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:

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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MAKE Sandwich | A new made-to-order sandwich shop offering modern interpretations of classic sandwiches using fresh, made from scratch Continue reading

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

Save the Date: Union Square Sweat Fest 2017

Experience The Best of Union Square’s Fitness Scene Feb. 9th – Feb 15th

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Mark your calendars: Union Square Sweat Fest is back for its third annual event Thurs, Feb. 9th – Wed, Feb. 15th! With more than 1,000 participants last year, Sweat Fest’s lineup has been expanded to showcase over 60 event partners at more than 30+classes throughout the week.

What is Union Square Sweat Fest?

Union Square Sweat Fest is a week-long event series highlighting the best in the Union Square districts premier health + fitness scene. Get fit with us all week long! You can sample workouts at the district’s best athleisure retailers + top gyms, and get “drenched” with Sweat Fest swag at featured studio classes. The event series also offers a dynamic line-up of children’s classes and a week-long social media contest.

RSVP to our Facebook event and invite your friends to get drenched with you!

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How do I register for classes?

Registration for all Union Square Sweat Fest events, including the ticketed opening and closing events, opens at 12 PM on Thurs, Feb. 2nd at unionsquaresweatfest.nyc.

Sweat Fest classes have a limited capacity and are available on a first come, first served basis. (The schedule has a mix of complimentary Continue reading

Meet Your Health Resolutions in 2017

Ready for a healthy and happy 2017? Union Square has multiple partners to help you get there.

1. Eye Exams, Surgery and More

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Get comprehensive care and treatment for eye programs at Union Square Eye Care, located 235 Park Avenue South on the 2nd Floor. Using the latest technology, the team, led by H. Jay Wisnicki, MD analyzes and diagnoses your condition quickly and accurately using the latest methods and technology. The team offers pediatric ophthalmology, adult strabismus, galucoma, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and intraocular lenses, cosmetic eye surgery and LASIK. Plus, discover the large selection of high-style eyeglass frames at the on site optical shop.

2. Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology

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Anne Chapas, M.D. is a Manhattan-based dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon who specializes in laser surgery, Mohs micrographic surgery for the treatment of skin cancers, and cosmetic procedures.

Located at 19 Union Square West, Union Square Laser Dermatology is celebrating five years in the community Continue reading

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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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

North Sails Sailing Into Union Square Shopping Scene

Gifts Perfect For the Adventurer This Holiday Season

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If you’ve ever considered just sailing away from it all, good news! The internationally renowned sailing supply company North Sails has raised its sails at 108 5th Avenue just in time for the holiday shopping season. Olympic gold medal sailor Lowell North started the company to design, engineer and manufacture sails for racing and cruising sailboats, before expanding to gear and other accessories. The 5th Avenue store will offer Continue reading