33rd Annual Meeting Celebrates USP’s Community Contributions

Executive Director Jennifer Falk presented an overview of USP’s work over the last year.

On Monday, May 15th, USP welcomed neighborhood residents, business and property owners, and other key district stakeholders to our 33rd Annual Meeting + Networking Reception.

Hosted by the W New York – Union Square, Executive Director Jennifer Falk presented an overview of the Partnership’s contributions to the community over the past year and plans for the coming year. She proudly shared that we raised our highest fundraising total to date, $1.5 million in addition to our annual assessment, which allowed us to plant new trees and understory landscaping in the median malls along Union Square East, expand outdoor seating areas with new bistro furniture, and install brighter, energy-efficient lighting to increase park safety. For a full recap of this year’s work, please enjoy the 2017 Annual Report.

“From the exciting developments taking place throughout the area, to the new businesses and incredible restaurants that continue to join our bustling community, the Union Square-14th Street district is thriving. We are proud of the progress we have made over the past year, and we look forward to continuing to further Union Square’s growth in the years to come,” said Falk. See our work in action at #USQBlooms on Twitter and Instagram.

Featured Speaker Civic Hall Founder/CEO Andrew Rasiej with Executive Director Jenn Falk and Union Square Partnership Co-Chair William Abramson.

Civic Hall Founder/CEO (and longtime resident) Andrew Rasiej was featured as a special guest speaker to speak to the City’s new $250 million tech hub planned for 124 East 14th Street and how Civic Hall, Continue reading

Read Our 2017 Commercial Market Report

Read the full report here.

How to Celebrate Mother’s Day in Union Square

Gift Ideas, Sweet Treats, and Brunch Reservations for the Perfect Mother’s Day

Cards and gifts available at Paper Source on 5th Avenue

Celebrate the women in your life this Mother’s Day the way you know best: by showing them you care. For everything else, stop by Union Square’s best gift spots and restaurants to help craft her special day.

If you can’t be physically be with your mom, we recommend you stop by Paper Source (75 Fifth Avenue). They have a gorgeous selection of cards to send with their special mother’s day gift packs. (We like the Mother’s Day Office Bundle, paired with the “I am Strong because a Strong Woman Raised Me” card. We think it’s #fierce.)

 

Speaking of Strong Women, we know that moms often do it all and more. That’s why we think it’s extra special that the Red Door Spa (200 Park Avenue South) is offering exclusive Mother’s Day spa packages. Make it a mother/daughter (or daughter-in-law, or son!) day – when you buy her a gift card you can get one for yourself Continue reading

Vineyard Theatre Stages New York Premiere of Comedy “Can You Forgive Her?”

Gina Giofriddo’s Show Runs from May 4th – June 11th

The Vineyard Theatre rounds out its 2016-2017 season with the New York premiere of the Gina Gionfriddo’s dark comedy Can You Forgive Her? The two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist (Becky Shaw; Rapture, Blister, Burn) works with frequent collaborator Peter Dubois (Sunday in the Park with George) to return to the Vineyard for the first time since her 2005 hit, After Ashley.

Gionfriddo opens the show with protagonist Miranda (Amber Tamblyn – making her off-Broadway debut!) drowning in debt, possibly falling in love with the man paying her bills, and on the run from a date who threatened to kill her. On Halloween night, Continue reading

Celebrate Bike Month in Union Square Park

Learn Bike Safety, Test a Bike from Citi Bike®, Meet Mr. Met and More!

Join the Union Square Partnership and Citibank as we celebrate National Bike Month and countdown to Citi Summer in the Square in Union Square Park on May 18, 2017, from 10 AM – 3 PM. Test a bike from Citi Bike®, learn bike safety tips, find a bike near you, and enjoy giveaways all day long!

May 18th also marks the official countdown to Citi Summer in the Square, which brings free community programming to Union Square Park every Thursday from Continue reading

Where to Enjoy Public Seating in Union Square Park

Enjoy New Bistro Furniture Daily in Four Public Seating Areas

Spring has officially sprung, and that means public seating in Union Square’s plazas are back. This spring, the Union Square Partnership invested in new furniture for our public seating areas, which are managed daily by our Clean Team.

Hold a morning meeting outside, enjoy your lunch from your favorite #USQEats spot, or bring a book from Barnes & Noble or Strand Bookstore to read. Find a seat in the sun, or find shade under our blue umbrellas.

Broadway Pedestrian Plaza

On Broadway between 17th Street and 18th Street, enjoy a corridor of tables and chairs lined by planters filled with #USQBlooms. Plus, located in the center, get a charge at our solar-powered phone charging station.

Broadway Pedestrian Plaza

West Side Seating Area

Enter the park on the 16th Street Transverse and you’ll find the West Side Seating Area tucked away beneath beautiful park trees. Here is one of the quieter seating areas to enjoy, with chirping birds as the soundtrack. This summer, stop by from Continue reading