NEW This Year at Citi Summer in the Square

Spend Your Summer Thursdays in Union Square Park with Over 135 Free Events

There’s nothing like summer in New York City – and there’s especially nothing like summer in Union Square. Experience it to the fullest with the return of our Citi Summer in the Square series bringing you the best outdoor fitness, live shows, and kids activities every Thursday from June 15th – August 10th in Union Square Park.

We’re mixing it up for 2017 with a slew of new fitness classes, an off-Broadway children’s show, live dueling performances (think DJs, pianos), #ThrowbackThursday Movie Nights, and the best round-up of #USQDeals you’ve ever seen. Plus, get excited for giveaways, bubble gardens and more with title sponsor Citibank on the South Plaza every week.

Paragon Sports’ Studio Showcase

Manhattan’s premiere athletic business Paragon Sports knows what’s HOT on the city’s fitness scene, and they’re bringing the best studios to you for free morning fitness in Union Square. Join studios like Yoga Vida, Pop Up Yoga, and SYB for a 7 AM yoga flow, or get amped up for the day with cardio at 8 AM by Dancebody, Ash Fit, Cardio Sweat Party, Jen Rufo’s Controlled KHAOS, Pon De Flo and more. Visit citisummerinthesquare.nyc/summerlineup for instructor dates and details.

Dueling Performances

Every Thursday at 5 PM prepare to witness epic showdowns from some of NYC’s best performers at our NEW Dueling Performances. Each week, artists at the the top of their trade – think pianists, painters, DJs, beatboxers, tap dancers and more – will perform, and YOU will determine who is the ultimate champion. Find a full list of performers each week at citisummerinthesquare.nyc/liveperformances.

New York Health & Racquet Club Takes It Outside

No more rushing to make an evening fitness class on the North Plaza. New York Health & Racquet Club brings you THREE evening classes (5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 PM) Continue reading

Al Fresco Dining in Union Square

Get Your #USQEats with a Side of Summer Sunshine

Soak in the best of summer with outdoor dining options along (or in!) Union Square Park, and throughout the district. Here’s our top picks for your best Al fresco experience. Plus, find the best specials at these spots at our new #USQDeals page.

The Coffee Shop (29 Union Square West)

On Union Square West enjoy Cuban and American fare for breakfast, lunch or dinner at The Coffee Shop (pictured above). Choose a spot outside along Union Square West or 16th Street.

ABCV / ABC Cocina (38 East 19th Street)

Along 19th Street you’ll find outdoor seating for Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Spanish ABC Cocina and vegetarian ABCV. Take a juice and energizing blue bowl to-go to eat outside at ABCV, or spicy cocktails with brunch at ABC Cocina.

 

Blue Water Grill (31 Union Square West)

Union Square’s seafood staple for more than 20 years, Blue Water Grill, takes outdoor eating to another level with its raw seafood tower. You’ll be transported from 16th Street to the waterfront in just one bite.

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Dylan’s Candy Bar (33 Union Square West)

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Strand Bookstore Celebrates 90 Years

From Book Row to Broadway, How Your Favorite Neighborhood Store Has Grown and Stayed the Same

Strand in 1938. Photo Credit: NY History Walks

Any trip to New York isn’t complete without a trip to Union Square and New York City institution, Strand Bookstore. Over the years, Strand has been featured as a favorite by press by The New York Times, New Yorker, Gothamist, TimeOut New York and many more. Not only is it the largest indie bookstore in the city, it’s also the largest family-run bookstore in the country, owned across three generations of the Bass Family.

Fred Bass and daughter Nancy Bass in Strand Bookstore in 2016. Photo Courtesy Strand Bookstore.

From the 1890s to the 1960s, 48 bookstores lined 4th Avenue from Union Square to Astor Place, then known as “Book Row.” Ben Bass opened the used bookstore at the age of 25. It was his son Fred’s idea to move Strand to its current location at 828 Broadway from Book Row in 1957 – today’s its the sole survivor of the historic shops. With its flagship based here in Union Square, you can now find Strand across the city with kiosks in Times Square and Central Park, inside Club Monaco on 5th Avenue, in SoHo at Artist & Fleas, and even quarterly in your mailbox with the Book HookUp subscription box.

Photo Courtesy Strand Bookstore.

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33rd Annual Meeting Celebrates USP’s Community Contributions

Executive Director Jennifer Falk presented an overview of USP’s work over the last year.

On Monday, May 15th, USP welcomed neighborhood residents, business and property owners, and other key district stakeholders to our 33rd Annual Meeting + Networking Reception.

Hosted by the W New York – Union Square, Executive Director Jennifer Falk presented an overview of the Partnership’s contributions to the community over the past year and plans for the coming year. She proudly shared that we raised our highest fundraising total to date, $1.5 million in addition to our annual assessment, which allowed us to plant new trees and understory landscaping in the median malls along Union Square East, expand outdoor seating areas with new bistro furniture, and install brighter, energy-efficient lighting to increase park safety. For a full recap of this year’s work, please enjoy the 2017 Annual Report.

“From the exciting developments taking place throughout the area, to the new businesses and incredible restaurants that continue to join our bustling community, the Union Square-14th Street district is thriving. We are proud of the progress we have made over the past year, and we look forward to continuing to further Union Square’s growth in the years to come,” said Falk. See our work in action at #USQBlooms on Twitter and Instagram.

Featured Speaker Civic Hall Founder/CEO Andrew Rasiej with Executive Director Jenn Falk and Union Square Partnership Co-Chair William Abramson.

Civic Hall Founder/CEO (and longtime resident) Andrew Rasiej was featured as a special guest speaker to speak to the City’s new $250 million tech hub planned for 124 East 14th Street and how Civic Hall, Continue reading

Read Our 2017 Commercial Market Report

Read the full report here.

How to Celebrate Mother’s Day in Union Square

Gift Ideas, Sweet Treats, and Brunch Reservations for the Perfect Mother’s Day

Cards and gifts available at Paper Source on 5th Avenue

Celebrate the women in your life this Mother’s Day the way you know best: by showing them you care. For everything else, stop by Union Square’s best gift spots and restaurants to help craft her special day.

If you can’t be physically be with your mom, we recommend you stop by Paper Source (75 Fifth Avenue). They have a gorgeous selection of cards to send with their special mother’s day gift packs. (We like the Mother’s Day Office Bundle, paired with the “I am Strong because a Strong Woman Raised Me” card. We think it’s #fierce.)

 

Speaking of Strong Women, we know that moms often do it all and more. That’s why we think it’s extra special that the Red Door Spa (200 Park Avenue South) is offering exclusive Mother’s Day spa packages. Make it a mother/daughter (or daughter-in-law, or son!) day – when you buy her a gift card you can get one for yourself Continue reading