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:

Get BOGO Burritos and Bowls at Pokéworks Grand Opening

Celebration Includes Raffle Giveaways, Prizes and Lots of Poké

Enjoy fresh fish with the fresh spring weather at Pokéworks’ new Union Square location (21 East 15th Street) at their grand opening event, Saturday, April 22nd from 11 AM – 8 PM. Bring a friend to enjoy buy-one-get-one poke bowl and burritos all day long. Plus, while you wait, enjoy raffle giveaways including Pokéworks gear and gift cards. Check out Pokéworks on Instagram to participate in a contest leading up to the event.

Share your poké pictures with #USQEats.

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Union Square’s Premier Athletic Destination Paragon Sports Debuts Dept. 1908

Shop for Athletic, Outdoor and Casual Footwear in One Department

Visitors and residents alike know there’s one store in the city to fill all your athletic needs at once, and now it’s taking its footwear experience to the next level. Today, Paragon Sports introduces Dept. 1908 – your destination for 2,500 curated styles of footwear in a fresh, new space with its own dedicated entrance at 21 East 17th Street.

Announcing DEPT.1908 Paragon Sports' NEW Footwear Experience #dept1908 #paragonsports #grandopening

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The name gives a nod to Paragon’s New York City heritage as a family owned and operated and innovative specialty store since 1908.

”We felt that there was a void in the marketplace for the consumer experience while shopping for both technical and lifestyle product,” said Bruce Blank, CEO and President of Paragon Sports. “Dept. 1908 fills that void by offering an authentic NYC shopping experience through unmatched selection and on point expertise. Our Athletic, Outdoor and Casual Footwear departments have been brought together in an exciting new space while maintaining the specialty feel and staying true to the Paragon brand. ”

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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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Healthy Bites to Complement Your #USQSweatFest Workout

Find Freebies from Cava Grill, Whole Foods, Pret a Manger and The Pokéspot in Your Swag Bag

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One of our favorite parts of Union Square Sweat Fest is the opportunity to try new things, and new food! While you sweat it out this week, experience some of Union Square’s healthy eateries.

Cava Grill | Started by three childhood friends, Cava Grill celebrates the flavors of their families’ traditional Greek and Mediterranean cooking in a casual modern setting. They believe that while others are content to feed their faces, Cava customers desire food that feeds the spirit. Our spirits are especially into the custom Greens + Grains bowl with seasonal roasted veggies.

“Do you even lift, bruh?” 🤔🤔🤔 “ … do Greens + Grains count?” 💪😏

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Union Square Greenmarket | The world-famous Union Square Greenmarket began with just a few farmers in 1976, has grown exponentially; in peak season 140 regional farmers, fishers, and bakers sell their products to a dedicated legion of city dwellers. We are amazed 4 days a week by the variety that’s available, even in the depths of February. Find fresh greens, seafood, eggs, dairy, baked goods and more!

Clams, oysters, and mussels! Just add lots and lots of butter, garlic, white wine, and pasta, then dinner is served! #emdailypic

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Test Out Union Square’s Gyms at #USQSweatFest #GymoftheDay

New York Health & Racquet Club, Crunch, 14th Street Y and McBurney YMCA Offer Free Classes

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Over the course of Union Square Sweat Fest, our week-long event series showcasing the best of Union Square’s fitness scene, we’ve teamed up with four neighborhood gyms to give you one-day access. Each gym will host three open classes so you can get a taste of their space at no charge. Specific details and registration are on the Sweat Fest website.

Crunch – Friday, Feb. 10th

Working out is more fun with friends. @ariivory #AllKindsOfFUN #NoJudgments #CrunchGym

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Visit Crunch for “No Judgements.” The unfiltered philosophy drives them to create a community and gym for all regardless of shape, size, age, race, gender or fitness level. No matter your workout of choice, Crunch wants you to feel good while reaching your goals. Click here to check their #USQSweatFest class schedule Continue reading