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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Free and Green Earth Day Celebrations in Union Square

Enjoy a Car Free Broadway, Special Events, Plastic Cleanse and More

Students of the Convent of the Sacred Heart School sweeping in Union Square Park on the first Earth day on April 22, 1970. Photo credit: National Geographic

Ever since the inaugural Earth Day celebration in Union Square in 1970, our park and public plazas have continued to be a draw for thousands to celebrate Earth Day each year. Here’s how you can celebrate Earth Day this year right here in Union Square.

Earth Day Initiative Celebration

On Tuesday, April 18th from 12 – 7 PM join Earth Day Initiative to meet environmental non-profits, green businesses, and enjoy kids’ activities and live performances.

Car Free NYC

On the second annual Car Free NYC on Earth Day, April 22nd from 10 AM – 4 PM join Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez and the NYCDOT as they close down Broadway to cars from Times Square to Union Square. In Union Square’s pedestrian plaza, enjoy free fitness with Paragon Sports and more.

Union Square Historical Walking Tour: Earth Day Edition

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#ShopSmall This Saturday in #UnionSquareNY

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Visit Union Square this weekend to celebrate Small Business Saturday! In honor of the holiday, the first 20 people to attend this weekend’s free “Crossroads of New York Historic Walking Tour” of Union Square will receive a free #ShopSmall tote. The tour is presented by the Union Square Partnership.

Share your moments on Small Business Saturday using #ShopSmall on social media. Plus, tag your photos full of holiday cheer with #USQHoliday to win unique Union Square gifts!

Check out 10 of our small businesses you can celebrate Small Business Saturday with:

Union Square Greenmarket (Union Square Park, North and West Plazas)
Stop by the Union Square Greenmarket to shop directly from farmers from New York, New Jersey and beyond. Enjoy a cup of hot cider while you peruse the River Garden dried flowers, endless tables of fruits and vegetables, pies, breads and so much more.

 

Rothmans (Park Avenue South between 18th & 19th Streets)
Rothmans is a unique family owned and operated men’s clothing store with shops in NYC, Scarsdale, and now, “harry” in Bronxville. Located in Union Square since 1986, Rothmans offers men’s clothing including casual and fine wear, plus pop-up shops for trending products like S’well Water Bottles and more. Plus, check out their new online store. *Stop in this weekend for special Small Business Saturday deals!

 

Union Square Holiday Market (Union Square Park, South Plaza)
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Join Us for a Special Jane’s Walk on Saturday, May 2nd

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The Union Square Partnership is excited to present a special walking tour of the Union Square neighborhood, as part of the Jane’s Walk initiative. We will convene on Saturday, May 2nd at 2PM in front of the Lincoln statue (along the 16th Street transverse). The tour will emphasize Continue reading

Family in Town? What to do this Saturday in Union Square:

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Recovered from your food coma only to find that your family is still around? Fret not! Bring the family down to Union Square this Saturday to partake in our free historic walking tour, “Union Square: Crossroads of New York.”  Explore the social and political Continue reading