#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)
You’ll meet 100+ artisans selling their crafts and creations in the Union Square Holiday Market, operated by Urbanspace. Stop by to shop Continue reading

New #USQEats TsuruTonTan Receives Star From The New York Times

Japanese Noodle Chain Makes Star Entrance to United States

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Congratulations are in order for Union Square’s newest noodle go-to TsuruTonTan, located at 21 East 16th Street right off Union Square Park. The New York Times‘ restaurant critic Pete Wells (who really wants you to read his full review as he mentioned on Twitter) gave one star to the udon specialists who mix, knead, roll and cut the dough for their noodles on site – providing “a distinct physical pleasure that will surprise anybody who has had only shaggy, overcooked udon that starts breaking apart before you have a chance to chew it,” he says.

He shares that you’ll actually find the servers’ explanations of how to order helpful, and you’ll like it so much that you won’t mind you can’t take home leftovers….yet (the restaurant is still sourcing a takeout carton they’re satisfied with, Wells says).

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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 ‚Äď 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

Support The Union Square Partnership at Chipotle Nov. 2

Half of the Proceeds Benefit USP’s Park and Beautification Programs

We’ve got the best excuse to eat a burrito (although, who ever needed an excuse?). Join us at Chipotle on 14th Street and Irving Place for lunch on Wednesday, November 2nd from 12 PM to 4 PM. Show the below image or mention the Union Square Partnership at the register and 50% of your lunch money will be donated to our park and beautification programs. #SupportUSQ

See you there!

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The Best Jack-O-Lantern Design? Your Face

W New York – Union Square Gourd-ous Social Media Contest

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See your¬†face on a pumpkin this October. The W¬†New York¬†‚Äď Union Square is offering you the chance to see your face alongside celebrities in their “Gourd-geous Pumpkin Patch‚ÄĚ window display. All you have to do is post your selfie with the hashtag #WSMASHINGSELFIES and tag @wnyunionsquare on Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win. Famed pumpkin carver Hugh McMahon has carved¬†just about every famous face onto a pumpkin, and will¬†carve the winning selfie.

If you want a selfie-pumpkin you can take home, you can book the #WSMASHINGSELFIES Package for stays Continue reading

Google Geek Street Fair Comes to Union Square

Students to Learn STEM Fields With Robots and More

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Google’s Geek Street Fair is back in New York City, taking over Union Square’s North Plaza on Thursday. Local technology businesses and organizations join Google to inspire youth of all ages to take interest in fields of science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and computer science. On top of music, giveaways and tasty treats, tinker with electronics, robotics and virtual games and get geeky!

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