First Lady of NYC Kicks Off Mental Health Week of Action in Union Square

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(From L to R) Union Square Partnership Executive Director, Jennifer Falk, Actor Denis O’Hare, First Lady of NYC Chirlane McCray, and Deputy Mayor Richard Buery kick off Mental Health Week of Action in Union Square at The Pavilion. Photo Credit: Kimberlee Hewitt

On Monday morning, First Lady of NYC Chirlane McCray kicked off Mental Health Week of Action in Union Square to connect New Yorkers to free, confidential mental health help during the holidays. Joining her was Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives Richard Buery, as well as American Horror Story actor Denis O’Hare, who both spoke about the need for better mental health resources for those in need.

“These winter days of sparkling holiday lights and family gatherings are often joyous. But for some people – such as people who are grappling with depression, anxiety, or substance misuse – this can be such a difficult time of the year. Our mission this week is to let New Yorkers know they don’t have to bear the burden alone” –  First Lady Chirlane McCray

After speaking to New Yorkers, the First Lady, Deputy Mayor and O’Hare passed out helpful literature on how to cope with holiday stress in the Union Square Greenmarket and Union Square Holiday Market by Urbanspace.

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Where To Shop: Union Square Holiday Market

Open Daily Through Christmas Eve

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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.

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Parks Pride: NYC Parks Department (A65)

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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.

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

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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: ItalianLeatherGloves.com (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)

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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

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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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Kick Off the Holiday Season in Union Square!

Celebrate The Opening of the Union Square Holiday Market + More!

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On Sunday, November 20th, join the Union Square Partnership team to kick off your holiday shopping season. Our #USQHoliday celebration includes five festive activities on the park’s West Plaza from 10 AM – 1 PM (Union Square West between 15th and 16th Streets).

Fuel up for holiday shopping with coffee and treats from Pret A Manger while singing along with carolers and your favorite Frozen characters. Then, get festive with a holiday glitter tattoo before taking your holiday photos (available for professional download post-event). For more fun for kids, head to the Children’s Museum of the Arts booth in the Holiday Market to make your own miniature Union Square Park statue!

Leave with a Union Square Holiday Gift Guide complete with curated shopping lists for the best in the Square to gift your friends and family, as well as district deals for the best casual eats that the area has to offer.

Share your #USQHoliday moments with us on social media all month long! The Union Square Holiday Market is open seven days a week from Thursday, November 17th through Thursday, December 24th. Happy holidays, everyone!

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Turkey Day: USQ Style

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Pies from new #USQEats Daily Provisions available for pre-order and pick-up Thanksgiving week.

Don’t just stuff yourself this Thanksgiving – fill your schedule with the best Union Square has to offer.

Greenmarket Shopping

Find everything you need for your holiday table at the Greenmarket. Sides? Fresh bread, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, acorn squash, kale, mushrooms, sweet potatoes. (We have a few fall recipes for you to try.) Turkey? Pre-order or purchase Turkeys from Violet Hill Farm, Dipaula, Quattro’s Game Farm, or Tamarack Hollow Farm. Decor? Mini gourds and pumpkins are available for $1, or decorate your home with a River Garden dried wreath or pepper bouquet.

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Note the Union Square Greenmarket’s holiday schedule. Thanksgiving week, stop by the market Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday but there will be no market Friday. The market returns on Saturday.

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Treat your guests to the best. At Breads Bakery, pick up up an apple or pecan pie (or, you can never go wrong with babka). At Daily Provisions, Continue reading