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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Photo: Emily Andrews, Thrillist

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

Honoring Our NYPD Officers at Safe City Safe Streets

Union Square Partnership Thanks Our Local NYPD Precincts For A Safe 2016

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USP’s Executive Director, Jennifer Falk, and Operations Team, Tom DiRusso and McLawrence Glynn, present Midtown South Precinct Honoree Police Officer Alberto Ortiz with his “Officer of the Year” Award for his service to NYC.

In the neighborhood we call home, we are lucky to have the protection and support of multiple NYPD precincts working tirelessly to keep the district safe. At the annual Safe City Safe Street luncheon, along with our partners at Con Edison, NYU, Mount Sinai and Buchbinder & Warren, we were honored to sponsor and recognize NYC Police Department Commissioner O’Neill and the Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce’s “Officer of the Year” honorees from the 6th, 9th, 10th, 13th and Midtown South Precincts, as well as our partners at Transit District 4 for all they do for our community.

We encourage our residents, business owners and visitors to share their thanks with the NYPD, especially as they work over the holiday season to ensure our Continue reading

Support The Union Square Partnership at Chipotle Nov. 2

Half of the Proceeds Benefit USP’s Park and Beautification Programs

We’ve got the best excuse to eat a burrito (although, who ever needed an excuse?). Join us at Chipotle on 14th Street and Irving Place for lunch on Wednesday, November 2nd from 12 PM to 4 PM. Show the below image or mention the Union Square Partnership at the register and 50% of your lunch money will be donated to our park and beautification programs. #SupportUSQ

See you there!

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Google Geek Street Fair Comes to Union Square

Students to Learn STEM Fields With Robots and More

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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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Union Square Greenmarket Asian Street Market Tonight!

Final Summer Friday Celebration on the North Plaza

 

Join us on the North Plaza (along 17th Street) tonight from 4-9 PM for the final Greenmarket Summer Friday of the season! Local Asian restaurants including the Square’s own LAUT, Palo Santo, Parantha Alley and Samosa Shack join the Friday Union Square Greenmarket line-up, serving seasonally inspired street-dishes in the beer and wine garden.

You can also meet authors of KOREATOWN: A Cookbook, Deuki Hong and Matt Rodbard at the market from 4-7 PM.

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LAUT Restaurant Hakka Noodle & Chili Chicken; Continue reading

#USQEats is Buzzing: Gramercy Tavern Secures 3-Star Rating

Sample Chef Michael Anthony’s Award winning cuisine at 21st Annual Harvest in the Square on Sep 22nd in Union Square Park

 

This week, The New York Times recognized Gramercy Tavern with three stars, reveling in the distinct atmosphere and hospitality, the love chef Michael Anthony puts into every dish, and the delectable outcomes when he brings an eclectic variety of ingredients together (critic Pete Wells says, “He’s like somebody who goes to the farmers’ market hungry, ends up buying everything he sees, then figures out a way to make it all come together).

While Wells highlights the divine “chilled marigold-yellow soup of summer squash” scattered with red currants, and a “tender poached lobster” paired perfectly with corn and hot red peppers, what he really “went wild for” was a little dish of Continue reading

The Top 10 Moments from #USQSummer 2016

After 40 years, Summer in the Square keeps getting bigger and better – thanks in large part to our 2016 community sponsors and partners! We’re going to miss spending our Thursdays in the park with you so while we count down the weeks until Summer 2017, here are our top favorite moments from this past season’s free community programs:

10. Summer in the Square takes free bistro seating up a notch with free live entertainment, courtesy of The New School Jazz students!

9. There was no better way to stretch into our Summer Thursday than with sunrise yoga with New York Health & Racquet Club. Although, we’d argue that Ebony Fowler’s week of Zumba with Bryan could challenge every dance class you’ve been to in NYC.

 

8. Complete with live drums, Reign Hudson brought her Tabura Fitness to the Square with CRUNCH for one Continue reading