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

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:

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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State Offers Webinars to Help Businesses with Minimum Wage Adjustment

The Department of Labor Hosts the Series Twice a Week

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In response to the increased minimum wage laws in New York, the state is offering webinars to help employers determine new employee pay rates (including tipped employees). The new wages went into effect December 31, 2016 and will continue to rise annually until the wages reach $15 an hour.

The webinar series will take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 AM Р10:30 AM through February 16th. Sign up for a webinar here.

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Business Recycling Rules Implemented to Reduce Organic Waste

New Department of Sanitation Rules Enforced for 2017

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Certain businesses are now required to comply with the new business organics rules improving recycling efforts of food waste, food soiled paper and yard waste.

Businesses that meet the following minimum requirements must follow the new guidelines:

  • All food service establishments in hotels with 150 or more rooms
  • All food service vendors in arenas and stadiums with seating capacity of at least 15,000 people
  • Food manufacturers with a floor area of at least 25,000 square feet
  • Food wholesalers with a floor area of at least 20,000 square feet

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#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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Bike Network Expansion Coming to Union Square This Fall

New and Extended Bike Lanes Along Union Square Park

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Biking through Union Square is getting safer and easier for thousands of cyclists that ride through the Square daily. The City’s Department of Transportation is in the midst of major improvements to the area’s bike network this season, closing gaps and installing protected lanes, increasing safety and mobility for both pedestrians and cyclists.

The northbound protected lane on Fourth Avenue will now Continue reading