Sandy in 2012, all of which required extensive rehabilitation and repair. It suffered extensive damage to tracks, signals, switches, power cables, signal cables, communication cables, lighting, cable ducts and bench walls throughout a 7,100-foot-long flooded section of both tubes. Bench walls throughout those sections must be rehabilitated to protect the structural integrity of the tubes. During the 18-month rehabilitation process, the MTA will also make significant improvements to stations and tunnel segments closest to the river. New stairs and elevators will be installed at the Bedford Av station in Brooklyn and the 1 Av station in Manhattan, and three new electric substations will be installed, providing more power to operate additional trains during rush hours.

Work on the tunnel is expected to begin in 2019 and last approximately 18 months.

Stay up to date on the latest news by following the MTA and NYCDOT on social media.

New School Alum Launches Book, Celebrates Mannes Centennial

The New School Alumna Marcia Butler Launches + Signs Her Debut Memoir

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The New School’s Mannes School of Music continues to celebrate its centennial by recognizing its talented group of alumni and their accomplishments. As part of the festivities, Mannes will host a free event to look back on the career of alumna and professional oboist, Marcia Butler.

The event will launch Butler’s debut memoir, The Skin Above My Knee, with a signing and select musical performances. Joining her for an in conversation interview will be former WNYC host Tim Page, a Mannes alum and a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist.

The event is first-come first-served and will take place at the Glassbox Theater at Arnhold Hall (13th Street and Sixth Avenue) on Monday, March 6th at 6 PM.

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[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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