Father’s Day Planning in Three Easy Steps

Cards, Gifts and Brunch for Dad

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Show Dad or the father figure in your life how much you care in three easy steps on Father’s Day this Sunday, all in time for brunch.

Start With a Card

Barnes & Noble (33 East 17th Street) has cards to buy, and a children’s Father’s Day story time reading of When Dads Don’t Grow Up this Saturday, June 17th at 11 AM.

Choose from one of many card designs from Paper Source (75 Fifth Avenue), or DIY in-store with a card personalized for Dad.

 

Then Find the Perfect Gift

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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

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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.

Announcing DEPT.1908 Paragon Sports' NEW Footwear Experience #dept1908 #paragonsports #grandopening

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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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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.

Union Square Historical Walking Tour: Earth Day Edition

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Sweet Stuff: Our Valentine’s Day Guide

Gift Ideas, Makeup Applications and More To Get You V-Day Ready in USQ

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Union Square’s sweetest spots are ready to help you plan your Valentine’s Day in a snap. We’ve gathered up some of our favorite treats, date nights, events, and even marriage ideas to get you V-Day ready right here in Union Square.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth: Dylan’s Candy Bar

Head to Dylan’s Candy Bar (33 Union Square West) to find your cupid’s favorite sweets. Choose from hundreds of gummies, hard candies and chocolates, or pick up a pre-packed assortment selected by the experts.

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Chocolate Must-Haves: City Bakery and Breads Bakery

Cuddle up at City Bakery (3 West 18th Street) for a special V-Day #datenight and share a massive cup of hot chocolate during their Hot Chocolate festival – proven to be worth it because they’re celebrating 25 years of delectable, scrumptious chocolate!

 

Whether you’re dining in or out, plan to pick up dessert at Breads Bakery (18 E 16th Street). Their Nutella babka promises layers upon layers flaky deliciousness that you can pull apart with your hands and enjoy together. Watch below to see exactly what you’re in for!

 

Proposal Ideas: Get Down on One Knee at LinkNYC

The Links that have been popping up over the city (offering free public Wi-Fi, phone calls, device charging and a tablet for access to city services, maps and directions) are hoping to help New Yorkers pop the question on Valentine’s Day. Email hello@link.nyc to coordinate the location, time and Continue reading

New in 2017 (Plus, the Best of 2016 You Can Still Catch) in Union Square

2017 Brings New Restaurants, Theater, Free Events

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As you gear up to tackle 2017, we’re already anticipating an incredible year in the Square. Here are the top developments we’re excited for this year, plus the best of 2016 you can still enjoy.

1. Union Square Sweat Fest | Don’t give up on those New Year’s resolutions! SWEAT in Union Square with our third annual celebration of Union Square’s health and wellness scene. We’ll keep you committed with silent disco yoga at the W New York – Union Square, an exclusive workout in GrowNYC’s new Project Farmhouse, and free class trials at some of the best gyms in the neighborhood.

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2. Union Square Cafe Returns Home | The best part about Union Square Cafe’s new larger space? Each visit reveals something different you love about the restaurant. Whether it’s the artwork, the private nooks, or a seat at one of the bars, you can experience the incredible food and drink that earned the restaurant the highest accolades over the years.

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3. Exceptional Off-Broadway Theatre | In February, The Vineyard Theatre introduces John Kander and Greg Pierce’s Kid Victory directed by Liesl Tommy, a hauntingly mesmerizing new musical about seventeen-year-old Luke returning to his small Kansas town after a wrenching one-year absence. Tickets are now on sale! Across the street, the Daryl Roth Theatre presents Vox Luminere’s Phantom Of The Opera, a unique take on the classic musical.

4. New Tech Center on the Way | This season, NYC’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) will soon reveal the team selected to redevelop the city-owned site at 124 East 14th Street into a new tech hub for a modern workforce. The project may include new office and retail space geared towards startups and co-working.

5. Project Farmhouse | The team behind the world-famous Union Square Greenmarket, GrowNYC, just launched Project Farmhouse, an event space and sustainability center that hosts workshops, galas, speakers, community meetings and interactive exhibits. The new space is located on 13th Street, on the ground floor of the Hyatt Union Square.

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The view from the main entrance of Project Farmhouse with a ceiling made of recycled plastic bottles. Source: ProjectFarmhouse.org

6. New Foodie Spots Opening Soon | Prepare for Korean BBQ alongside classic Korean dishes at Barn Joo’s new multiple-story location at 35 Union Square West, set to open this winter. Acclaimed Israeli chef Meir Adoni teams up with Breads Continue reading

Summer in the Square Starts Next Thursday!

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Get outdoors this summer!  Summer in the Square returns next Thursday with a full line-up of free fitness classes, children’s entertainment, live jazz, dance classes and performances and more!  You told us that you wanted more fitness, and we’re bringing Continue reading