How to Celebrate Mother’s Day in Union Square

Gift Ideas, Sweet Treats, and Brunch Reservations for the Perfect Mother’s Day

Cards and gifts available at Paper Source on 5th Avenue

Celebrate the women in your life this Mother’s Day the way you know best: by showing them you care. For everything else, stop by Union Square’s best gift spots and restaurants to help craft her special day.

If you can’t be physically be with your mom, we recommend you stop by Paper Source (75 Fifth Avenue). They have a gorgeous selection of cards to send with their special mother’s day gift packs. (We like the Mother’s Day Office Bundle, paired with the “I am Strong because a Strong Woman Raised Me” card. We think it’s #fierce.)


Speaking of Strong Women, we know that moms often do it all and more. That’s why we think it’s extra special that the Red Door Spa (200 Park Avenue South) is offering exclusive Mother’s Day spa packages. Make it a mother/daughter (or daughter-in-law, or son!) day – when you buy her a gift card you can get one for yourself Continue reading

Sweet Stuff: Our Valentine’s Day Guide

Gift Ideas, Makeup Applications and More To Get You V-Day Ready in USQ


Union Square’s sweetest spots are ready to help you plan your Valentine’s Day in a snap. We’ve gathered up some of our favorite treats, date nights, events, and even marriage ideas to get you V-Day ready right here in Union Square.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth: Dylan’s Candy Bar

Head to Dylan’s Candy Bar (33 Union Square West) to find your cupid’s favorite sweets. Choose from hundreds of gummies, hard candies and chocolates, or pick up a pre-packed assortment selected by the experts.

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Chocolate Must-Haves: City Bakery and Breads Bakery

Cuddle up at City Bakery (3 West 18th Street) for a special V-Day #datenight and share a massive cup of hot chocolate during their Hot Chocolate festival – proven to be worth it because they’re celebrating 25 years of delectable, scrumptious chocolate!


Whether you’re dining in or out, plan to pick up dessert at Breads Bakery (18 E 16th Street). Their Nutella babka promises layers upon layers flaky deliciousness that you can pull apart with your hands and enjoy together. Watch below to see exactly what you’re in for!


Proposal Ideas: Get Down on One Knee at LinkNYC

The Links that have been popping up over the city (offering free public Wi-Fi, phone calls, device charging and a tablet for access to city services, maps and directions) are hoping to help New Yorkers pop the question on Valentine’s Day. Email to coordinate the location, time and Continue reading

Honoring Our NYPD Officers at Safe City Safe Streets

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


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.

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Last Minute Party Platters, Holiday Dinners Available at Whole Foods

It’s Not Too Late To Cater Your Holiday Parties


‘Tis the season for holiday festivities, get-togethers, office parties, and special family meals, and it’s not too late to make your holiday extra special and delicious this year. Dig in to full holiday dinners with family, or snack on deli slider platters and pretzel bite baskets at the office party. Even take your party up a notch and add truffles, caviar and oysters for an extra special celebration. Hanukkah and Christmas specific meals are available.


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Where To Shop: Union Square Holiday Market

Open Daily Through Christmas Eve


With over 100+ artisan shops to choose from, you can easily become overwhelmed by the options at the Union Square Holiday Market by Urbanspace. Since we’ve been shopping the market just about every day since it’s opened, enjoy our tips for the top spots to shop. (And if we missed your favorite, tag #USQHoliday on social media and let us know!)

First Stop: Info Booth (Booth A64)

Why tackle a maze without a map? Enter the market near the 14th Street and Union Square West subway station and you’ll find the Urbanspace info booth, equipped with market maps and the Union Square Holiday Guide. The market map details vendors locations, while the guide includes market hours and deals to nearby eateries for post-shopping bites.


Parks Pride: NYC Parks Department (A65)


Our favorite booth (can you blame us?) let’s you take home a piece of Union Square. Snag an infamous Union Square Park squirrel stuffed animal, GrowNYC’s The Bronx Greenmarket Hot Sauce, or even a Union Square Park sign.


Crafting: Children’s Museum of the Arts Booth For Kids! (D28)


Discover arts and crafts for kids at the Children’s Museum of the Arts where museum teachers will help kids create and learn in the market’s Gingerbread House for the perfect shopping break.

Glove Heaven: (A3)

If you ever wanted to see a website come to life, now’s your chance. Browse hundreds of fine Italian leather gloves in all sizes, colors and styles, usually only available online.

Au Natural: Beekman’s Copa Soaps (A7)


Besides the delicious aromas and promises of smooth hands, we have to give it up to Beekman’s for creativity: their business card is wrapped around a mini bar of soap! If you can’t decide on a scent, medley packs Continue reading

#ShopSmall This Saturday in #UnionSquareNY


Visit Union Square this weekend to celebrate Small Business Saturday! In honor of the holiday, the first 20 people to attend this weekend’s free “Crossroads of New York Historic Walking Tour” of Union Square will receive a free #ShopSmall tote. The tour is presented by the Union Square Partnership.

Share your moments on Small Business Saturday using #ShopSmall on social media. Plus, tag your photos full of holiday cheer with #USQHoliday to win unique Union Square gifts!

Check out 10 of our small businesses you can celebrate Small Business Saturday with:

Union Square Greenmarket (Union Square Park, North and West Plazas)
Stop by the Union Square Greenmarket to shop directly from farmers from New York, New Jersey and beyond. Enjoy a cup of hot cider while you peruse the River Garden dried flowers, endless tables of fruits and vegetables, pies, breads and so much more.


Rothmans (Park Avenue South between 18th & 19th Streets)
Rothmans is a unique family owned and operated men’s clothing store with shops in NYC, Scarsdale, and now, “harry” in Bronxville. Located in Union Square since 1986, Rothmans offers men’s clothing including casual and fine wear, plus pop-up shops for trending products like S’well Water Bottles and more. Plus, check out their new online store. *Stop in this weekend for special Small Business Saturday deals!


Union Square Holiday Market (Union Square Park, South Plaza)
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Win! #USQHoliday Social Media Giveaways

Share Your #USQHoliday Moments To Win Union Square Swag


The best moments in the Square are shared, and we can’t wait to see how you spend your holidays in the neighborhood. Share your photos with #USQHoliday on social media for a chance to win treats from the Union Square Partnership.


Each week we’re giving away a free lunch to The PokeSpot along with more unique gifts for the best photos posted on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #USQHoliday. Share your holiday festivities, Greenmarket and Holiday Market buys, lunch, dinners, snacks, park moments and more.


Here’s how it works:

  • Follow @UnionSquareNY 
  • Post your holiday photos (multiple entries are welcome) on Twitter or Instagram
  • Tag your photo #USQHoliday
  • Judges at the Union Square Partnership will choose winners every Monday from November 21st to December 26th.
  • The contest officially opens Monday, November 14, 2016.

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