Honoring Our NYPD Officers at Safe City Safe Streets

Union Square Partnership Thanks Our Local NYPD Precincts For A Safe 2016

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USP’s Executive Director, Jennifer Falk, and Operations Team, Tom DiRusso and McLawrence Glynn, present Midtown South Precinct Honoree Police Officer Alberto Ortiz with his “Officer of the Year” Award for his service to NYC.

In the neighborhood we call home, we are lucky to have the protection and support of multiple NYPD precincts working tirelessly to keep the district safe. At the annual Safe City Safe Street luncheon, along with our partners at Con Edison, NYU, Mount Sinai and Buchbinder & Warren, we were honored to sponsor and recognize NYC Police Department Commissioner O’Neill and the Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce’s “Officer of the Year” honorees from the 6th, 9th, 10th, 13th and Midtown South Precincts, as well as our partners at Transit District 4 for all they do for our community.

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New Year’s Eve Glam Looks in USQ

Create Your Best Look with NYX Cosmetics, Red Door Spa, MAC + More

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From a classic red lip, to a cat eyeliner-flick, to face masks and mud scrubs, blow outs and more, get glam for New Year’s in Union Square without stepping beyond the Square.

Professional Makeup For All At NYX Cosmetics ($)

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Since NYX Cosmetics opened at 41 Union Square West this fall, beauty mavens have been flocking to the Square for the latest looks at the absolute best prices. We’re taking a cue from #NYXCosmetics loyalists to sparkle this New Year’s Eve with Face Body Glitter in Bronze, Silver or Ice. *BONUS: Share your holiday pictures in Union Square on Twitter and Instagram by Monday, Dec. 26th and tag #USQHoliday for a chance to win goodies from NYX!

 

Braids + Blow Outs + More At Red Door Spa ($$)

If there’s a night to invest in a professional hair-do, it’s the picture-laden New Year’s Eve. At Red Door Spa (200 Park Avenue South) go for a classic blow out, or even a braid to keep your hair out of your face while you dance all night long. And while you’re there, makeup touch ups, manis and pedis are also available. Start 2017 on the right foot with a classic spa experience. Best to book in advance. Continue reading

Last Minute Party Platters, Holiday Dinners Available at Whole Foods

It’s Not Too Late To Cater Your Holiday Parties

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‘Tis the season for holiday festivities, get-togethers, office parties, and special family meals, and it’s not too late to make your holiday extra special and delicious this year. Dig in to full holiday dinners with family, or snack on deli slider platters and pretzel bite baskets at the office party. Even take your party up a notch and add truffles, caviar and oysters for an extra special celebration. Hanukkah and Christmas specific meals are available.

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Celebrating the Holidays & Our Community Partners

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Each year, it takes a village to keep Union Square safe, clean, beautiful and thriving.

Our annual holiday celebration is an opportunity to thank our long list of community partners, board of directors and staff for another great year working together to take the @UnionSquareNY district to even greater heights. And at this year’s event we had the chance to celebrate the ten year anniversary of our unflappable leader, executive director Jennifer Falk, with an award presentation.

“Jenn has worked tirelessly to ensure the neighborhood’s continued growth and success. Under her leadership, the organization has achieved many new milestones. This past year, Jenn raised $1.2 million over our annual assessment of $2.2 million, which is our largest annual fundraising total in the organization’s history. And earlier in her tenure, Jenn led the charge to complete our largest capital project to date, the $20 million North End Project, which tripled the park’s play space, rehabilitated the historic Pavilion, repaved the plazas, and enhanced the park’s overall landscaping. Every corner of the district has shown improvement and we are grateful to Jenn for her dedication to improving our community.” – BID President Lynn Brown and Co-Chair Bill Abramson

Over 250 guests attended the annual celebration held this year at new #USQEats, Union Fare. At the end of the evening, guests received gift bags which showed off some of Union Square’s finest – a special thank you to Cava Grill, GrowNYC, Peet’s Coffee, Starbright Floral Design, Strand Bookstore, Union Square Laser Dermatology, and Union Fare for the treats!

View all the photos on Flickr.

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First Lady of NYC Kicks Off Mental Health Week of Action in Union Square

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(From L to R) Union Square Partnership Executive Director, Jennifer Falk, Actor Denis O’Hare, First Lady of NYC Chirlane McCray, and Deputy Mayor Richard Buery kick off Mental Health Week of Action in Union Square at The Pavilion. Photo Credit: Kimberlee Hewitt

On Monday morning, First Lady of NYC Chirlane McCray kicked off Mental Health Week of Action in Union Square to connect New Yorkers to free, confidential mental health help during the holidays. Joining her was Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives Richard Buery, as well as American Horror Story actor Denis O’Hare, who both spoke about the need for better mental health resources for those in need.

“These winter days of sparkling holiday lights and family gatherings are often joyous. But for some people – such as people who are grappling with depression, anxiety, or substance misuse – this can be such a difficult time of the year. Our mission this week is to let New Yorkers know they don’t have to bear the burden alone” –  First Lady Chirlane McCray

After speaking to New Yorkers, the First Lady, Deputy Mayor and O’Hare passed out helpful literature on how to cope with holiday stress in the Union Square Greenmarket and Union Square Holiday Market by Urbanspace.

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Where To Shop: Union Square Holiday Market

Open Daily Through Christmas Eve

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With over 100+ artisan shops to choose from, you can easily become overwhelmed by the options at the Union Square Holiday Market by Urbanspace. Since we’ve been shopping the market just about every day since it’s opened, enjoy our tips for the top spots to shop. (And if we missed your favorite, tag #USQHoliday on social media and let us know!)

First Stop: Info Booth (Booth A64)

Why tackle a maze without a map? Enter the market near the 14th Street and Union Square West subway station and you’ll find the Urbanspace info booth, equipped with market maps and the Union Square Holiday Guide. The market map details vendors locations, while the guide includes market hours and deals to nearby eateries for post-shopping bites.

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Parks Pride: NYC Parks Department (A65)

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Our favorite booth (can you blame us?) let’s you take home a piece of Union Square. Snag an infamous Union Square Park squirrel stuffed animal, GrowNYC’s The Bronx Greenmarket Hot Sauce, or even a Union Square Park sign.

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Crafting: Children’s Museum of the Arts Booth For Kids! (D28)

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Discover arts and crafts for kids at the Children’s Museum of the Arts where museum teachers will help kids create and learn in the market’s Gingerbread House for the perfect shopping break.

Glove Heaven: ItalianLeatherGloves.com (A3)

If you ever wanted to see a website come to life, now’s your chance. Browse hundreds of fine Italian leather gloves in all sizes, colors and styles, usually only available online.

Au Natural: Beekman’s Copa Soaps (A7)

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Besides the delicious aromas and promises of smooth hands, we have to give it up to Beekman’s for creativity: their business card is wrapped around a mini bar of soap! If you can’t decide on a scent, medley packs Continue reading