Celebrate the End of #USQSummer on August 10th

Enjoy Giveaways, Bubbles, Movie Night and More

As summer comes to a close, join us for the final days of Citi Summer in the Square in Union Square Park to celebrate all the fun we’ve together at 9 weeks of free community programming. We’re bringing out all the stops for an endless day of fun on August 10th.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

The off-Broadway hit, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show,  based on Eric Carle’s famous book is coming back to the stage this fall at the DR2 in Union Square. Enjoy an exclusive preview of the show on the Citi Summer in the Square stage on August 10th at 11 AM! Enter on social media on August 10th to win tickets to the show.

Freeze Dance + Giveaways

In addition to our 11 AM performance, stick around for a game of freeze dance with Citi Summer in the Square’s Sarah Seeds on the South Plaza, plus maracas to take home!

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7 Car-Free Miles in NYC at Citi Summer Streets

Enjoy Citi Summer Streets on August 5th, 12th and 19th from 7 AM to 1 PM

Fill your August Saturday schedule with walking, playing, biking and exploring the motorless streets of Manhattan from Central Park to the Brooklyn Bridge at Citi Summer Streets. For the first three Saturdays in August, Park Avenue will be car-free and full of activities to enjoy.

Pick up or drop off a Citi Bike in Union Square at one of 12 locations (find them on the map). Don’t have a pass? Enter our summer social media contest using the hashtag #USQSummer and you could win a 24-hour pass. Daily, weekly or monthly passes are also available to purchase at any Citi Bike station with a credit card.

You’ll find activities all along the Citi Summer Streets route, or you can stop and stay a while in Union Square:

  • Every Saturday the Union Square Greenmarket fills the North and West plaza with farmers, bakers and more selling fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as breads, honey, hot sauce and more
  • At 2 PM, you can enjoy a free walking tour with the historians at Big Onion Walking Tours around Union Square Park. Meet at the Abraham Lincoln Statue on the 16th Street transverse.
  • On August 19th, meet Anna Kendrick at Barnes & Noble
  • For the first two Saturdays, book a Restaurant Week prix fixe brunch at a local spot you’ve never tried before

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#USQSummer Throwback Thursday Movie Nights in Union Square Park

Free Movie Nights on the North Plaza August 3rd and August 10th

A New York summer isn’t complete without an outdoor movie night. We’re throwing it back to the 1980s for our Throwback Thursday movie nights featuring The Karate Kid on August 3rd, and Back to the Future on August 10th.

Here’s everything you need to know to have a successful Movie Night at Citi Summer in the Square:

LOCATION:

Look for the big screen in the North Plaza along 17th Street between Union Square East and West across from Barnes & Noble.

TIME:

Seating opens at 6:30 PM, however you are welcome to line up early for your seat entry at 6 PM. Don’t worry though – there’s not a bad seat in the house!

The early bird gets the goodies. The first 500 people in attendance receive Pret A Manger Popcorn and a Citibank Seat Cushion.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:

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Where to Enjoy Public Seating in Union Square Park

Enjoy New Bistro Furniture Daily in Four Public Seating Areas

Spring has officially sprung, and that means public seating in Union Square’s plazas are back. This spring, the Union Square Partnership invested in new furniture for our public seating areas, which are managed daily by our Clean Team.

Hold a morning meeting outside, enjoy your lunch from your favorite #USQEats spot, or bring a book from Barnes & Noble or Strand Bookstore to read. Find a seat in the sun, or find shade under our blue umbrellas.

Broadway Pedestrian Plaza

On Broadway between 17th Street and 18th Street, enjoy a corridor of tables and chairs lined by planters filled with #USQBlooms. Plus, located in the center, get a charge at our solar-powered phone charging station.

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West Side Seating Area

Enter the park on the 16th Street Transverse and you’ll find the West Side Seating Area tucked away beneath beautiful park trees. Here is one of the quieter seating areas to enjoy, with chirping birds as the soundtrack. This summer, stop by from Continue reading

Local Businesses, Musicians Invited to Sign Up for Make Music New York

NYC’s Largest One-Day Celebration of Music is Wednesday, June 21st

Make Music New York (MMNY) is a truly unique celebration: a music holiday on which musicians of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels are empowered to perform in public spaces throughout all five boroughs of NYC, energizing the entire city in the process. Over its ten-year history, Make Music New York has grown to become NYC’s largest one-day collection of free, outdoor concerts.

MMNY is calling for both musicians to perform and venues to host a performance for this year’s event. Register by May 1st.

Performers:

  • Create a performer profile to search and connect with hundreds of participating venues including shops, parks, plazas, libraries, museums and more.
  • Post your bio, social media information and music samples and venues will discover you and book you for this year’s event.

Venues:

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#USQBlooms This Spring With USP District Investments

Neighborhood Investments Keep Union Square Busy, Vibrant

Tulips don’t just pop up in the neighborhood overnight. While it may seem like Union Square gets a spring cleaning in the blink of an eye, the Union Square Partnership invests in the neighborhood’s beautification all season long to keep our community blooming, bright and beautiful. Here are the projects you’ll see unfold this spring.

Learn more about our spring social media contest below!

Clean Team Extended Hours, Additional Staff

Your favorite winter warriors are transitioning from clearing snow to prepping the district for spring, and maintaining the neighborhood’s cleanliness all summer long. With higher foot traffic in the warmer months, USP invests in a larger clean team presence with longer hours to keep the district clean.

New Trash Receptacles

Serving over 345,000 people daily, our trash receptacles suffer from annual wear and tear. Each spring, USP invests in new dynasty trash receptacles to replace those that are worn down or damaged.

Spring Planters + Flower Baskets

Over the spring and summer, the USP Landscaping Team heads out to the district to keep 90 planters, including 9 flower baskets on light poles, full of fresh blooms to provide greenery for all to enjoy in our urban jungle. Find our planters along 17th Street, in the Broadway Pedestrian Plaza, and throughout Union Square Park’s plazas and walkways.

Park Landscaping

In addition to our planters, USP invests in seasonal plantings in Union Square Park’s most popular walkways and around our monuments to keep the park blooming all season long.

New Bistro Tables + Chairs

We’re here to keep your outdoor lunch game strong. Get out of the office and into the park and our pedestrian plaza to enjoy new bistro tables and chairs all season long. Find a spot to sit and relax on the main lawn, in the 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