The Best Jack-O-Lantern Design? Your Face

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


See your face on a pumpkin this October. The W New York – Union Square is offering you the chance to see your face alongside celebrities in their “Gourd-geous Pumpkin Patch” 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

Capital One Hosts Food Drive at Union Square Flagship This October

All Donations Support Nazareth Housing in NYC


On the heels of its grand-opening, the new Capital One Bank Flagship Branch in Union Square is hosting a food donation drive throughout the month of October. Help Capital One donate 500 non-perishable food items to Nazareth Housing, a nonprofit committed to the promotion of housing stability and economic independence among low income families and individuals in the city.

As a thank you for donating, you’ll receive a free coffee card to redeem at Peet’s Coffee inside the branch.

“The reason for the food drive is to give back to our community and show how Capital One is committed to bringing humanity back to banking,” said Shane Richardson, Universal Branch Associate at Capital One. “We believe that our success is not based on how many customers Continue reading

Barnes & Noble Educator Days Offers Discount Through Sunday

Educator Appreciation Days Offer In-Store Discounts on Select Items

Attention all educators Pre-K through 12th Grade: Barnes & Noble Educator Appreciation Days are happening now through Sunday, October 16th. Stop by Barnes & Noble Union Square (17th Street between Broadway and Park Avenue South) for up to 25% off select purchases and more.

Google Geek Street Fair Comes to Union Square

Students to Learn STEM Fields With Robots and More


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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Why We’re Excited For Fall in Union Square

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


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)


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


(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


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