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.

LinkNYC Offers Advertising Opportunities to Small Businesses

Marketing Opportunity for Small Businesses with LinkNYC

LinkNYC is providing screen space for small businesses looking to drive business to their local shops. Appearing every 140 seconds, ads will be visible to pedestrians, shoppers and bikers on high traffic sidewalks.

Ideal for promoting events and special discounts at boutiques, restaurants and more, these special packages are designed for small businesses to make a maximum impact at an affordable price. Advertise on one Link for $250/week or two Links Continue reading

MTA Announces “L” Line Closure Updates

MTA Seeks to Shorten Shutdown to 15 Months; Start Date Pushed to April 2019

Following four public workshops about the MTA’s closure of the Canarsie Tube between Brooklyn and Manhattan, the MTA issued a press release sharing that they are seeking to shorten the shutdown of the L Train, and fund additional improvements. Approvals will be awarded once board meetings conclude this week. Judlau Contracting Inc., is the chosen project contractor and if approved will have $15 million in incentives to finish the tunnel project in 15 months. Starting the closure in April 2019 instead of January 2019 also will allow L-Train riders to only miss one winter season of service rather than two. Additionally, the MTA plans to make station improvements at 1st Avenue and Bedford Avenue that will improve customer flow and provide elevator access.

Watch the board meetings on the MTA’s official YouTube channel.

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

Everything You Need To Know About The W Train in USQ

W Train Offers Weekday Local Service Only; Replaces Q in Queens

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Photos courtesy of MTA

The W train is coming back to Broadway (the Avenue, not the stage) as the Q line prepares to make its transition to the new Second Avenue subway route. The W will replace the Q in Queens; the Q will only run in Manhattan and Brooklyn .

We’ve broken down service on the yellow lines below if you’re traveling through Union Square, effective starting November 7th Continue reading