Explore NYC With Open House New York This Weekend

Tour The New School, Union Square Greenmarket, Rubin Museum of Art Oct 15-16


For two days each October, the annual Open House New York Weekend unlocks the doors of New York’s most important buildings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York.

Here are details on where you can visit in #UnionSquareNY:

Rubin Museum of Art | 150 W 17TH ST
Sat & Sun. 11am-6pm. Tours with curators at 2pm both days.
This contemplative space inspires visitors to make connections between contemporary life and the art and ideas of the Himalayas. Visit the Continue reading

Why We’re Excited For Fall in Union Square

Get the Inside Scoop On What You Can’t Miss This Fall in #UnionSquareNY


14. Harvest in the Square | We kicked off the season on the first day of fall celebrating our vibrant community and culinary scene at the 21st Annual Harvest in the Square, raising a record $378,000 for Union Square Park and the surrounding neighborhood. Over the past 21 years, USP has raised over $5.7 million for district beautification and community programming. Thank you for joining us! (Photos)


13. New Fast Casual on 4th Avenue | Lunch is easier than ever with so many fantastic grab-and-go options on 4th Avenue, just south of 14th Street. Crowds are lining up for the New York debuts of Cava Grill and The Pokè Spot, which join lunch favorites Dos Toros and Glaze, creating a corridor of delicious fast casual eateries. Later this season The Melt Shop opens its doors on the same block (Grilled cheese and tomato soup, please!).

12. The Class of 2020 | School is back in session and a new crop of students are adding vitality to the district from The New School and NYU, as well as NYU’s 16th President Andrew Hamilton for his first fall semester. Plus, The New School’s Mannes School of Music celebrates 100 years with nine special events Continue reading

Fall Cooking with the Union Square Greenmarket

Fennel and Celery Slaw | Winter Squash with Cider & Sage | Tuscan Kale Caesar Salad | Parsnip and Kale Saute

The Union Square Greenmarket team at Harvest in the Square 2016.

The Union Square Greenmarket team at Harvest in the Square 2016 serving Einkorn pasta with fresh tomato sauce and micro basil.

Since the first day of fall, pictures of Union Square Greenmarket pumpkins, squash and your favorite autumn vegetables have been taking over our Instagram-feed. To prepare us for a delicious season, we turned to our friends at GrowNYC for their top fall recipes. Pick up your vegetables Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the Greenmarket in Union Square Park for ingredients, and get cooking. For additional recipes, be sure to follow @UnSqGreenmarket on Instagram and Twitter.


(*Ingredients available seasonally at your neighborhood Greenmarket.)

Fennel and Celery Slaw Continue reading

A Record-Breaking Harvest in the Square

Treasured annual community event brings in highest ever fundraising total in event history to support the organization’s work to beautify, improve and program the Union Square district


More than 1,200 foodies, community leaders, elected officials and area businesses joined the Union Square Partnership on Thursday, September 22nd to celebrate the 21st Annual Harvest in the Square, a fundraiser that supports Union Square Park. This year, through the generosity of the community, the treasured annual event raised more than $378,000, bringing the total amount raised over the last two decades to more than $5,728,000.

“We don’t know how the event just keeps getting better and better but the Union Square culinary community really brought their A-game to this year’s food and wine extravaganza,” said Jennifer Falk, Executive Director of the Union Square Partnership. “Funds raised at the event are vital Continue reading

A Look at the New Union Square Cafe with The New York Times

Union Square Cafe is set to open this October

Chad Batka, New York Times

We’re counting down the days for the opening of the new Union Square Cafe in October (reunite with the team early on Sep. 22 at Harvest in the Square) and thanks to this morning’s New York Times article by Michael Kimmelman, we can now fantasize about where we want to sit when it opens.

David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group have been “laboring to extract the DNA of the old Union Square Cafe and implant it into its new, very different body,” and Danny Meyer’s expert team including Union Square Cafe’s director of operations, Sam Lipp and executive chef, Carmen Quagliata offered their expertise down to the finest details. For example, a dissertation on the turning radius a barista needs behind the coffee station, and the effects of citrus on different types of wood.

Rendering, Rockwell Group

The entrance will be on 19th Street. The restaurant will seat 138 people (only 8 more than 16th Street). Choosing a location a six-minute hand-truck ride Continue reading

Harvest in the Square Restaurant Chair – Meet Florian’s Chef Brando de Oliveira

Meet Chef de Oliveira at Harvest in the Square on Sep. 22

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Florian’s Chef Brando de Oliveira shopping at the Union Square Greenmarket

Florian has been serving up classic Italian dishes interpreted by Bologna-born Chef Brando de Oliveira since its opening in the Square in 2014. Besides delicious and unique dishes, the Fireman Hospitality Group has created a welcoming atmosphere for business meetings, birthdays, happy hours and more, becoming Union Square’s new Italian go-to along the way.

Now you’ve had Chef de Oliveira’s lasagna ossobuco (and if you haven’t…what are you waiting for?). Meet the man behind the meals that keep you coming back for more:

We hear you’re a big fan of Union Square. Why?
Being located in Union Square gives me great access to a wide range of farm-fresh fruits and vegetables. I love starting my day strolling through the Union Square Greenmarket to find inspiration for daily specials. I go to the Greenmarket and find beautiful produce on a weekly basis, and talk to the farmer’s I’ve begun building relationships with.

Picking up vine-ripened reminds me of summer back home in Bologna. I grew up watching my grandmother cook and we lived next to a tomato farm, so everything was not only from scratch, but super fresh. That’s why I love tomatoes and food! As a kid, the experience of eating spaghetti pomodoro made from the tomatoes you picked in your neighbor’s farm makes an impression on you. Continue reading

Union Square Gratitude

Saying Goodbye to Union Square Greenmarket Operations Manager Davy Hughes

Executive Director Jenn Falk presents Davy Hughes with a plaque of appreciation for 14 seasons in Union Square.

Executive Director Jennifer Falk presents Davy Hughes with a plaque of appreciation for 14 seasons in Union Square.

As we say goodbye to summer, we also say farewell to Davy Hughes, GrowNYC’s operation manager at the Union Square Greenmarket. We are so grateful for his service and dedication to the neighborhood over the past 14 seasons. We wish him the best of luck as the new Continue reading