Why We’re Excited For Fall in Union Square

Get the Inside Scoop On What You Can’t Miss This Fall in #UnionSquareNY

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14. Harvest in the Square | We kicked off the season on the first day of fall celebrating our vibrant community and culinary scene at the 21st Annual Harvest in the Square, raising a record $378,000 for Union Square Park and the surrounding neighborhood. Over the past 21 years, USP has raised over $5.7 million for district beautification and community programming. Thank you for joining us! (Photos)

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13. New Fast Casual on 4th Avenue | Lunch is easier than ever with so many fantastic grab-and-go options on 4th Avenue, just south of 14th Street. Crowds are lining up for the New York debuts of Cava Grill and The Pokè Spot, which join lunch favorites Dos Toros and Glaze, creating a corridor of delicious fast casual eateries. Later this season The Melt Shop opens its doors on the same block (Grilled cheese and tomato soup, please!).

12. The Class of 2020 | School is back in session and a new crop of students are adding vitality to the district from The New School and NYU, as well as NYU’s 16th President Andrew Hamilton for his first fall semester. Plus, The New School’s Mannes School of Music celebrates 100 years with nine special events Continue reading

Fond Farewell to the Vineyard’s Jen Garvey-Blackwell

Jen Garvey-Blackwell Departs After 20 Seasons, Most Recently Serving as Executive Producer/CEO

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(L to R) Union Square Partnership (USP) Executive Director Jennifer Falk and USP Board President Lynne P. Brown with Jen Garvey-Blackwell

After 20 seasons at the helm of neighborhood partner, The Vineyard Theatre, we say thank you to Executive Producer/CEO Jen Garvey-Blackwell, who leaves on the heels of a New York Times’ critics’ pick and three knock-out shows on the horizon.

This past spring, Garvey-Blackwell brought playwright Paula Vogel’s “Indecent” to open at The Vineyard Theatre to rave reviews, including a New York Times’ Critic’s Pick.

“She has been the person at the Vineyard we call at midnight during both times of crisis and times of celebration,” said Vogel. “I have been so lucky to work with her. She will continue to be a force in our community.”

The cast of INDECENT. Photo: Carol Rosegg.

The cast of INDECENT. Photo: Carol Rosegg.

“It is safe to say that when I started at Vineyard Theatre in 1997, I could not have foreseen what a vital and sustaining part of my life it would become,” said Garvey-Blackwell upon her departure announcement. “That enrichment came with the opportunity Continue reading

A Record-Breaking Harvest in the Square

Treasured annual community event brings in highest ever fundraising total in event history to support the organization’s work to beautify, improve and program the Union Square district

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More than 1,200 foodies, community leaders, elected officials and area businesses joined the Union Square Partnership on Thursday, September 22nd to celebrate the 21st Annual Harvest in the Square, a fundraiser that supports Union Square Park. This year, through the generosity of the community, the treasured annual event raised more than $378,000, bringing the total amount raised over the last two decades to more than $5,728,000.

“We don’t know how the event just keeps getting better and better but the Union Square culinary community really brought their A-game to this year’s food and wine extravaganza,” said Jennifer Falk, Executive Director of the Union Square Partnership. “Funds raised at the event are vital Continue reading

Happy 22nd Birthday Starbright Floral Design!

Experience Starbright Floral Design at the 21st Annual Harvest in the Square Sep. 22

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There’s a not-so-little flower shop that has been making big moves in New York City for 22 years. Meet Starbright Floral Design, the father/son duo—Nic and Stephen Faitos—that drives innovation in both design and style in the floral industry. Join us in welcoming them back to Harvest in the Square this year on Thurs, Sep. 22! On your way out of the event, (not that we even want to THINK about that moment yet) take home a mini bouquet courtesy of the friendly florists.

Starbright Floral Design has a two-decade history in New York City, making its mark by offering the freshest and highest quality blooms. This organization is built on a culture of enthusiasm and a passion for flowers that spills over to its customers. Over 200 of the city’s most influential members of Hospitality Industry recommend Starbright, which has earned it the moniker, “The Official Florist of the City that Never Sleeps.”

Daily, Starbright offers free treats Continue reading

#BWGMemories with Blue Water Grill

The Renovated Restaurant Reopens on Sep. 13

While it’s one of many restaurants lighting up Union Square’s culinary scene this fall, Blue Water Grill stands out with its creative take on unleashing its renovated space.

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Washing away usual signs of construction with the open sea, BR Guest used ocean waves wallpaper marked with words Blue Water Grill guests associate with the restaurant (fresh, thoughtful, original, breathtaking) to cover the building windows while they worked.

Prior to reopening next week on Tuesday, September 13, the Union Square staple is celebrating the past 20 unforgettable years in Union Square with stories from the community written on the ocean walls. Read the heartwarming #BWGMemories (we’ve already melted at four of the love stories) which will stay up until opening day, Continue reading

A Look at the New Union Square Cafe with The New York Times

Union Square Cafe is set to open this October

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Chad Batka, New York Times

We’re counting down the days for the opening of the new Union Square Cafe in October (reunite with the team early on Sep. 22 at Harvest in the Square) and thanks to this morning’s New York Times article by Michael Kimmelman, we can now fantasize about where we want to sit when it opens.

David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group have been “laboring to extract the DNA of the old Union Square Cafe and implant it into its new, very different body,” and Danny Meyer’s expert team including Union Square Cafe’s director of operations, Sam Lipp and executive chef, Carmen Quagliata offered their expertise down to the finest details. For example, a dissertation on the turning radius a barista needs behind the coffee station, and the effects of citrus on different types of wood.

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Rendering, Rockwell Group

The entrance will be on 19th Street. The restaurant will seat 138 people (only 8 more than 16th Street). Choosing a location a six-minute hand-truck ride Continue reading

Union Square Restaurant Scene Gets Fired Up For Fall

String Of Openings Kicks Off With Harvest in the Square

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The new bar at TsuruTonTan. Photo Credit: Nick Solares, Eater

The list seems endless for the restaurants joining the #USQEats scene. We’ve compiled the hottest new openings in Union Square this season, plus anticipated updates from your favorite fine and casual dining spots.

Breads Bakery’s Gadi Peleg partners with acclaimed Israeli Chef Meir Adoni for his first U.S. restaurant. Adoni plans to open Nur, meaning “light” in Hebrew, and “flame” in Arabic, at 34 East 20th Street this October, serving middle eastern food with a refined flair. You’ll want to tune in to enjoy this “Game of Chefs” two-time winner (Israel’s cooking competition) cuisine.

 

Danny Meyer’s Union Square Cafe opens in its new location, with new Daily Provisions concept next door. The iconic neon sign will be re-lit this Continue reading