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:

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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New School Alum Launches Book, Celebrates Mannes Centennial

The New School Alumna Marcia Butler Launches + Signs Her Debut Memoir

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The New School’s Mannes School of Music continues to celebrate its centennial by recognizing its talented group of alumni and their accomplishments. As part of the festivities, Mannes will host a free event to look back on the career of alumna and professional oboist, Marcia Butler.

The event will launch Butler’s debut memoir, The Skin Above My Knee, with a signing and select musical performances. Joining her for an in conversation interview will be former WNYC host Tim Page, a Mannes alum and a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist.

The event is first-come first-served and will take place at the Glassbox Theater at Arnhold Hall (13th Street and Sixth Avenue) on Monday, March 6th at 6 PM.

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Kid Victory Now Playing at the Vineyard Theatre

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The Musical Runs February 1st through March 19th

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The Vineyard Theatre’s 2016 – 2017 season is in full swing with the New York premiere of Kid Victory. Acclaimed composer John Kander (Chicago, Cabaret) and gifted playwright Greg Pierce (Her Requiem) set the stage, while award-winning director Liesl Tommy brings their story to life. Kander and Pierce previously teamed up in the Vineyard to write the beguiling series of love tales, The Landing.

The story centers on the return of 17-year-old Luke, who returns to his small town in Kansas one year after disappearing. Upon his return, the audience follows the captivating dynamic of Luke’s conservative family being forced to confront the unnerving truth about his disappearance.

The show runs weekly Tuesday through Sunday, with each performance running for approximately 2 hours with no intermission. Find the complete calendar and buy tickets here.

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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

New in 2017 (Plus, the Best of 2016 You Can Still Catch) in Union Square

2017 Brings New Restaurants, Theater, Free Events

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As you gear up to tackle 2017, we’re already anticipating an incredible year in the Square. Here are the top developments we’re excited for this year, plus the best of 2016 you can still enjoy.

1. Union Square Sweat Fest | Don’t give up on those New Year’s resolutions! SWEAT in Union Square with our third annual celebration of Union Square’s health and wellness scene. We’ll keep you committed with silent disco yoga at the W New York – Union Square, an exclusive workout in GrowNYC’s new Project Farmhouse, and free class trials at some of the best gyms in the neighborhood.

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2. Union Square Cafe Returns Home | The best part about Union Square Cafe’s new larger space? Each visit reveals something different you love about the restaurant. Whether it’s the artwork, the private nooks, or a seat at one of the bars, you can experience the incredible food and drink that earned the restaurant the highest accolades over the years.

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Photo: Emily Andrews, Thrillist

3. Exceptional Off-Broadway Theatre | In February, The Vineyard Theatre introduces John Kander and Greg Pierce’s Kid Victory directed by Liesl Tommy, a hauntingly mesmerizing new musical about seventeen-year-old Luke returning to his small Kansas town after a wrenching one-year absence. Tickets are now on sale! Across the street, the Daryl Roth Theatre presents Vox Luminere’s Phantom Of The Opera, a unique take on the classic musical.

4. New Tech Center on the Way | This season, NYC’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) will soon reveal the team selected to redevelop the city-owned site at 124 East 14th Street into a new tech hub for a modern workforce. The project may include new office and retail space geared towards startups and co-working.

5. Project Farmhouse | The team behind the world-famous Union Square Greenmarket, GrowNYC, just launched Project Farmhouse, an event space and sustainability center that hosts workshops, galas, speakers, community meetings and interactive exhibits. The new space is located on 13th Street, on the ground floor of the Hyatt Union Square.

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The view from the main entrance of Project Farmhouse with a ceiling made of recycled plastic bottles. Source: ProjectFarmhouse.org

6. New Foodie Spots Opening Soon | Prepare for Korean BBQ alongside classic Korean dishes at Barn Joo’s new multiple-story location at 35 Union Square West, set to open this winter. Acclaimed Israeli chef Meir Adoni teams up with Breads Continue reading

#ShopSmall This Saturday in #UnionSquareNY

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Visit Union Square this weekend to celebrate Small Business Saturday! In honor of the holiday, the first 20 people to attend this weekend’s free “Crossroads of New York Historic Walking Tour” of Union Square will receive a free #ShopSmall tote. The tour is presented by the Union Square Partnership.

Share your moments on Small Business Saturday using #ShopSmall on social media. Plus, tag your photos full of holiday cheer with #USQHoliday to win unique Union Square gifts!

Check out 10 of our small businesses you can celebrate Small Business Saturday with:

Union Square Greenmarket (Union Square Park, North and West Plazas)
Stop by the Union Square Greenmarket to shop directly from farmers from New York, New Jersey and beyond. Enjoy a cup of hot cider while you peruse the River Garden dried flowers, endless tables of fruits and vegetables, pies, breads and so much more.

 

Rothmans (Park Avenue South between 18th & 19th Streets)
Rothmans is a unique family owned and operated men’s clothing store with shops in NYC, Scarsdale, and now, “harry” in Bronxville. Located in Union Square since 1986, Rothmans offers men’s clothing including casual and fine wear, plus pop-up shops for trending products like S’well Water Bottles and more. Plus, check out their new online store. *Stop in this weekend for special Small Business Saturday deals!

 

Union Square Holiday Market (Union Square Park, South Plaza)
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