Meet 50+ Chefs at Harvest in the Square

The Annual Food & Wine Festival Hosts Top Chefs from Union Square Eateries

The Union Square Cafe team including Pastry Chef Daniel Alvarez and Head Baker Justin Rosengarten at the 21st Annual Harvest in the Square.

Union Square is a hot place to spot your favorite chef. Weekly, you’ll spy a white chef’s jacket at the Union Square Greenmarket, only to confirm on Instagram later it was Chef Meir Adoni from Nur or Dominique Ansel among many others.

Get to know these masters of the culinary art at Harvest in the Square on September 14th: More than 50 local chefs will serve their signature dishes to fundraise for the Union Square Partnership’s work in the neighborhood.

Gadi Peleg of Breads Bakery and Nur is the 2017 Harvest in the Square Restaurant Chair.

Each year USP honors one neighborhood partner with the title of Restaurant Chair, and we’re thrilled to partner with Gadi Peleg for the 22nd Annual Event. Peleg opened Breads Bakery in 2013, where it has been a Union Square staple ever since. Earlier this summer we welcomed Nur, his collaboration with Israel’s Chef Meir Adoni, featuring middle eastern cuisine like you’ve never tasted before.

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“Nur was opened in Union Square for many of the same reasons I selected the area when opening Breads Bakery,” said Peleg. “The neighborhood is the epicenter of the New York culinary scene, and the Greenmarket serves as the district’s heart and soul. We are thrilled to add Nur to the culinary landscape of this unique neighborhood and strive to be part of this exciting scene for years to come.” Meet both Peleg and Adoni at Harvest in the Square on September 14th.

Chef Dimitri from Cava Grill (Photo: @chefdcava on Instagram)

Joining us at Harvest for his second year is Chef Dimitri Moshovitis, the executive chef and founder of CAVA Continue reading

Celebrate the End of #USQSummer on August 10th

Enjoy Giveaways, Bubbles, Movie Night and More

As summer comes to a close, join us for the final days of Citi Summer in the Square in Union Square Park to celebrate all the fun we’ve together at 9 weeks of free community programming. We’re bringing out all the stops for an endless day of fun on August 10th.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

The off-Broadway hit, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show,  based on Eric Carle’s famous book is coming back to the stage this fall at the DR2 in Union Square. Enjoy an exclusive preview of the show on the Citi Summer in the Square stage on August 10th at 11 AM! Enter on social media on August 10th to win tickets to the show.

Freeze Dance + Giveaways

In addition to our 11 AM performance, stick around for a game of freeze dance with Citi Summer in the Square’s Sarah Seeds on the South Plaza, plus maracas to take home!

Double The Face Painters

We’ve had so much fun getting our faces painted, making sand art, and enjoying snow cones at the Citibank tent Continue reading

7 Car-Free Miles in NYC at Citi Summer Streets

Enjoy Citi Summer Streets on August 5th, 12th and 19th from 7 AM to 1 PM

Fill your August Saturday schedule with walking, playing, biking and exploring the motorless streets of Manhattan from Central Park to the Brooklyn Bridge at Citi Summer Streets. For the first three Saturdays in August, Park Avenue will be car-free and full of activities to enjoy.

Pick up or drop off a Citi Bike in Union Square at one of 12 locations (find them on the map). Don’t have a pass? Enter our summer social media contest using the hashtag #USQSummer and you could win a 24-hour pass. Daily, weekly or monthly passes are also available to purchase at any Citi Bike station with a credit card.

You’ll find activities all along the Citi Summer Streets route, or you can stop and stay a while in Union Square:

  • Every Saturday the Union Square Greenmarket fills the North and West plaza with farmers, bakers and more selling fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as breads, honey, hot sauce and more
  • At 2 PM, you can enjoy a free walking tour with the historians at Big Onion Walking Tours around Union Square Park. Meet at the Abraham Lincoln Statue on the 16th Street transverse.
  • On August 19th, meet Anna Kendrick at Barnes & Noble
  • For the first two Saturdays, book a Restaurant Week prix fixe brunch at a local spot you’ve never tried before

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#USQSummer Throwback Thursday Movie Nights in Union Square Park

Free Movie Nights on the North Plaza August 3rd and August 10th

A New York summer isn’t complete without an outdoor movie night. We’re throwing it back to the 1980s for our Throwback Thursday movie nights featuring The Karate Kid on August 3rd, and Back to the Future on August 10th.

Here’s everything you need to know to have a successful Movie Night at Citi Summer in the Square:

LOCATION:

Look for the big screen in the North Plaza along 17th Street between Union Square East and West across from Barnes & Noble.

TIME:

Seating opens at 6:30 PM, however you are welcome to line up early for your seat entry at 6 PM. Don’t worry though – there’s not a bad seat in the house!

The early bird gets the goodies. The first 500 people in attendance receive Pret A Manger Popcorn and a Citibank Seat Cushion.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:

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Thank Your Local NYPD Officers at National Night Out

Meet Your Local Precinct on Tuesday, August 1st in Union Square

Night Out NYPD

Join NYPD officers on Tuesday, August 1st to meet members of your local precinct, including commanding officers, patrol officers, neighborhood coordination officers, crime prevention, youth officers and more! The nationwide event offers an activity-packed evening to interact with your neighbors, community and local business leaders who share the common goal of keeping our neighborhood safe.

As our local officers work daily to keep our neighborhood safe, National Night Out offers a chance to show our appreciation for their work in the neighborhood.

Join in for games activities for all ages, food and more at the following locations:

Transit District 4: North Plaza, Union Square Park (3 – 7 PM)

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Restaurant Week Celebrates 25 Years

Experience the Best Dining Union Square has to Offer July 24 – August 18th

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Take a night (or a few!) off from the kitchen and enjoy the 25th Annual NYC Restaurant Week at some of our favorite Union Square eateries. Restaurant Week offers fine dining at a fine price, with restaurants offering three-course prix-fixe lunch & dinner menus the whole week.

 

Enjoy the summer weather and dine al fresco with fresh seafood from Chef Chris Meenan at Blue Water Grill, or taste the fresh ingredients of the Greenmarket at Irvington Continue reading

Spend the Dog Days of Summer in Union Square

Plan the Perfect Day for your #USQPets

Photo: Instagram @leo_thebostonterrier

Sunny summer days mean long strolls in the park for all of our #USQPets. Find the best spots to hang with your pup in Union Square this summer.

 

Thanks to our friends at the Union Square Dog Run, pets can enjoy a respite from the city streets and run around on the gravel, make new friends, and play catch. Owners can enjoy shade from our signature blue umbrellas dispersed throughout the run.

 

If you’re looking for a pet-friendly grocery story, try the Union Square Greenmarket every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 8 AM – 6 PM. Your dog might even be featured as the dog of the week. Share your photos with #GMKTDogs on Instagram and Twitter.

 

For all your pet shopping needs, like a new leash, toys or even just the basics,  stop by one of these four pet retailers in the area.

  • Canis Minor238 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003
  • Pet Central55 West 16 Street, New York, New York 10011
  • Petco860 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
  • Wagwear 48 East 11th Street, New York, NY 10003

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