Sweet Stuff: Our Valentine’s Day Guide

Gift Ideas, Makeup Applications and More To Get You V-Day Ready in USQ

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Union Square’s sweetest spots are ready to help you plan your Valentine’s Day in a snap. We’ve gathered up some of our favorite treats, date nights, events, and even marriage ideas to get you V-Day ready right here in Union Square.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth: Dylan’s Candy Bar

Head to Dylan’s Candy Bar (33 Union Square West) to find your cupid’s favorite sweets. Choose from hundreds of gummies, hard candies and chocolates, or pick up a pre-packed assortment selected by the experts.

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Chocolate Must-Haves: City Bakery and Breads Bakery

Cuddle up at City Bakery (3 West 18th Street) for a special V-Day #datenight and share a massive cup of hot chocolate during their Hot Chocolate festival – proven to be worth it because they’re celebrating 25 years of delectable, scrumptious chocolate!

 

Whether you’re dining in or out, plan to pick up dessert at Breads Bakery (18 E 16th Street). Their Nutella babka promises layers upon layers flaky deliciousness that you can pull apart with your hands and enjoy together. Watch below to see exactly what you’re in for!

 

Proposal Ideas: Get Down on One Knee at LinkNYC

The Links that have been popping up over the city (offering free public Wi-Fi, phone calls, device charging and a tablet for access to city services, maps and directions) are hoping to help New Yorkers pop the question on Valentine’s Day. Email hello@link.nyc to coordinate the location, time and Continue reading

The Vineyard Theatre Welcomes a New Managing Director + Show

Union Square Partnership Welcomes Suzanne Appel to the Neighborhood

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Right on cue with a fresh new year, the Vineyard Theatre welcomes its new managing director Suzanne Appel to kick off 2017. Appel comes to the Vineyard from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, where she has served as the Director of External Affairs since 2015. Prior to her role at Hubbard Street, she served as Managing Director at Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco, according to the press release.

“The Vineyard has had a profound impact through the years, developing and launching so many incredible new plays and musicals,” said Appel in a statement. “I am looking forward to working with Doug and Sarah and with the Vineyard’s Board of Directors, staff and artists to advance the company’s mission to nurture artists and bold new work. As a native New Yorker, I’m also thrilled to be coming home to this wonderful community.”

We are thrilled to welcome Appel to the district, and to the Union Square Partnership, of which the Vineyard Theatre is a long-standing board member and supporter.

“With its long-list of award winning shows and playwrights, the Vineyard Theatre is a key partner in our work to market the district and showcase the very best that Union Square has to offer,” said Jennifer Falk, executive director of the Continue reading

Taste 28 Varieties of Hot Chocolate at City Bakery in February

The 25th Annual Hot Chocolate Festival Kicks Off Feb. 1st

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Since 1990, The City Bakery on West 18th Street (between 5th Ave and 6th Ave) has served one of the city’s favorite hot chocolates. The City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival is back this year, celebrating 25 Years in Union Square! Join us to beat the cold with a mug of hot cocoa and handmade marshmallows.

Every day you visit in February you can expect a different hot chocolate special. Enjoy Espresso, Ginger, Tropical, Caramel, Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate, Banana Peel Chocolate, a special Love Potion on Valentine’s Day and so much more. When are you stopping by?

  • 1st   – Ginger Hot Chocolate
  • 2nd  – Espresso Hot Chocolate
  • 3rd   – Creamy Stout Hot Chocolate
  • 4th   – “Happy” Hot Chocolate
  • 5th   – Caramel Hot Chocolate
  • 6th   – Tropical Hot Chocolate
  • 7th   – Chili Pepper Hot Chocolate
  • 8th   – Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
  • 9th   – Darkest Dark Hot Chocolate #1
  • 10th – White Chocolate Waltz Hot Chocolate
  • 11th – S’Morey Hot Chocolate
  • 12th – Milk Chocolate Hot Chocolate
  • 13th – Espresso Hot Chocolate
  • 14th – Love Potion Hot Chocolate
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State Offers Webinars to Help Businesses with Minimum Wage Adjustment

The Department of Labor Hosts the Series Twice a Week

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In response to the increased minimum wage laws in New York, the state is offering webinars to help employers determine new employee pay rates (including tipped employees). The new wages went into effect December 31, 2016 and will continue to rise annually until the wages reach $15 an hour.

The webinar series will take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM through February 16th. Sign up for a webinar here.

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City and State Seek Feedback in Advance of L Train Closure

NYC Department of Transportation and Metropolitan Transportation Authority Host Community Workshops in Manhattan and Brooklyn

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The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) are hosting four public workshops –  two in Manhattan and two in Brooklyn – to gather community feedback on the L Train closure, which is expected to begin in 2019 and last approximately 18 months.

If you and your organization or business will be impacted by the closure, please plan to attend and provide input.

UPDATE: The February 9th meeting is postponed due to snow. Check back for updates.

POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER
East Side of Manhattan

Thursday, February 9th / 7PM – 9PM
Town and Village Synagogue
334 East 14th Street

West Side of Manhattan
Thursday, February 23rd / 7PM – 9PM
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
328 West 14th Street

Williamsburg
Thursday, February 16th / 6 PM – 8 PM
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Save the Date: Union Square Sweat Fest 2017

Experience The Best of Union Square’s Fitness Scene Feb. 9th – Feb 15th

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Mark your calendars: Union Square Sweat Fest is back for its third annual event Thurs, Feb. 9th – Wed, Feb. 15th! With more than 1,000 participants last year, Sweat Fest’s lineup has been expanded to showcase over 60 event partners at more than 30+classes throughout the week.

What is Union Square Sweat Fest?

Union Square Sweat Fest is a week-long event series highlighting the best in the Union Square districts premier health + fitness scene. Get fit with us all week long! You can sample workouts at the district’s best athleisure retailers + top gyms, and get “drenched” with Sweat Fest swag at featured studio classes. The event series also offers a dynamic line-up of children’s classes and a week-long social media contest.

RSVP to our Facebook event and invite your friends to get drenched with you!

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How do I register for classes?

Registration for all Union Square Sweat Fest events, including the ticketed opening and closing events, opens at 12 PM on Thurs, Feb. 2nd at unionsquaresweatfest.nyc.

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Business Recycling Rules Implemented to Reduce Organic Waste

New Department of Sanitation Rules Enforced for 2017

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Certain businesses are now required to comply with the new business organics rules improving recycling efforts of food waste, food soiled paper and yard waste.

Businesses that meet the following minimum requirements must follow the new guidelines:

  • All food service establishments in hotels with 150 or more rooms
  • All food service vendors in arenas and stadiums with seating capacity of at least 15,000 people
  • Food manufacturers with a floor area of at least 25,000 square feet
  • Food wholesalers with a floor area of at least 20,000 square feet

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