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

Honoring Our NYPD Officers at Safe City Safe Streets

Union Square Partnership Thanks Our Local NYPD Precincts For A Safe 2016

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USP’s Executive Director, Jennifer Falk, and Operations Team, Tom DiRusso and McLawrence Glynn, present Midtown South Precinct Honoree Police Officer Alberto Ortiz with his “Officer of the Year” Award for his service to NYC.

In the neighborhood we call home, we are lucky to have the protection and support of multiple NYPD precincts working tirelessly to keep the district safe. At the annual Safe City Safe Street luncheon, along with our partners at Con Edison, NYU, Mount Sinai and Buchbinder & Warren, we were honored to sponsor and recognize NYC Police Department Commissioner O’Neill and the Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce’s “Officer of the Year” honorees from the 6th, 9th, 10th, 13th and Midtown South Precincts, as well as our partners at Transit District 4 for all they do for our community.

We encourage our residents, business owners and visitors to share their thanks with the NYPD, especially as they work over the holiday season to ensure our Continue reading

Capital One Hosts Veterans’ Yoga, Cell Phone For Soldiers Drive

The November Portion of Capital One’s Care 4 The Square Program

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Looking for ways to give back to your community this Veterans’ Day? Drop off your old and damaged cell phones to Capital One’s (843 Broadway) Cell Phones for Soldiers drive. The organization exchanges the  phones and used parts for international phone cards to send overseas to US soldiers.

The branch is also offering free weekly yoga sessions for veterans, led by veteran Ceasar F Barajas with the Veterans Yoga Project. The free classes are held every Sunday Continue reading

Support The Union Square Partnership at Chipotle Nov. 2

Half of the Proceeds Benefit USP’s Park and Beautification Programs

We’ve got the best excuse to eat a burrito (although, who ever needed an excuse?). Join us at Chipotle on 14th Street and Irving Place for lunch on Wednesday, November 2nd from 12 PM to 4 PM. Show the below image or mention the Union Square Partnership at the register and 50% of your lunch money will be donated to our park and beautification programs. #SupportUSQ

See you there!

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Capital One Hosts Food Drive at Union Square Flagship This October

All Donations Support Nazareth Housing in NYC

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On the heels of its grand-opening, the new Capital One Bank Flagship Branch in Union Square is hosting a food donation drive throughout the month of October. Help Capital One donate 500 non-perishable food items to Nazareth Housing, a nonprofit committed to the promotion of housing stability and economic independence among low income families and individuals in the city.

As a thank you for donating, you’ll receive a free coffee card to redeem at Peet’s Coffee inside the branch.

“The reason for the food drive is to give back to our community and show how Capital One is committed to bringing humanity back to banking,” said Shane Richardson, Universal Branch Associate at Capital One. “We believe that our success is not based on how many customers Continue reading