33rd Annual Meeting Celebrates USP’s Community Contributions

Executive Director Jennifer Falk presented an overview of USP’s work over the last year.

On Monday, May 15th, USP welcomed neighborhood residents, business and property owners, and other key district stakeholders to our 33rd Annual Meeting + Networking Reception.

Hosted by the W New York – Union Square, Executive Director Jennifer Falk presented an overview of the Partnership’s contributions to the community over the past year and plans for the coming year. She proudly shared that we raised our highest fundraising total to date, $1.5 million in addition to our annual assessment, which allowed us to plant new trees and understory landscaping in the median malls along Union Square East, expand outdoor seating areas with new bistro furniture, and install brighter, energy-efficient lighting to increase park safety. For a full recap of this year’s work, please enjoy the 2017 Annual Report.

“From the exciting developments taking place throughout the area, to the new businesses and incredible restaurants that continue to join our bustling community, the Union Square-14th Street district is thriving. We are proud of the progress we have made over the past year, and we look forward to continuing to further Union Square’s growth in the years to come,” said Falk. See our work in action at #USQBlooms on Twitter and Instagram.

Featured Speaker Civic Hall Founder/CEO Andrew Rasiej with Executive Director Jenn Falk and Union Square Partnership Co-Chair William Abramson.

Civic Hall Founder/CEO (and longtime resident) Andrew Rasiej was featured as a special guest speaker to speak to the City’s new $250 million tech hub planned for 124 East 14th Street and how Civic Hall, Continue reading

#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

Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming USP Events

Community Programming in Union Square

We can’t wait to see our community out in the district this season! Mark your calendar for upcoming USP events. Subscribe to our newsletter for updates.

2017 USP Annual Meeting
Monday, May 15, 2017
W New York – Union Square

It’s My Park! Day
Saturday, June 3, 2017
16th Street Transverse, Union Square Park

Summer in the Square
Thursdays, June 15 – August 10, 2017
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Save the Date: Union Square Sweat Fest 2017

Experience The Best of Union Square’s Fitness Scene Feb. 9th – Feb 15th

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Mark your calendars: Union Square Sweat Fest is back for its third annual event Thurs, Feb. 9th – Wed, Feb. 15th! With more than 1,000 participants last year, Sweat Fest’s lineup has been expanded to showcase over 60 event partners at more than 30+classes throughout the week.

What is Union Square Sweat Fest?

Union Square Sweat Fest is a week-long event series highlighting the best in the Union Square districts premier health + fitness scene. Get fit with us all week long! You can sample workouts at the district’s best athleisure retailers + top gyms, and get “drenched” with Sweat Fest swag at featured studio classes. The event series also offers a dynamic line-up of children’s classes and a week-long social media contest.

RSVP to our Facebook event and invite your friends to get drenched with you!

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How do I register for classes?

Registration for all Union Square Sweat Fest events, including the ticketed opening and closing events, opens at 12 PM on Thurs, Feb. 2nd at unionsquaresweatfest.nyc.

Sweat Fest classes have a limited capacity and are available on a first come, first served basis. (The schedule has a mix of complimentary Continue reading

First Lady of NYC Kicks Off Mental Health Week of Action in Union Square

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(From L to R) Union Square Partnership Executive Director, Jennifer Falk, Actor Denis O’Hare, First Lady of NYC Chirlane McCray, and Deputy Mayor Richard Buery kick off Mental Health Week of Action in Union Square at The Pavilion. Photo Credit: Kimberlee Hewitt

On Monday morning, First Lady of NYC Chirlane McCray kicked off Mental Health Week of Action in Union Square to connect New Yorkers to free, confidential mental health help during the holidays. Joining her was Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives Richard Buery, as well as American Horror Story actor Denis O’Hare, who both spoke about the need for better mental health resources for those in need.

“These winter days of sparkling holiday lights and family gatherings are often joyous. But for some people – such as people who are grappling with depression, anxiety, or substance misuse – this can be such a difficult time of the year. Our mission this week is to let New Yorkers know they don’t have to bear the burden alone” –  First Lady Chirlane McCray

After speaking to New Yorkers, the First Lady, Deputy Mayor and O’Hare passed out helpful literature on how to cope with holiday stress in the Union Square Greenmarket and Union Square Holiday Market by Urbanspace.

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NYC Well is your connection to free and confidential mental health support. Counselors can connect you 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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