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

Janette Sadik-Khan Kicks Off #StreetFight Book Tour in Union Square

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Former NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan will be back in Union Square on Wednesday for the first stop of her book tour with co-author Seth Solomonow and Talking Heads’ David Byrne at the Union Square Barnes and Noble. Now a Principal at Bloomberg Associates, Sadik-Khan led the one of the most sweeping revitalization of New York City’s streets in a half-century during her tenure as Transportation Commissioner from 2007 to 2013. Continue reading

“My Circle” Sculpture Unveiled

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In celebration of artist Beverly Pepper’s 93rd birthday, USP partnered with NYC Parks and the Marlborough Gallery to bring one of the artist’s interactive sculptures to Union Square Park Triangle. The sculpture, My Circle, is the most recent installation of the City’s public Continue reading

Hit the Road During Summer Streets

Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 2.06.14 PMSummer Streets is back this month with miles of car-free fun passing through the Union Square neighborhood. The pedestrian paradise launched last Saturday from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm when streets were opened for people to play, run, walk and bike. With tons of activities, you won’t want to miss the next two event days. On August 9th and 16th, the NYC Department of Transportation will again close Park Avenue to motor vehicles from Brooklyn Bridge, through Union Square, and up to Central Park. Last year, nearly 300,000 people came out to celebrate public space by cycling, walking and dancing in the streets. Activities dot the path, including arts and crafts workshops, musical performances, dance, healthy snack stations and more! Check out the full activity list on the Summer Streets website. Don’t forget to stop by Union Square Park along the way for a free historical walking tour at 2 PM each Saturday, meeting in front of the Abraham Lincoln statue along the 16th Street transverse.

#RidewithPride – Colorful Bikes Pop Up in Union Square

10658777_852220558189994_963545176366330296_oOn Monday, a rainbow of color greeted commuters on East 17th Street off Union Square Park at the Citi Bike docks.  In celebration of this month’s pride, the company festively-wrapped 200 bicycles in bright colors. New Yorkers can catch a glimpse of the rainbow-colored bikes not just on the city streets, but also along the Pride March parade route this Sunday (June 28th) down Fifth Avenue. As a thriving transit hub, Union Square continues to be one of the most used Citi Bike locations in the bicycle share system. Be sure to keep an eye out for these brightly colored bikes as they roll through the neighborhood!

Happy Pride!