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 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

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

#TBT: Union Square Savings Bank, 1929

union square savings bank 1929

The Union Square Savings Bank, designed by Henry Bacon, was built in 1905-1907 on the corner of Union Square East and 15th Street. Bacon is most known for having designed the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. The building was designated as a landmark on February 13, 1996, which is the same year that the Daryl Roth Theatres acquired the space.

#TBT: Theatre Unique, 1908

136 East 14th Street, Theater Unique in 1908

photo credit: @AZandieh

The John Henry Theiss music hall at 136 East 14th Street was renovated as the Theatre Unique, an ornate theater that featured silent films. The name of the theater was spelled out in bright, flashing light bulbs at the cavernous entrance.  For 10 cents for a seat on the main floor or 20 cents for a box in the mezzanine balcony, patrons would enjoy a silent movie. Continue reading