Car Free NYC Closes Broadway to Traffic on Sat. April 22nd

Details on Street Access for Motor Vehicles, Street Closures

This Earth Day, NYC DOT is closing Broadway from Times Square to Union Square to vehicular traffic and is filling NYC’s public plazas with exciting activities like dance, art, presentations, music, and more with Car Free NYC. In Union Square, prepare for free fitness on the Broadway Pedestrian Plaza (17th Street and Broadway) with neighborhood business Paragon Sports.

Businesses, residents and visitors should prepare for April 22nd in order to minimize disruption due to street closures. See below for tips from the NYC DOT:

Get BOGO Burritos and Bowls at Pokéworks Grand Opening

Celebration Includes Raffle Giveaways, Prizes and Lots of Poké

Enjoy fresh fish with the fresh spring weather at Pokéworks’ new Union Square location (21 East 15th Street) at their grand opening event, Saturday, April 22nd from 11 AM – 8 PM. Bring a friend to enjoy buy-one-get-one poke bowl and burritos all day long. Plus, while you wait, enjoy raffle giveaways including Pokéworks gear and gift cards. Check out Pokéworks on Instagram to participate in a contest leading up to the event.

Share your poké pictures with #USQEats.

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The Best #USQEats, Sweets + Treats to Celebrate Easter

Your Guide to Easter in Union Square

Spring Bonbons at Gotham Bar and Grill

From planning Sunday brunch to crafting and filling festive baskets, Union Square offers all the Easter essentials. Check out these locations to book a table, pick up desserts and have fun this holiday weekend.

Brunch + Dinner

Union Square Cafe

Dine with the neighborhood’s famous Union Square Cafe (101 East 19th Street) open for Easter brunch from 11 AM to 3 PM and dinner from 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM. Reserve.

Enjoy a Parisian style brunch 11 AM to 4:30 PM at Maison Kayser (841 Broadway), or take home French specialties chouquettes, financiers and more pastries.

Have an Easter a la Mexicana at Rosa Mexicano (9 East 18th Street). Celebrate Spring with Fresh Fish Primavera and drink Agua Fresca, the fruit flavored water traditional for Mexican Easter weekend festivals, all on the special Easter menu. Reserve.

Craft (43 East 19th Street) is open for prix fixe Easter Brunch. From 11 AM to 3 PM feast on a combo of pastry basket, family style starters and a choose-your-own main course. Reserve.

From Quiche to seafood tacos, Blue Water Grill (31 Union Square West) opens at 11:30 AM and offers a variety of brunch options. Reserve.

DIY with help from Whole Foods (4 Union Square South). Pick up ingredients and impress with spring gathering cooking tips.

Classic Italian dishes at the Florian Café (225 Park Avenue South) are perfect for bringing family together. Try brunch specials or dig in to Italian specialties like thin crust pizza and artisan pasta. Reserve.

Sweets

Sugar Bunny from Baked by Melissa

Get your sweet tooth fix for adults and kids. Spring Bonbons from Gotham Bar and Grill (21 East 12th Street) fresh out of Executive Pastry Chef Ron Paprocki’s “Chocolate Lab” are perfect for the sophisticated host. Try the 2017 Collection flavors Cointreau-Caramel, Lemon-Olive Oil, New York State Honey  and Strawberry-Yuzu. Pick them up, or have them delivered.

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Union Square’s Premier Athletic Destination Paragon Sports Debuts Dept. 1908

Shop for Athletic, Outdoor and Casual Footwear in One Department

Visitors and residents alike know there’s one store in the city to fill all your athletic needs at once, and now it’s taking its footwear experience to the next level. Today, Paragon Sports introduces Dept. 1908 – your destination for 2,500 curated styles of footwear in a fresh, new space with its own dedicated entrance at 21 East 17th Street.

Announcing DEPT.1908 Paragon Sports' NEW Footwear Experience #dept1908 #paragonsports #grandopening

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The name gives a nod to Paragon’s New York City heritage as a family owned and operated and innovative specialty store since 1908.

”We felt that there was a void in the marketplace for the consumer experience while shopping for both technical and lifestyle product,” said Bruce Blank, CEO and President of Paragon Sports. “Dept. 1908 fills that void by offering an authentic NYC shopping experience through unmatched selection and on point expertise. Our Athletic, Outdoor and Casual Footwear departments have been brought together in an exciting new space while maintaining the specialty feel and staying true to the Paragon brand. ”

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Local Businesses, Musicians Invited to Sign Up for Make Music New York

NYC’s Largest One-Day Celebration of Music is Wednesday, June 21st

Make Music New York (MMNY) is a truly unique celebration: a music holiday on which musicians of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels are empowered to perform in public spaces throughout all five boroughs of NYC, energizing the entire city in the process. Over its ten-year history, Make Music New York has grown to become NYC’s largest one-day collection of free, outdoor concerts.

MMNY is calling for both musicians to perform and venues to host a performance for this year’s event. Register by May 1st.

Performers:

  • Create a performer profile to search and connect with hundreds of participating venues including shops, parks, plazas, libraries, museums and more.
  • Post your bio, social media information and music samples and venues will discover you and book you for this year’s event.

Venues:

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Get Your Nosh On This Passover at Breads Bakery

Breads Serves Flour-less Sweets + More Passover Essentials

Macaroons are a classic Passover treat.

Whether you celebrate Passover or not, head over to Breads Bakery (18 East 16th Street) for flour-less treats this week in honor of the Jewish Holiday.

Breads’ special Passover menu features classic desserts like Coconut Macaroons, and their specialty Pineapple Macaroons (or learn to make them at home). Get your cake fix with their Brownie Cake or, new this year, a larger version of the Chocolate Poppy.

And those craving homemade Matzo Ball soup, it’s available all week at the cafe.

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