On Monday, May 16th, USP welcomed neighborhood residents, business and property owners and other key district stakeholders to our Annual Meeting & Networking Reception. The event marked our 32nd Annual Meeting but was also a celebration of our founding 40 years ago in 1976.
Hosted by the W New York – Union Square, the meeting opened with Executive Director Jennifer Falk who exclaimed that the spirit that drove our founders to improve, beautify and champion this dynamic neighborhood in 1976 is the same spirit that motivates the Union Square Partnership to continue that work today. She discussed our work over the last year, including several new real estate developments, a wide variety of new businesses moving into the area, and new landscaping initiatives and expanded public programming. For a full recap of this year’s work, please enjoy the 2016 Annual Report.
President and Co-Chair Lynne P. Brown remarked on USP’s anniversary and Union Square’s progress since she began her work in the district. “Union Square’s transformation has been incredible to witness.”
New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer was featured as a special guest speaker and echoed Brown’s sentiments. He praised the work in the area over the last four decades and highlighted the strength and diversity of the district’s business community. He also discussed the programs that he is working on to support businesses in Union Square and throughout the city.
GrowNYC, founded the same year as USP, is also celebrating its 40th year. In honor of the shared anniversaries, Marcel Van Ooyen, Executive Director of GrowNYC discussed the Greenmarket’s impact on Union Square as well as GrowNYC’s newest initiative, Project Farmhouse, a new permanent sustainability and education center.
Treasurer Kenneth Salzman’s gave a summary of our budget for fiscal year 2017, and Secretary Jennifer Garvey-Blackwell conducted voting for the board of directors. Before the close of the meeting, Falk, Board Co-Chair William Abramson and the family of Norman Buchbinder, a founder of the USP board that passed in January 2007, presented the Norman Buchbinder Award for Community Service in his memory to McLawrence Glynn, USP Deputy Director of Operations, for his over 20 years of service patrolling the district and maintaining a welcoming environment by addressing quality-of-life issues.
The meeting was followed by a networking reception, where attendees enjoyed refreshments provided by the W New York – Union Square and a jazz performance by The New School Jazz Trio.
Congratulations to our business card drop winner, Brendon C.!
Check out more photos from the event here.