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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Newest #USQEats Fat Cat Kitchen Opens on 14th Street

Find Cold Brews, Salads, and Baked Sweets Between 2nd and 3rd Ave

Fat Cat serves lunch options like avocado toast

Fat Cat Kitchen (223 East 14th Street) is filling our need for fresh grab-and-go to fuel our fast-paced New York lifestyle. Brought to you by Bjorn Holm, the former head of catering at Dean & Deluca’s SoHo flagship, Fat Cat Kitchen  is serving up breakfast sandwiches, coffee, salads, baked goods and more.

Start your morning with a homemade cold brew and ham and egg sandwich on a brioche bun. Go healthy for lunch with choices including a roasted vegetable sandwich, avocado toast with brown butter ricotta, and curry chicken salad wrap.

New #USQEats Luke’s Lobster Goes (RED) for June

Eat Lobster this June in #UnionSquareNY + Fight HIV

Luke’s will match, dollar-for-dollar, donations made at checkout

The newest addition to Union Square’s fast-casual scene comes with a taste of New England, and a new color. Luke’s Lobster opened their newest outpost in Union Square at 124 University Place.

Typically a nautical blue storefront, Union Square’s Luke’s is going (RED) to join the fight against HIV. Now through the month of June, you’ll have the opportunity to join Luke’s and get involved with the campaign.

Next time you order a delicious lobster roll at Luke’s you’ll have the opportunity to make a donation to (RED) at checkout. Donations will be matched (up to $13,000), thanks to the generous support of Luke’s and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It’s that simple.

Father’s Day Planning in Three Easy Steps

Cards, Gifts and Brunch for Dad

Find Father’s Day cards and gifts at Paper Source

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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Meet Your Citi Summer in the Square Fitness Instructors

Free Fitness Kicks Off Thursday in Union Square Park

Morning fitness classes take place on the North Plaza. Photo Credit: Liz Ligon for USP.

Every Thursday from June 15-Aug 11, prepare to meet and incredible lineup of fitness instructors brought to you by Paragon Sports. In the mornings, discover the hottest boutique studios with new instructors each week. In the evenings, New York Health & Racquet Club is bringing their motivated team from 13th Street to the North Plaza so you can discover the best of the club. Find a full listing of summer classes and instructors at citisummerinthesquare.nyc/fitness.

Morning Fitness

Mantas Zvinas at SYB. Photo Credit: Paragon Sports

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Al Fresco Dining in Union Square

Get Your #USQEats with a Side of Summer Sunshine

Soak in the best of summer with outdoor dining options along (or in!) Union Square Park, and throughout the district. Here’s our top picks for your best Al fresco experience. Plus, find the best specials at these spots at our new #USQDeals page.

The Coffee Shop (29 Union Square West)

On Union Square West enjoy Cuban and American fare for breakfast, lunch or dinner at The Coffee Shop (pictured above). Choose a spot outside along Union Square West or 16th Street.

ABCV / ABC Cocina (38 East 19th Street)

Along 19th Street you’ll find outdoor seating for Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Spanish ABC Cocina and vegetarian ABCV. Take a juice and energizing blue bowl to-go to eat outside at ABCV, or spicy cocktails with brunch at ABC Cocina.

 

Blue Water Grill (31 Union Square West)

Union Square’s seafood staple for more than 20 years, Blue Water Grill, takes outdoor eating to another level with its raw seafood tower. You’ll be transported from 16th Street to the waterfront in just one bite.

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Dylan’s Candy Bar (33 Union Square West)

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