Meet 50+ Chefs at Harvest in the Square

The Annual Food & Wine Festival Hosts Top Chefs from Union Square Eateries

The Union Square Cafe team including Pastry Chef Daniel Alvarez and Head Baker Justin Rosengarten at the 21st Annual Harvest in the Square.

Union Square is a hot place to spot your favorite chef. Weekly, you’ll spy a white chef’s jacket at the Union Square Greenmarket, only to confirm on Instagram later it was Chef Meir Adoni from Nur or Dominique Ansel among many others.

Get to know these masters of the culinary art at Harvest in the Square on September 14th: More than 50 local chefs will serve their signature dishes to fundraise for the Union Square Partnership’s work in the neighborhood.

Gadi Peleg of Breads Bakery and Nur is the 2017 Harvest in the Square Restaurant Chair.

Each year USP honors one neighborhood partner with the title of Restaurant Chair, and we’re thrilled to partner with Gadi Peleg for the 22nd Annual Event. Peleg opened Breads Bakery in 2013, where it has been a Union Square staple ever since. Earlier this summer we welcomed Nur, his collaboration with Israel’s Chef Meir Adoni, featuring middle eastern cuisine like you’ve never tasted before.

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“Nur was opened in Union Square for many of the same reasons I selected the area when opening Breads Bakery,” said Peleg. “The neighborhood is the epicenter of the New York culinary scene, and the Greenmarket serves as the district’s heart and soul. We are thrilled to add Nur to the culinary landscape of this unique neighborhood and strive to be part of this exciting scene for years to come.” Meet both Peleg and Adoni at Harvest in the Square on September 14th.

Chef Dimitri from Cava Grill (Photo: @chefdcava on Instagram)

Joining us at Harvest for his second year is Chef Dimitri Moshovitis, the executive chef and founder of CAVA Continue reading

Celebrate the End of #USQSummer on August 10th

Enjoy Giveaways, Bubbles, Movie Night and More

As summer comes to a close, join us for the final days of Citi Summer in the Square in Union Square Park to celebrate all the fun we’ve together at 9 weeks of free community programming. We’re bringing out all the stops for an endless day of fun on August 10th.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

The off-Broadway hit, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show,  based on Eric Carle’s famous book is coming back to the stage this fall at the DR2 in Union Square. Enjoy an exclusive preview of the show on the Citi Summer in the Square stage on August 10th at 11 AM! Enter on social media on August 10th to win tickets to the show.

Freeze Dance + Giveaways

In addition to our 11 AM performance, stick around for a game of freeze dance with Citi Summer in the Square’s Sarah Seeds on the South Plaza, plus maracas to take home!

Double The Face Painters

We’ve had so much fun getting our faces painted, making sand art, and enjoying snow cones at the Citibank tent Continue reading

Spend the Dog Days of Summer in Union Square

Plan the Perfect Day for your #USQPets

Photo: Instagram @leo_thebostonterrier

Sunny summer days mean long strolls in the park for all of our #USQPets. Find the best spots to hang with your pup in Union Square this summer.

 

Thanks to our friends at the Union Square Dog Run, pets can enjoy a respite from the city streets and run around on the gravel, make new friends, and play catch. Owners can enjoy shade from our signature blue umbrellas dispersed throughout the run.

 

If you’re looking for a pet-friendly grocery story, try the Union Square Greenmarket every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 8 AM – 6 PM. Your dog might even be featured as the dog of the week. Share your photos with #GMKTDogs on Instagram and Twitter.

 

For all your pet shopping needs, like a new leash, toys or even just the basics,  stop by one of these four pet retailers in the area.

  • Canis Minor238 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003
  • Pet Central55 West 16 Street, New York, New York 10011
  • Petco860 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
  • Wagwear 48 East 11th Street, New York, NY 10003

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NEW This Year at Citi Summer in the Square

Spend Your Summer Thursdays in Union Square Park with Over 135 Free Events

There’s nothing like summer in New York City – and there’s especially nothing like summer in Union Square. Experience it to the fullest with the return of our Citi Summer in the Square series bringing you the best outdoor fitness, live shows, and kids activities every Thursday from June 15th – August 10th in Union Square Park.

We’re mixing it up for 2017 with a slew of new fitness classes, an off-Broadway children’s show, live dueling performances (think DJs, pianos), #ThrowbackThursday Movie Nights, and the best round-up of #USQDeals you’ve ever seen. Plus, get excited for giveaways, bubble gardens and more with title sponsor Citibank on the South Plaza every week.

Paragon Sports’ Studio Showcase

Manhattan’s premiere athletic business Paragon Sports knows what’s HOT on the city’s fitness scene, and they’re bringing the best studios to you for free morning fitness in Union Square. Join studios like Yoga Vida, Pop Up Yoga, and SYB for a 7 AM yoga flow, or get amped up for the day with cardio at 8 AM by Dancebody, Ash Fit, Cardio Sweat Party, Jen Rufo’s Controlled KHAOS, Pon De Flo and more. Visit citisummerinthesquare.nyc/summerlineup for instructor dates and details.

Dueling Performances

Every Thursday at 5 PM prepare to witness epic showdowns from some of NYC’s best performers at our NEW Dueling Performances. Each week, artists at the the top of their trade – think pianists, painters, DJs, beatboxers, tap dancers and more – will perform, and YOU will determine who is the ultimate champion. Find a full list of performers each week at citisummerinthesquare.nyc/liveperformances.

New York Health & Racquet Club Takes It Outside

No more rushing to make an evening fitness class on the North Plaza. New York Health & Racquet Club brings you THREE evening classes (5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 PM) Continue reading

Al Fresco Dining in Union Square

Get Your #USQEats with a Side of Summer Sunshine

Soak in the best of summer with outdoor dining options along (or in!) Union Square Park, and throughout the district. Here’s our top picks for your best Al fresco experience. Plus, find the best specials at these spots at our new #USQDeals page.

The Coffee Shop (29 Union Square West)

On Union Square West enjoy Cuban and American fare for breakfast, lunch or dinner at The Coffee Shop (pictured above). Choose a spot outside along Union Square West or 16th Street.

ABCV / ABC Cocina (38 East 19th Street)

Along 19th Street you’ll find outdoor seating for Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Spanish ABC Cocina and vegetarian ABCV. Take a juice and energizing blue bowl to-go to eat outside at ABCV, or spicy cocktails with brunch at ABC Cocina.

 

Blue Water Grill (31 Union Square West)

Union Square’s seafood staple for more than 20 years, Blue Water Grill, takes outdoor eating to another level with its raw seafood tower. You’ll be transported from 16th Street to the waterfront in just one bite.

It was a good idea @bluewatergrillnyc for the freshest seafood at lunch

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Dylan’s Candy Bar (33 Union Square West)

Yes! There’s even a spot to enjoy your candy outside. Continue reading

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

Read the full report here.