#USQSummer Throwback Thursday Movie Nights in Union Square Park

Free Movie Nights on the North Plaza August 3rd and August 10th

A New York summer isn’t complete without an outdoor movie night. We’re throwing it back to the 1980s for our Throwback Thursday movie nights featuring The Karate Kid on August 3rd, and Back to the Future on August 10th.

Here’s everything you need to know to have a successful Movie Night at Citi Summer in the Square:


Look for the big screen in the North Plaza along 17th Street between Union Square East and West across from Barnes & Noble.


Seating opens at 6:30 PM, however you are welcome to line up early for your seat entry at 6 PM. Don’t worry though – there’s not a bad seat in the house!

The early bird gets the goodies. The first 500 people in attendance receive Pret A Manger Popcorn and a Citibank Seat Cushion.


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33rd Annual Meeting Celebrates USP’s Community Contributions

Executive Director Jennifer Falk presented an overview of USP’s work over the last year.

On Monday, May 15th, USP welcomed neighborhood residents, business and property owners, and other key district stakeholders to our 33rd Annual Meeting + Networking Reception.

Hosted by the W New York – Union Square, Executive Director Jennifer Falk presented an overview of the Partnership’s contributions to the community over the past year and plans for the coming year. She proudly shared that we raised our highest fundraising total to date, $1.5 million in addition to our annual assessment, which allowed us to plant new trees and understory landscaping in the median malls along Union Square East, expand outdoor seating areas with new bistro furniture, and install brighter, energy-efficient lighting to increase park safety. For a full recap of this year’s work, please enjoy the 2017 Annual Report.

“From the exciting developments taking place throughout the area, to the new businesses and incredible restaurants that continue to join our bustling community, the Union Square-14th Street district is thriving. We are proud of the progress we have made over the past year, and we look forward to continuing to further Union Square’s growth in the years to come,” said Falk. See our work in action at #USQBlooms on Twitter and Instagram.

Featured Speaker Civic Hall Founder/CEO Andrew Rasiej with Executive Director Jenn Falk and Union Square Partnership Co-Chair William Abramson.

Civic Hall Founder/CEO (and longtime resident) Andrew Rasiej was featured as a special guest speaker to speak to the City’s new $250 million tech hub planned for 124 East 14th Street and how Civic Hall, Continue reading

Read Our 2017 Commercial Market Report

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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

Celebrate Bike Month in Union Square Park

Learn Bike Safety, Test a Bike from Citi Bike®, Meet Mr. Met and More!

Join the Union Square Partnership and Citibank as we celebrate National Bike Month and countdown to Citi Summer in the Square in Union Square Park on May 18, 2017, from 10 AM – 3 PM. Test a bike from Citi Bike®, learn bike safety tips, find a bike near you, and enjoy giveaways all day long!

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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