#USQBlooms This Spring With USP District Investments

Neighborhood Investments Keep Union Square Busy, Vibrant

Tulips don’t just pop up in the neighborhood overnight. While it may seem like Union Square gets a spring cleaning in the blink of an eye, the Union Square Partnership invests in the neighborhood’s beautification all season long to keep our community blooming, bright and beautiful. Here are the projects you’ll see unfold this spring.

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Clean Team Extended Hours, Additional Staff

Your favorite winter warriors are transitioning from clearing snow to prepping the district for spring, and maintaining the neighborhood’s cleanliness all summer long. With higher foot traffic in the warmer months, USP invests in a larger clean team presence with longer hours to keep the district clean.

New Trash Receptacles

Serving over 345,000 people daily, our trash receptacles suffer from annual wear and tear. Each spring, USP invests in new dynasty trash receptacles to replace those that are worn down or damaged.

Spring Planters + Flower Baskets

Over the spring and summer, the USP Landscaping Team heads out to the district to keep 90 planters, including 9 flower baskets on light poles, full of fresh blooms to provide greenery for all to enjoy in our urban jungle. Find our planters along 17th Street, in the Broadway Pedestrian Plaza, and throughout Union Square Park’s plazas and walkways.

Park Landscaping

In addition to our planters, USP invests in seasonal plantings in Union Square Park’s most popular walkways and around our monuments to keep the park blooming all season long.

New Bistro Tables + Chairs

We’re here to keep your outdoor lunch game strong. Get out of the office and into the park and our pedestrian plaza to enjoy new bistro tables and chairs all season long. Find a spot to sit and relax on the main lawn, in the Continue reading

Free and Green Earth Day Celebrations in Union Square

Enjoy a Car Free Broadway, Special Events, Plastic Cleanse and More

Students of the Convent of the Sacred Heart School sweeping in Union Square Park on the first Earth day on April 22, 1970. Photo credit: National Geographic

Ever since the inaugural Earth Day celebration in Union Square in 1970, our park and public plazas have continued to be a draw for thousands to celebrate Earth Day each year. Here’s how you can celebrate Earth Day this year right here in Union Square.

Earth Day Initiative Celebration

On Tuesday, April 18th from 12 – 7 PM join Earth Day Initiative to meet environmental non-profits, green businesses, and enjoy kids’ activities and live performances.

Car Free NYC

On the second annual Car Free NYC on Earth Day, April 22nd from 10 AM – 4 PM join Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez and the NYCDOT as they close down Broadway to cars from Times Square to Union Square. In Union Square’s pedestrian plaza, enjoy free fitness with Paragon Sports and more.

Union Square Historical Walking Tour: Earth Day Edition

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Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming USP Events

Community Programming in Union Square

We can’t wait to see our community out in the district this season! Mark your calendar for upcoming USP events. Subscribe to our newsletter for updates.

2017 USP Annual Meeting
Monday, May 15, 2017
W New York – Union Square

It’s My Park! Day
Saturday, June 3, 2017
16th Street Transverse, Union Square Park

Summer in the Square
Thursdays, June 15 – August 10, 2017
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Where to Find Hawaii in Union Square with Poké

Take Your Poké Pick at Four Spots in Union Square

Pokéworks on 21 East 15th Street will be the neighborhood’s fourth poke destination.

Last year, neighborhoods were lucky to have one or two go-to spots to enjoy the fresh, Hawaiian dish that is poké: a raw fish salad served on a bowl of rice, zucchini noodles or lettuce with your choice of fresh toppings and Asian-inspired sauces. As a constant destination for trending eats in NYC (last year we welcomed Japan’s TsuruTonTan noodle shop and D.C.’s Cava Grill), you can now choose from four hot (or should we say, cold) restaurants in Union Square to get your poke fix.

Share your favorite spots with us @UnionSquareNY #USQEats.

Staple Spots

The Poké Spot (124 4th Avenue)

Celebrating a year in Union Square this August, The Poké Spot quickly swept up Union Square foodies into the poke craze at its first location. With signature creations or a customized experience featuring salmon, tuna, shrimp, tofu, chicken or crab, you can expand your horizons with toppings like Kani salad, three types of seaweed, masago, fish flakes, and rice puffs. For avocado fans, have your poke served in an avocado boat or go for the crab guac and chips.

 

Union Fare (7 East 17th Street)

If you can’t convince your crew to join you for poké, get your fix at the Union Fare Gastrohall for lunch. Enjoy poké salads and bowls while your friends can choose from multiple stations like burgers, sandwiches, pizza, roasted chicken, salad, tacos and more. Here you’ll find poké options like octopus and salmon topped with sesame seeds, green onions, watermelon radishes and avocado.

 

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New Kids on the Block

PokéVillage (250 East 14th Street)

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LinkNYC Offers Advertising Opportunities to Small Businesses

Marketing Opportunity for Small Businesses with LinkNYC

LinkNYC is providing screen space for small businesses looking to drive business to their local shops. Appearing every 140 seconds, ads will be visible to pedestrians, shoppers and bikers on high traffic sidewalks.

Ideal for promoting events and special discounts at boutiques, restaurants and more, these special packages are designed for small businesses to make a maximum impact at an affordable price. Advertise on one Link for $250/week or two Links Continue reading

MTA Announces “L” Line Closure Updates

MTA Seeks to Shorten Shutdown to 15 Months; Start Date Pushed to April 2019

Following four public workshops about the MTA’s closure of the Canarsie Tube between Brooklyn and Manhattan, the MTA issued a press release sharing that they are seeking to shorten the shutdown of the L Train, and fund additional improvements. Approvals will be awarded once board meetings conclude this week. Judlau Contracting Inc., is the chosen project contractor and if approved will have $15 million in incentives to finish the tunnel project in 15 months. Starting the closure in April 2019 instead of January 2019 also will allow L-Train riders to only miss one winter season of service rather than two. Additionally, the MTA plans to make station improvements at 1st Avenue and Bedford Avenue that will improve customer flow and provide elevator access.

Watch the board meetings on the MTA’s official YouTube channel.

Vote #USQEats Joe’s Pizza in NYCGO March Madness Food Fight

Which of New York’s Best Eats Will Take Home the Prize?

Joe’s Pizza is known as the quintessential New York slice. So it’s no surprise the Classic Slice was given the top seed for the foodie version of March Madness, New York City’s Food Fight: Tournament Edition. After breezing through Round 1 with the most resounding victory of the tournament, Joe’s now faces Peter Luger’s Porterhouse Steak to move on to the Flavorful Four. Voting for this round ends Monday, March 27th at 9 AM. Take a break from basketball brackets and vote for New York’s most classic dish.

After you vote, be sure to do your best #CheeseFense cheer with a slice at Joe’s in Union Square at 150 East 14th Street.