Where to Find Hawaii in Union Square with Poké

Take Your Poké Pick at Four Spots in Union Square

Pokéworks on 21 East 15th Street will be the neighborhood’s fourth poke destination.

Last year, neighborhoods were lucky to have one or two go-to spots to enjoy the fresh, Hawaiian dish that is poké: a raw fish salad served on a bowl of rice, zucchini noodles or lettuce with your choice of fresh toppings and Asian-inspired sauces. As a constant destination for trending eats in NYC (last year we welcomed Japan’s TsuruTonTan noodle shop and D.C.’s Cava Grill), you can now choose from four hot (or should we say, cold) restaurants in Union Square to get your poke fix.

Share your favorite spots with us @UnionSquareNY #USQEats.

Staple Spots

The Poké Spot (124 4th Avenue)

Celebrating a year in Union Square this August, The Poké Spot quickly swept up Union Square foodies into the poke craze at its first location. With signature creations or a customized experience featuring salmon, tuna, shrimp, tofu, chicken or crab, you can expand your horizons with toppings like Kani salad, three types of seaweed, masago, fish flakes, and rice puffs. For avocado fans, have your poke served in an avocado boat or go for the crab guac and chips.


Union Fare (7 East 17th Street)

If you can’t convince your crew to join you for poké, get your fix at the Union Fare Gastrohall for lunch. Enjoy poké salads and bowls while your friends can choose from multiple stations like burgers, sandwiches, pizza, roasted chicken, salad, tacos and more. Here you’ll find poké options like octopus and salmon topped with sesame seeds, green onions, watermelon radishes and avocado.


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New Kids on the Block

PokéVillage (250 East 14th Street)

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$250 Million Tech Hub Coming to Union Square

Space Will Be New Home for Civic Hall, Including Digital Training Hub for 21st Century Jobs and Flexible Work Space for Growing Startups


Renderings courtesy of Civic Hall. Designed by Davis Brody Bond.

Friday afternoon, Mayor de Blasio met with the NYC tech community to unveil the designs and programs in a new tech hub coming to 124 East 14th Street, the current location of P.C. Richard & Son (watch the full announcement here). The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) RAL Development Services to redevelop the space, which will be anchored by Civic Hall, a collaborative work and event space advancing the use of technology for the public good. The project also includes a digital job training facility for all New Yorkers, flexible work space tailored to the needs of early stage startups, and retail at the street level.


Mayor de Blasio met with tech workers at AppNexus to unveil the latest designs and details for the new Union Square Tech Hub.

The $250 million, 258,000 square-foot project, dubbed 14th @ Irving, will focus on bringing together growing startups and tech companies that make up NYC’s “Silicon Alley” while also helping more New Yorkers join the tech ecosystem.

“The project will bring together the best-in-class programs offering affordable digital skills training for New Yorkers seeing to join the 21st century economy,” the Mayor’s Office said in a press release. “The hub itself will generate 600 jobs in the tech ecosystem, and more than 800 construction jobs. The project will also be union-built and staffed, and in compliance with HireNYC guidelines”

The new Civic Hall plans to include the following workforce development partners: the New York City Foundation for Computer Science Education, General Assembly, Per Scholas, FedCap, Code to Work and Coalition for Queens. Key partners will provide discounted training, removing barriers to tech education and helping foster a culture of inclusivity and opportunity. The location in Union Square provides ample access to transit throughout the 5 boroughs and will allow New Yorkers across the City to access programming at the building, said the release.

“Anyone should be able to come in off the street and learn what they need to know,” said Andrew Raseij, Civic Hall founder, about the project at a recent Community Board 3 meeting.


Renderings courtesy of Civic Hall. Designed by Davis Brody Bond.

“Today’s announcement by Mayor de Blasio further solidifies Union Square’s position as the epicenter of New York’s growing tech scene with our area’s unrivaled transportation access, wide range of amenities surrounding Union Square Park, and our world-class Greenmarket,” said Jennifer Falk, Continue reading

#USQSweatFest Social Media Contest

Tag Your Swag


A community that sweats together, gets strong together. During Sweat Fest we can’t wait to see all the awesome classes you’ll take and swag you’ll be drenched in! Share your photos with #USQSweatFest on social media for a chance to giveaways from Union Square’s hottest fitness shops, boutiques, eateries + more.


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Get Fit + Give Back With YG Studios

Purchase A Class Pack To Benefit The Union Square Partnership

Set your 2017 fitness goals with a side of giving back. Purchase a class pack with YG Studios until January 15th and  a portion of your purchase will benefit the Union Square Partnership! YG Studios offers classes with professionals who are defining the fitness industry in all types of classes. Below are our top picks for the four classes to try this winter at the new YG Showroom at 33 West 17th Street.

A.C.C.E.S.S. with Rebecca Kennedy

A.C.C.E.S.S. is New York’s first active recovery class. It’s a 60 minute barefoot class for all levels focusing on mobility, core strength, flexibility and functional movement patterns. This is perfect for the body that needs a “day off”, a “new start”, or “a double workout.”. In class we’ll open up the hips, lower back, hamstrings, calves, shoulders, back, and most importantly get your abs firing to support all this great movement. Train with CEO / Founder of A.C.C.E.S.S., Rebecca Kennedy or RK.

Yoga with Heidi Kristoffer


Join Heidi for sweaty, flow-y, fun, core-centric power vinyasa, empowering students to discover untapped strength and flexibility. Set to super fun music, you will leave this class feeling open, exhausted and rejuvenated. Heidi’s mantra: you are as strong or as flexible as you make up your mind to be.

The Pre-Game with Troy Brooks

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Join Troy Brooks for a class based around functional movement, strength and high intensity. Troy’s mission is to provide a fun safe and progressive platform for all. By teaching exercises with proper form and technique you will learn how to move and function better in your everyday life!

KGBody with Katherine Greiner

Katherine’s KGBody class is a combo class filled with high energy, FUN “dance-letic” dance cardio and body-weight strength training. A one-and-done power hour of complete mind-body fitness; this kick-butt class is the perfect fix for the busy go-getter who loves to work up a good sweat, sculpt a lean, sexy physique, and top it off with a stress relieving cool down. Leave class feeling radiant, energized and ready to take on the world.

Celebrating the Holidays & Our Community Partners


Each year, it takes a village to keep Union Square safe, clean, beautiful and thriving.

Our annual holiday celebration is an opportunity to thank our long list of community partners, board of directors and staff for another great year working together to take the @UnionSquareNY district to even greater heights. And at this year’s event we had the chance to celebrate the ten year anniversary of our unflappable leader, executive director Jennifer Falk, with an award presentation.

“Jenn has worked tirelessly to ensure the neighborhood’s continued growth and success. Under her leadership, the organization has achieved many new milestones. This past year, Jenn raised $1.2 million over our annual assessment of $2.2 million, which is our largest annual fundraising total in the organization’s history. And earlier in her tenure, Jenn led the charge to complete our largest capital project to date, the $20 million North End Project, which tripled the park’s play space, rehabilitated the historic Pavilion, repaved the plazas, and enhanced the park’s overall landscaping. Every corner of the district has shown improvement and we are grateful to Jenn for her dedication to improving our community.” – BID President Lynn Brown and Co-Chair Bill Abramson

Over 250 guests attended the annual celebration held this year at new #USQEats, Union Fare. At the end of the evening, guests received gift bags which showed off some of Union Square’s finest – a special thank you to Cava Grill, GrowNYC, Peet’s Coffee, Starbright Floral Design, Strand Bookstore, Union Square Laser Dermatology, and Union Fare for the treats!

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Celebrate National Sandwich Day with ’Wichcraft

And Win a Month of Lunch from Tom Colicchio


’Wichcraft, the chain of sandwich shops from Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio and chef Sisha Ortuzar is celebrating National Sandwich Day in a big way.

Leading up to the holiday on  Thu, Nov. 3rd, the shop, known for its chef-inspired sandwich creations, has introduced a special sandwich each week. Pop into their neighborhood location at 11 E. 20th street this week to try this week’s special – butternut squash, Continue reading

A Look Into GrowNYC’s Project Farmhouse

Union Square Greenmarket’s Team Finds Permanent Home in Union Square


Construction has officially begun at nonprofit GrowNYC’s new center for sustainability and education: Project Farmhouse. Located in Union Square on 4th Avenue and 13th St, and sustainable in design, Project Farmhouse will be a forum from which to explore environmental issues through the lens of food, horticulture, arts, recycling, cooking, and more.


GrowNYC is most well-known for Union Square Greenmarket (and 52 other farmers markets) which has operated for 40 years in our park. Now they’ll finally have a home where New Yorkers can come for Continue reading