Car Free NYC Closes Broadway to Traffic on Sat. April 22nd

Details on Street Access for Motor Vehicles, Street Closures

This Earth Day, NYC DOT is closing Broadway from Times Square to Union Square to vehicular traffic and is filling NYC’s public plazas with exciting activities like dance, art, presentations, music, and more with Car Free NYC. In Union Square, prepare for free fitness on the Broadway Pedestrian Plaza (17th Street and Broadway) with neighborhood business Paragon Sports.

Businesses, residents and visitors should prepare for April 22nd in order to minimize disruption due to street closures. See below for tips from the NYC DOT:

Union Square’s Premier Athletic Destination Paragon Sports Debuts Dept. 1908

Shop for Athletic, Outdoor and Casual Footwear in One Department

Visitors and residents alike know there’s one store in the city to fill all your athletic needs at once, and now it’s taking its footwear experience to the next level. Today, Paragon Sports introduces Dept. 1908 – your destination for 2,500 curated styles of footwear in a fresh, new space with its own dedicated entrance at 21 East 17th Street.

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The name gives a nod to Paragon’s New York City heritage as a family owned and operated and innovative specialty store since 1908.

”We felt that there was a void in the marketplace for the consumer experience while shopping for both technical and lifestyle product,” said Bruce Blank, CEO and President of Paragon Sports. “Dept. 1908 fills that void by offering an authentic NYC shopping experience through unmatched selection and on point expertise. Our Athletic, Outdoor and Casual Footwear departments have been brought together in an exciting new space while maintaining the specialty feel and staying true to the Paragon brand. ”

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Local Businesses, Musicians Invited to Sign Up for Make Music New York

NYC’s Largest One-Day Celebration of Music is Wednesday, June 21st

Make Music New York (MMNY) is a truly unique celebration: a music holiday on which musicians of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels are empowered to perform in public spaces throughout all five boroughs of NYC, energizing the entire city in the process. Over its ten-year history, Make Music New York has grown to become NYC’s largest one-day collection of free, outdoor concerts.

MMNY is calling for both musicians to perform and venues to host a performance for this year’s event. Register by May 1st.

Performers:

  • Create a performer profile to search and connect with hundreds of participating venues including shops, parks, plazas, libraries, museums and more.
  • Post your bio, social media information and music samples and venues will discover you and book you for this year’s event.

Venues:

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#USQBlooms This Spring With USP District Investments

Neighborhood Investments Keep Union Square Busy, Vibrant

Tulips don’t just pop up in the neighborhood overnight. While it may seem like Union Square gets a spring cleaning in the blink of an eye, the Union Square Partnership invests in the neighborhood’s beautification all season long to keep our community blooming, bright and beautiful. Here are the projects you’ll see unfold this spring.

Learn more about our spring social media contest below!

Clean Team Extended Hours, Additional Staff

Your favorite winter warriors are transitioning from clearing snow to prepping the district for spring, and maintaining the neighborhood’s cleanliness all summer long. With higher foot traffic in the warmer months, USP invests in a larger clean team presence with longer hours to keep the district clean.

New Trash Receptacles

Serving over 345,000 people daily, our trash receptacles suffer from annual wear and tear. Each spring, USP invests in new dynasty trash receptacles to replace those that are worn down or damaged.

Spring Planters + Flower Baskets

Over the spring and summer, the USP Landscaping Team heads out to the district to keep 90 planters, including 9 flower baskets on light poles, full of fresh blooms to provide greenery for all to enjoy in our urban jungle. Find our planters along 17th Street, in the Broadway Pedestrian Plaza, and throughout Union Square Park’s plazas and walkways.

Park Landscaping

In addition to our planters, USP invests in seasonal plantings in Union Square Park’s most popular walkways and around our monuments to keep the park blooming all season long.

New Bistro Tables + Chairs

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Free and Green Earth Day Celebrations in Union Square

Enjoy a Car Free Broadway, Special Events, Plastic Cleanse and More

Students of the Convent of the Sacred Heart School sweeping in Union Square Park on the first Earth day on April 22, 1970. Photo credit: National Geographic

Ever since the inaugural Earth Day celebration in Union Square in 1970, our park and public plazas have continued to be a draw for thousands to celebrate Earth Day each year. Here’s how you can celebrate Earth Day this year right here in Union Square.

Earth Day Initiative Celebration

On Tuesday, April 18th from 12 – 7 PM join Earth Day Initiative to meet environmental non-profits, green businesses, and enjoy kids’ activities and live performances.

Car Free NYC

On the second annual Car Free NYC on Earth Day, April 22nd from 10 AM – 4 PM join Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez and the NYCDOT as they close down Broadway to cars from Times Square to Union Square. In Union Square’s pedestrian plaza, enjoy free fitness with Paragon Sports and more.

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Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming USP Events

Community Programming in Union Square

We can’t wait to see our community out in the district this season! Mark your calendar for upcoming USP events. Subscribe to our newsletter for updates.

2017 USP Annual Meeting
Monday, May 15, 2017
W New York – Union Square

It’s My Park! Day
Saturday, June 3, 2017
16th Street Transverse, Union Square Park

Summer in the Square
Thursdays, June 15 – August 10, 2017
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