#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

We’re here to keep your outdoor lunch game strong. Get out of the office and into the park and our pedestrian plaza to enjoy new bistro tables and chairs all season long. Find a spot to sit and relax on the main lawn, in the Continue reading

District Alert: Winter Storm Stella

Blizzard Watch in Effect for New York City

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Blizzard Warning for New York City starting Tuesday, March 14th at midnight until Wednesday, March 15th at midnight.

This system is forecast to bring heavy snow and blizzard conditions, including winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts 40 to 55 mph on Tuesday, creating slick and hazardous travel conditions. Total snow accumulation is expected to be between 12 to 20 inches.

Contact 311 to report non-emergency conditions.

Dial 911 for emergencies only.

Union Square Partnership’s Snow Clearing Operations
The USP Clean Team will be out on the streets to supplement the City’s clearing efforts. We complement property owners efforts by clearing snow from crosswalks, catch basins, and around fire hydrants. We ask that our businesses and property owners remain vigilant and work with us to clear in front of their properties so that the Union Square district remains safe and accessible. View more guidelines for businesses during the storm.

Union Square Park
For your safety, please stay out of Union Square Park during the storm.

Union Square Greenmarket Operations
Be sure to check GrowNYC’s website, blog, social media and Union Square App to find out about changes for this week’s markets.

Sanitation Notification
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Single-Use Styrofoam Ban to Take Effect July 1st

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Joining cities like San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland that have similar measures, yesterday City officials announced a ban on styrofoam used in single-use containers, such as those used for food take-out, and packing peanuts in New York City starting July 1st this year. The ban specifically applies to expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam, which is not recyclable and harmful to the environment. In recent years suitable alternatives have come to market and are already being used at many businesses. The city will start issuing fines to those who continue using the banned products after a six-month grace period ending in January 2016.

New York City Ban on Foam Cups and Containers Begins July 1 [NY Times]
NYC Polystyrene Foam Packaging Law [NYC Dept of Sanitation]

Volunteer to Make Union Square Bloom at ‘It’s My Park!’ Day on Saturday, May 17th

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Join USP on Saturday, May 17th from 10 AM – 1 PM to help make Union Square Park shine bright this summer season for our annual ‘It’s My Park!’ Day event! Gather your friends Continue reading