Friday is Earth Day – Go #CarFreeNYC

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This Friday is Earth Day! Choose to walk, bike or take public transportation to help limit emissions in NYC. To give New Yorkers a taste of what a car free life would feel like, Broadway between Union Square and the Flat Iron Building (23rd Street to 17th Street) will close to car traffic.

Some ways you can go #CarFreeNYC:

For more information on Earth Day in NYC, visit http://bit.ly/1YGZnrD

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Tuesday is Primary Day – Check Your Voting Location

primary-electionsThis Tuesday is the Presidential Primary in New York! Polling locations may have changed since your last time at the booth, so make sure to check where to vote using the NYC Poll Site Locator.

After exercising your democratic right, be sure fill out this short survey about accessibility conditions. The survey was created in partnership with the Office of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and the Center for the Independence of the Disabled-NY. Results from the survey will help draft recommendations for the Board of Elections to implement in future elections to keep our polls accessible.

Spring Plantings + Clean Team Brighten Up The Neighborhood

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To get Union Square Park in bloom, our landscaping landscaping team is hard at work to brighten the planters, walkways and pedestrian plazas with hundreds of new tulips, pansies and other colorful perennials.

You’ll also see the landscaping team working to get the Park ready for this summer’s full slate of activities by clearing, weeding, planting and mulching. And, to ensure the lawn is picnic-ready, they’re also aerating the lawn and seeding new grass.

Springtime also marks the expansion of the USP Clean Team’s daily schedule to meet the demands the neighborhood’s popularity places on the streetscape during the warmer months.  The Clean Team will be out in force from Monday to Wednesday from 6AM to 9PM, Thursday to Friday from 6 AM to 11 PM, Saturday from 7 AM to 11 PM, and Sunday from 7 AM to 9 PM. Over the next few weeks, the USP Clean Team will clean and touch up our green bistro tables and chairs that dot our popular seating areas — just in time for outdoor lunch breaks to start up again.

We work hard to keep our streets clean; look out for our guys in green, all summer long.

 

“Disorder” Debuts in Union Square

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Stand at the corner of Broadway and 17th Street and you’ll see the lines of the City — short and tall, old and new — a disorder that, together, forms a singular view of New York. It’s this architecture and energy that inspired French conceptual artist Bernar Venet’s new sculpture Disorder: 9 Uneven Angles, which was installed on this corner in partnership with the Paul Kasmin Gallery, the Department of Transportation and Union Square Partnership.

Standing 26 feet high, the sculpture’s nine Cor-ten steel angles of varying heights and degrees seem to move in juxtaposition to its surroundings, and attempt to alter people’s perception of their environment.

Mr. Venet, who lives in New York, just won the International Sculpture Center’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. His first solo show, in concert with Disorder‘s installation, will be presented at the Paul Kasmin Gallery starting April 28. The sculpture will be on view in Union Square until June.

The sculpture joins artist Beverly Pepper’s “My Circle” to the south, at the 15th Street Pedestrian Plaza.