Why We’re Excited For Fall in Union Square

Get the Inside Scoop On What You Can’t Miss This Fall in #UnionSquareNY

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14. Harvest in the Square | We kicked off the season on the first day of fall celebrating our vibrant community and culinary scene at the 21st Annual Harvest in the Square, raising a record $378,000 for Union Square Park and the surrounding neighborhood. Over the past 21 years, USP has raised over $5.7 million for district beautification and community programming. Thank you for joining us! (Photos)

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13. New Fast Casual on 4th Avenue | Lunch is easier than ever with so many fantastic grab-and-go options on 4th Avenue, just south of 14th Street. Crowds are lining up for the New York debuts of Cava Grill and The Pokè Spot, which join lunch favorites Dos Toros and Glaze, creating a corridor of delicious fast casual eateries. Later this season The Melt Shop opens its doors on the same block (Grilled cheese and tomato soup, please!).

12. The Class of 2020 | School is back in session and a new crop of students are adding vitality to the district from The New School and NYU, as well as NYU’s 16th President Andrew Hamilton for his first fall semester. Plus, The New School’s Mannes School of Music celebrates 100 years with nine special events from now through December.

11. Union Square East Renaissance | This year the Union Square Partnership worked with Orda Management + NYC Parks to plant 80 new trees in Union Square East medians, with more landscaping enhancements on the way. Mount Sinai Beth Israel is putting the final touches on a new entrance, lobby and urgent care center.  44 Union Square is restoring the historic Tammany Hall façade with new retail and creative office space.

10. Exceptional Off-Broadway Theatre | The Vineyard Theatre continues its legacy of bold productions with This Day Forward, a gripping new comedy about love, marriage and everything in-between.

9. Project Farmhouse + Autumn Greenmarket Bounty | The team behind the world-famous Union Square Greenmarket is launching a new space dubbed Project Farmhouse featuring Greenmarket products, events and classes. Back at the market, vendor booths are brimming with the fall bounty, and we’ve got your fall recipes right here. Stop by Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, 8 AM – 6 PM for apples, pumpkins, butternut squash and plenty more.

8. Bike Network Improvements | The City’s Department of Transportation is making enhancements to the bicycle paths along the eastern and northern sides of the Square to reduce conflicts with pedestrians and vehicles, including more lanes.

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7. Artwork That Turns Heads | USP’s latest art installation Morphous by South African artist Lionel Smit is drawing critical acclaim, and is your favorite Instagram backdropCheck out how the team moved 2,800 lbs of bronze and steel to the district.

6. Let’s Go Shopping | Union Square is cozying up to the soft life after Lou & Grey opened its doors this month. Late October, beauty brand NYX Cosmetics opens its first Manhattan store. Additionally, North Sails Apparel is preparing its space on Lower 5th Avenue and 15th Street.

5. New #USQEats | Union Square’s restaurant scene is getting fired up for fall. TsuruTonTan opened its first US-operation with over 35 different udon dishes. Acclaimed Israeli chef Meir Adoni teams up with Breads Bakery’s Gadi Peleg to open modern Middle Eastern bistro, Nur. Finally, Jean-Georges Vongerichten is expected to open his vegetable-focused restaurant, abcV, later this month. Get the #USQEats inside scoop here.

4. The Reinvented Blue Water Grill | After a million dollar renovation, we’re proud to celebrate 20 years of exceptional seafood in Union Square at the reinvented Blue Water Grill. Along with a new interior layout, the opening brings a separate space, Metropolis, to the lower level for oysters and cocktails galore. Book your table.

3. The New Union Square Cafe | Danny Meyer’s iconic Union Square Cafe is one of the most highly-anticipated openings of the season. Next door, the adjacent storefront will debut a new coffee + bakery concept called Daily Provisions – attendees to Harvest in the Square enjoyed a preview of artisinal breads and cinnamon dusted crullers.

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2. New Tech Center on the Way | This season, NYC’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) will reveal the team selected to redevelop the city-owned site at 124 East 14th Street. The project may include new office and retail space geared towards startups and co-working.

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1. A Picture Perfect Holiday Kick-off |  On Sunday, November 20th, have your free professional holiday photos taken in Union Square, courtesy of USP. Stop by UrbanSpace’s Union Square Holiday Market any day up until Christmas Eve to snag unique gifts from local craftsmen and artists.

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