In the News
Monday, March 3, 2014
From The New York Times: A plan to open a seasonal restaurant in the recently restored neo-Classical arch and colonnade that anchors the north end of Union Square Park is back on track.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
From Gothamist: "Their newest outpost arrived in Union Square last week, serving house-ground hamburgers like The Cadillac ($8.50) with cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, tomato, red leaf lettuce and their Standard Sauce."
Thursday, July 25, 2013
From Broadway World: "Key Wilde and Mr Clarke will celebrate the release of 'Pleased To Meet You' with a FREE concert in Union Square today, July 25th at 11 am."
Monday, July 1, 2013
From CBS New York: "New York City wants to make sure some of its monuments are ready for Independence Day celebrations."
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
From Time Out Kids: "We love Union Square Park’s Summer in the Square series for its awesome lineup of free kid-friendly performances, and the schedule for Thursday, June 27 promises a very special concert by none other than kindie superstar Laurie Berkner."
Monday, June 17, 2013
From Crain's New York Business: “Union Square Park is finally going to sprout a restaurant. Following a lengthy legal battle, an appeals court ruled that the city is within its right to erect an eatery at the northern end of the park.”
Sunday, June 16, 2013
From The New York Times: “Designed by a Dumbo-based firm, Pensa, with solar technology from Goal Zero, a mobile solar start-up, they are to remain in place in spots like Union Square Park, Metrotech Plaza and Rockaway Beach for three to four weeks at a time until October.”
Monday, June 10, 2013
From The Daily Meal: “Alfred Portale has served as an icon for the New York culinary world, and so has Union Square’s Greenmarket Farmers Market, so it only seems suiting that Portale would write a cookbook about the famous market.”
Thursday, June 6, 2013
From Business Insider: “In less than four years since launching in New York City's Union Square, Dos Toros Taqueria has earned a cult following and expanded to four locations in the city, with another opening in Washington D.C. this year.”
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
From Commercial Property Executive: “The building is now fully leased with tenants like Apple iAd and Yelp, which has its New York headquarters at the site and recently took another 29,505 square feet, according to the Union Square Partnership.”
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
From Media Bistro: “The W New York Hotel Union Square helped ICFF celebrate its 25th anniversary with an exotic installation imported from Spain.”
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
From The Villager: "Locals could be tempted to set up an outdoor office this summer in Union Square Park, thanks to innovative technologies provided by the Union Square Partnership."
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
From Artinfo: “On the same triangular wedge of a traffic island that last year played host to Malcolm D. MacDougall’s hulking and heavy “Microscopic Landscape” the Korean sculptor Jaehyo Lee has erected “Lotus,” an airy, perforated, and elegant totem of carved, sanded, shaped, and burned Korean Pine that stands 18 feet tall.”
Sunday, April 28, 2013
From NY Daily News: “The hottest ticket in town is an uncomfortable seat, front and center, at the 10:30 a.m. SoulCycle class at Union Square, where dreamy Jake Gyllenhaal regularly sweats his way through workouts.”
Thursday, April 18, 2013
From Metro: “‘Union Square is a must-see cultural destination in downtown Manhattan and visitors in town for both business and leisure want to stay in this neighborhood but did not previously have the hotel options,’ says Chris Holbrook, the hotel’s general manager.”
Monday, April 8, 2013
From DNAinfo.com: “New Yorkers can trade in last year’s spring wardrobe for a new one at this year’s Earth Day celebration held at Union Square”
Thursday, April 4, 2013
From Daily News: "Hundreds of women will participate in an outdoor Soulcycle class in Union Square Park on April 14 to raise money for the SEAK foundation."
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
From Racked: "Store design is rooted in signature dark wood fixtures and oriental rugs with some of the building's original tile floor still intact."
Sunday, March 31, 2013
From DNAinfo: “The city Department of Transportation is set to build new east-west bike routes on West 15th and 16th streets that will connect Union Square to the Hudson River.”
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
From the Washington Square News: "Nearly four decades after its 1975 opening, Joe’s Pizza expanded to include a Union Square branch that opened on March 4 in a joint venture between owner Joe Pozzuoli Sr. and his grandson Sal Vitale."
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
From The New York Times: “Kondo-san. That’s who he is to all at the Union Square restaurant here: the master fish butcher who, nearly six years ago, helped to open the first and only satellite of Danny Meyer’s original Union Square Cafe in Manhattan.”
Saturday, March 16, 2013
From Daily Mail: “Union Square is one of the main hubs of New York City, drawing thousands of residents and tourists every day. But during the First World War, the iconic spot saw a less conventional visitor - a full-sized U.S. Navy battleship.”
Thursday, March 7, 2013
From the Daily Mail: "Union Square is one of the main hubs of New York City, drawing thousands of residents and tourists every day. But during the First World War, the iconic spot saw a less conventional visitor - a full-sized U.S. Navy battleship."
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
From Chelsea Now: "The Union Square Partnership is working harder than ever to keep the district clean and in tip-top shape. In 2012 our dedicated Clean Team spent more than 45,000 hours scrubbing and painting, plus removing more than 124,000 bags of trash."
Thursday, February 28, 2013
From The Villager: "The Union Square Partnership is working harder than ever to keep the district clean and in tiptop shape…"
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
From the Business Insider: "“The universities are excited about hotel capacity increasing,” Jennifer Falk, the executive director of the Union Square Partnership, a business improvement district, told Crain’s."
Sunday, January 13, 2013
From The Wall Street Journal: "Josh Hammond, 22, was visiting from Poughkeepsie with a friend. "I would say they could decorate it up a bit," he said. "I think Union Square is nicer. It doesn't look like much of a park or a place to come to me."
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
From the Zagat: "Ainsworth Park just opened in the space near Union Square that used to house Japanese eatery Kibo and (perhaps in the spirit of the competition on the screens) there's a upscale-sports-bar smackdown a brewin'."
Monday, December 10, 2012
From The Daily Meal: "In New York City, one sign that the holidays are near are the red and white checkered tents that take over Union Square Park each November and December."
Monday, December 10, 2012
From thestar.com: "W hotels have established a name for themselves with a solid aesthetic, and their property at Union Square in lower Manhattan fits the bill."
Sunday, December 9, 2012
From Cleveland.com: "...the unique vendors in their red-and-white tents against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline, with the smell of fresh gingerbread and hot cider wafting through the air, was a wonderful, quintessentially New York holiday experience."
Monday, December 3, 2012
From DNAinfo.com: "On Nov.More
Thursday, November 22, 2012
From the Wall Street Journal: "Union Square is known to city residents for its large, four-day-a-week greenmarket, abundant transportation options, central location and proximity to institutions such as New York University and the New School."
Friday, November 9, 2012
From the RACKED: "Brooklyn Flea just announced they'll open that weekend, and the Union Square Holiday Mrket is officially slated to kickoff on aFriday November 16th."
Friday, November 9, 2012
From the Gothamist,"The increasingly ubiquitous food truck armies are all around us, up in our base killing out d00dz, and their latest conquest is Union Square, where a formidable array of food vendors will be setting up shop at the arts and crafts holiday market."
Thursday, November 8, 2012
From History News Network: "Presented by More Art and the Polish Cultural Institute New York, in conjunction with the Union Square Partnership, the installation, entitled, "Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection," has been timed to honor Veterans Day and is on view in Union Square Park from Thursday through Dec. 9, between 6 p.m. and 10 pm...."
Monday, November 5, 2012
From the Food Republic: "With Union Square being used as a temporary staging area for repair crews in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the world-famous Union Square Greenmarket has been relocated for the time being."
Thursday, November 1, 2012
From the Gothamist: "Power may still be out in Lower Manhattan post-Sandy, but there is good news if you want some relatively pricey fresh food in the area: the Union Square Whole Foods location is open for business (thanks to power generators)."
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
From the New YorkGrubStreet : "...and now comes the news that Whole Foods Union Square has reopened with the help of generators."
Monday, October 29, 2012
From the New York Post: “Parent company Strike Holdings, founded by Tom Shannon, also owns the giant new Bowlmor near Times Square and branches in five other states. But it’s the original facility steps from thriving Union Square that has the mystique.”
Thursday, October 25, 2012
From The Village Voice: "Constituting a sort of new Times Square for New Yorkers instead of tourists, Union Square is alive with places to eat, many offering such amenities as outdoor seating, full bars, late hours, and even bargain pricing."
Monday, October 22, 2012
From the Gothamist: “La Maison du Croque Monsieur—a collaboration between Yves Jadot and Alberto Benenati, who together also run Petite Abeille—opened earlier this month just south of Union Square on 13th street to toast up the Parisienne specialty.”
Sunday, October 14, 2012
From the Daily News: "In-shape insiders at the SoulCycle in Union Square on Saturday morning were shocked when the Mother Monster joined them for back-to-back spinning classes in the $32 per session studio."
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
From The Villager: "Union Square welcomed a major new chain store tenant on Friday, as the off-price retailer Burlington Coat Factory opened its flagship location — which clocks in at three stories and 92,000 square feet — two doors over from the Whole Foods Market on Union Square South."
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
From The New York Times: "Hu Kitchen, near Union Square, is proof of how far quick take-away food has come. The name sounds Asian, but Hu stands for “human,” and the philosophy is to serve food, most of it prepared on the premises, that puts a minimum on processed ingredients."
Monday, August 27, 2012
From The Daily Meal: "Restaurant owner Paul Krug found so much success after openening his first Glaze Teriyaki Grill restaurant in Midtown Manhattan in 20120 that he decided to add another location in his beloved negihborhood of Union Square."
Sunday, August 26, 2012
From the BlackBookmagazine: " Today, owner Paul Krug opens a second location, bringing his Seattle-style teriyaki to a 750 square-foot space in Union Square, a neighborhood he has lived in, and loved, since he moved here from Seattle 10 years ago."
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
From the Gothamist: "If you are going to be around Union Swuare or the Flatiron District in the next weeks and enjoy a (free) cold burst of caffinene surrounded by class clothes, you may want to read further."
Friday, August 10, 2012
From Serious Eats: "Peak season at the market continues this week, with lots of melon rolling in, along with sweet and hot peppers and the squash, tomatoes, and eggplant we've been seeing for weeks now."
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
From DNAinfo: "A pop-up pool, bikini-clad models and DJs spinning the hottest tunes made quite the splash in Union Square."
Monday, July 30, 2012
From NYC Daily News: "Pilates ProWorks is the newest kid on the block to encourage parents to use their little bundles of joy to lose weight and add muscle."
Thursday, July 19, 2012
From DNAinfo: "The bubble-making demonstration was a part of the Union Square Partnership's 2012 Summer in the Square, with events including fitness camps, shows for kids and dance classes organized every Thursday from 7 am to 6 pm."
Friday, July 13, 2012
From NY Daily News: "Protests, concerts, competitive organic grocery shopping — there’s always something going on around Union Square."
Sunday, July 8, 2012
From The Paramus Post: "On July 7th, the Barnes and Noble in Union Square, New York City, was buzzing with excitement. It was only about 10:30 in the morning, but people were already packing themselves into the overflow section behind those seated towards the front of the room near the stage."
Monday, July 2, 2012
From DNAinfo: "UNION SQUARE — The city is expanding a program to encourage New Yorkers on foodstamps to eat healthier, offering reward coupons to those who shop at farmers markets."
Monday, July 2, 2012
From gbNYC: "Last week, Citi earned LEED Platinum certification for its New York City flagship location in Union Square. In the process, it became the first bank to earn 200 LEED certifications."
Thursday, June 21, 2012
From New Yorkled:"The Union Square Partnership and New York City Department of Parks & Recreation are pleased to announce the installation of Microscopic Landscape 2010, by artist Malcolm D. MacDougall III. The work will be located on the plaza of Union Square’s Triangle Park on Broadway and Park Avenue South between 14th and 15th streets now through January 2013."
Thursday, June 14, 2012
From Commercial Observer: "According to Mr. Black, the location was ideal for the company because it was close to Union Square’s dense transit and also in the midst of a neighborhood, Midtown South, that has fast become home to the city’s burgeoning tech sector."
Monday, June 11, 2012
From the Harrison Daily Voice: “Purchase College graduate Malcolm MacDougall III will have his piece "Microscopic Landscape" displayed in Union Square in New York City.”
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
From Guitar Noise: “Players of all ages, styles, and skill levels are invited to join a massive ensemble of guitarists in Union Square to collectively play pre-selected songs.”
Sunday, June 3, 2012
From The New York Times: “Shortly after 6 p.m. on Tuesday, a small black dot will begin moving across the face of the Sun… Despite the forecast, which is for clouds and possible rain, astronomy groups are setting up viewing sites around the city, including Union Square.”
Monday, May 14, 2012
From New York Public Media: “The Academy for Software Engineering (AFSE), geared towards students interested in computer science and technology, will prepare students to design and create the next generation of software applications through real-world instruction."
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
From Business Insider: “Or if you're near Union Square, head to City Bakery. It's never a bad time for the amazing cookies, pretzel croissants, or hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows."
Monday, April 23, 2012
From DNA Info: “That 92,000-square-foot retail spot will become Burlington’s flagship location in Manhattan."
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
From The Villager: “Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott on Tuesday announced that a new incubator school for tomorrow’s tech engineers will be opening in the Washington Irving High School building in Union Square.”
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
From DNAinfo: "Chef Driven Market—which owns 5 Napkin Burger and Barbounia, both with locations near Union Square — will operate the café from April to October beginning in spring 2013..."
Thursday, March 1, 2012
From Hotel Chatter: "The textile design corresponded to the overall "allegory" concept with a great respect to nature and union square park that drove many design decisions."
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
From BetaBeat: "Google is in negotiations to figure out how to contribute to the new software engineering high school in Union Square."
Thursday, February 23, 2012
From BIZBASH: "Housed inside a shipping container stationed in Union Square, the temporary store was open to the public Friday and Saturday, and to lure current and prospective members, it displayed and sold new clothes before the items were made available on the Web."
Thursday, February 23, 2012
From the NY Observer: "Venture capital firm FirstMark Capital landed in a veritable hornets nest of digital activity after it agreed to a 10-year lease at 100-104 Fifth Avenue, a tech-trendy building that already has Apple and Yelp as one of its many social media tenants."
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
From the NY Observer: "...asking rates for ground floor retail space in Union Square have shot up past $400 per square foot due to the area’s high foot traffic and roster of retail attractions such as Whole Foods, Nordstrom Rack and others that have made it a prime shopping destination."
Thursday, February 9, 2012
From DNAinfo: "Three-year-old Samantha Darnell got her first taste of snowboarding on Thursday morning — in Union Square."
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
From Crain's New York: "Mr. Greenspan said he’s been seeing a lot of transactions in which a business like FirstMark that serves the tech industry is moving from midtown to the Union Square area to be nearer to potential clients or investments.”
Monday, January 30, 2012
From Gothamist Blog: "The Union Square area hasn't been starved for food options in decades, and it isn't likely to anytime soon. Just today the area gets another eatery with the arrival of Tortaria to the corner of 12th Street and University Place."
Saturday, January 28, 2012
From The Real Deal: "Rothman would not reveal the identity of the buyer due to a confidentiality agreement. “I believe it’s the largest apartment ever sold on Union Square,” Rothman said."
Thursday, January 26, 2012
From Clean Plates Blog: "Haven’s Kitchen, a gorgeous new cooking school/market/event space in Union Square, stands out in a city full of trendy locavore food businesses."
Saturday, January 21, 2012
From The Village Voice Blog: "In spite of the year's first major snowfall, the Greenmarket went on as planned today at Union Square."
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
From DNAinfo: "As Cornell and Technion prepare to break ground for their engineering campus on Governor’s Island, city officials are hoping some of its future students will come from a new computer engineering high school set to open this fall near Union Square."
Friday, January 13, 2012
From Fast Company: “Meyer's Union Square Cafe, Eleven Madison Park, and Gramercy Tavern consistently appear on most major New York top restaurant lists.”
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
From DNAinfo: “I think Union Square has a bit of a reputation because it is such a hub for chefs and people love to talk about the variety,” said Cheryl Huber, assistant director of Greenmarket for GrowNYC, which runs markets across the city and visits Union Square’s market at least once a week.”
Sunday, November 27, 2011
From DNAInfo: "Thousands of holiday shoppers basked in the balmy weather this weekend as they picked up gifts for friends and loved ones at the Union Square Holiday Market."
Thursday, September 22, 2011
From DNAInfo: "More than 50 restaurants and 40 wineries will fill Union Square Park on Thursday night to serve up some of the district’s finest food and drinks — and it’s all for a good cause. The 16th annual Harvest in the Square, presented by the Union Square Partnership, invites patrons to taste delicious and exotic dishes, often prepared using ingredients from the Union Square Greenmarket."
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
From NY1: "New Yorkers stampeding through Union Square will notice a new piece of public art A 26-foot-tall bronze elephant, designed by Spanish artist Miquel Barcelo, appears to defy gravity as it balances on its trunk. Barcelo says it is meant to look like a tree from afar, and only when it is seen up close does it look like an elephant."
Sunday, September 11, 2011
From New York Times: "The city’s Department of Transportation has declared its pedestrian plaza on the north side of Union Square, the fourth such major street revamping along Broadway, an out-and-out success, despite some early qualms from residents."
Thursday, August 25, 2011
From Wall Street Journal: "The media have Midtown. The banks have Wall Street. Now tech companies are laying their foundation near Union Square. The emergence of Union Square as a destination for technology firms got its start several years ago. But the neighborhood's tech community received a boost this year with the arrival of household names such as computer giant Apple Inc. and the impending arrival of user-review site Yelp."
Thursday, June 30, 2011
From NY1: "Summer is in full-swing at the newly-renovated Union Square Park. As part of its "Summer in the Square," the Union Square Partnership this year is offering free yoga and running classes as well as a fitness boot camp, theatre, and musical performances. "It doesn't seem like your ideal zen place to do yoga, but I do think it was nice and everyone that came really wanted to be here," said yoga instructor Bryn Chrisman.More
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
From New York Times: "Uptown, art lovers were bidding as much as $38.4 million this week for Andy Warhol’s early paintings. Downtown, where Mr. Warhol reigned for years as a pop artist-provocateur, things were considerably different. Fans of the wraith-like Warhol now have a statue of their man standing in a mini-park, near his former studio at Broadway and 17th."
Thursday, May 12, 2011
From The Villager: "The Union Square Partnership entered 2011 with a thriving retail environment and a record of major accomplishments, including the completion of the plaza at the north end of Union Square Park, new trees on side streets and a new plaza with a chrome-plated statue of Andy Warhol."
Thursday, May 12, 2011
From The Villager: "With a statue of Abraham Lincoln dedicated in 1870, five years after the end of the Civil War, and a place in history as the terminus of the first Labor Day parade (on Sept. 5, 1882), the name of Union Square Park might be supposed to reflect either or both of those events. The origin of the name is far older than either, however, and more prosaic."
Thursday, May 12, 2011
From The Villager: "The Union Square Greenmarket was New York City’s first and it is still the largest of the city’s 62 Greenmarkets. It opened in August 1976 with 10 farmers. Now there are around 140 farmers at Union Square. They sell their wares on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. — vegetables, fruit, flowers, bread, cheese and other dairy products, wine, lavender and much more."
Thursday, March 31, 2011
From New York Times: "Chrome is the new bronze. That’s one of the main lessons of “The Andy Monument,” a glistening semi-accurate sculpture of the Pop artist Andy Warhol. It was unveiled yesterday on the northwest corner of Union Square, amid a small throng that included two surviving Warhol superstars (Taylor Meade and Ultra Violet), friends and colleagues of the artist, art world press and curious passers-by."
Thursday, March 31, 2011
From NY1: "Andy Warhol returns to his old factory. A life-size statue of the pop culture icon is now on display outside what used to be Warhol's studio in Union Square. The nearly 10-foot high chrome monument is standing tall at the pedestrian plaza at Broadway and West 17th Street, outside what used to be Warhol's "Factory" studio during the 1970s and early 1980s."
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
From: The Wall Street Journal: "If it seems like Fredi Sandwich Bar, a new spot in the Union Square area, is homier and more personal than the average restaurant, there's good reason for that. It's a labor of love for a food-obsessed family."
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
From DNAInfo: "A former city official who helped transform Union Square in recent years through his work with the local business improvement district is moving on to Greenwich Village. William Kelley, current director of economic development for the Union Square Partnership, has been tapped to take over as executive director of the Village Alliance business improvement district, it was announced Tuesday."
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Every year, NY1 tries to find one New Yorker whose actions have had a dramatic effect on the city. For 2010, they named Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, whose bike lanes and pedestrian plazas near Union Square and throughout the City are changing the landscape of the Big Apple in a profound way.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
From Streetsblog.org: "One of New York’s great public spaces got much better around the edges with the addition of pedestrian areas on nearby streets. Broadway’s green ribbon now extends all the way from 59th Street to 14th Street, and, to borrow a concept from Project for Public Spaces, Union Square’s outer park has become a fitting link to the inner park, at least on two sides of the square."
Thursday, November 25, 2010
From New York Times describes a Public Art Fund project to be installed in Union Square this spring: "... the New York artist Rob Pruitt chose this bustling area for the Warhol sculpture, called “The Andy Monument.” He had a particular corner in mind, at 17th Street and Broadway, just outside the building that once housed Warhol’s Factory. The sculpture depicts Warhol as he looked in the 1970s, in his signature fright wig, blue jeans and a tweed jacket.More
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
A green roof is often an amenity found in new construction, but after Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his green roof initiative in September, older buildings are working to retrofit their rooftops. One of the first to complete this project is One Irving Place in Union Square.
Monday, November 15, 2010
From Crain's New York Business: "Zeckendorf Towers gets leafy new top billed as the largest in the city; saving money on cooling bills and improving the view at the same time. ... Tower residents share the roof and pass the area to access the complex's amenities, including a gym and a pool. The roof, however, was in need of repair.More
Thursday, September 23, 2010
From The New York Times: "As Mr. Meyer’s restaurant prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary, Union Square is on something of a roll. A $20 million project has reshaped the once-barren north end, and even on the heels of a recession more than two dozen stores, restaurants and bars have opened this year alone on and around the square.More
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
From Streetsblog.org: "One of Manhattan’s premier public spaces is now safer, roomier, and livelier. DOT officially opened its improvements to the Union Square area today, including new pedestrian plazas and a continuation of the Broadway bike lane into a contraflow lane on the north side of the square. Several pieces of the re-design were already in heavy use today.More
Thursday, September 16, 2010
From The New York Times: "On Sunday a dozen innovative sukkahs will go on display for two days in the south plaza of Union Square. Sukkah City will include one shelter made from a single 5,400-foot-long steel cable; another that resembles an inflatable pool toy; yet another made of cardboard signs printed by homeless people — a dozen structures ripe with metaphoric possibilities.More
Sunday, September 12, 2010
From New York Magazine: "A village of high-concept lean-tos is about to sprout in Union Square. The gathering of bulbous and bristling huts, variously built out of rattan, grass, wire, cardboard, hemp, and wooden slats, may resemble a camp for design-conscious refugees...The design competition Sukkah City encouraged its entrants—all 600 of them, from 43 countries—to marry religious tradition with architectural radicalism in the timely form of short-term shelter."
Thursday, September 9, 2010
From Gothamist: "Despite the knee-jerk opposition from local property owners, the DOT is marching forward with big changes to Broadway and Union Square north[...]Here at Gothamist we welcome this bold transformation, particularly because that intersection where Broadway meets 17th Street is exceedingly hairy for pedestrians and cyclists."
Saturday, September 4, 2010
From The New York Post: "...small business owners...are relentlessly fuelling New York's innovative jobs machine...Jeffrey Zurofsky's 'Wichcraft, a chain of 12 fancy sandwich shops and eateries in Manhattan, is a perfect example. Revenues are roughly $17 million today on an annualized basis, up 25 percent from a year ago."
Thursday, August 26, 2010
From Town & Village: "The transformation of Union Square's north end begins this month. The city Department of Transportation will begin implementing pedestrian plaza spaces and traffic changes to the Broadway and East 17th Street corridors that's aimed at improving safety conditions in the Union Square area."
Thursday, August 26, 2010
From The New York Times: "Further uptown at Union Square Park, meanwhile, the filmmaker, actress, writer and artist Miranda July offers more lighthearted works in a show titled Eleven Heavy Things[...]The beauty of Ms. July’s deceptively slight, poetically touching social sculpture is that the pictures people take will circulate among friends and relatives, reach an audience that someone like the magisterial Joseph Beuys could only dream of."More
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
From Real Estate Bisnow: "Union Square hasn’t been immune to the recession, but focusing on completing the park’s north end renovation, keeping sidewalks clean, the district safe, and pedestrian counts at their highest levels has kept the neighborhood healthy, Union Square Partnership executive director Jennifer Falk tells us.More
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
From The Villager: "One of the new NYC Water on The Go six-spigot drinking fountains at Union Square came in handy for multiple H20-seekers last week...Last Friday, at the SpilLover interactive eco-performance in Times Square — in which dancers carried oil-colored water on their heads — performers walked in bare feet in the heat, or performed in prone positions..."
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
From ICSC Shopping Center Today: "After years of waiting for the right real estate opportunity, Nordstrom opened its first New York City store in May...The cachet of the Nordstrom name could give Rack an edge over other discounters in the brand-conscious New York market."
Sunday, June 20, 2010
From The New York Observer's 'Playground:" …Take the subway north to Union Square and you will find an equally intriguing playground—the Union Square Park Playground. The 15,000-square-foot space features futuristic climbing structures; a sandbox with a water-play ledge and fountain to make mud; checkerboard flooring made of interlocking rubber tiles; and a stainless-steel talk tube, where kids can stand on opposite sides of the park and hear one another speak."
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
From Blogue.us: "A public exhibition of one of Blogue’s most favorite artists, Miranda July is on view from May 29 through October 3, 2010 in Union Square Park. The work is absolutely fun and thoughtful and there’s no question New Yorkers of all ages and types will enjoy it."
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
From The Wall Street Journal: "Next in line for an architectural overhaul: the sukkah--the temporary structure built for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot[...]The change comes courtesy of a new design contest, Sukkah City. The 12 finalists who are selected will build their designs in Union Square, where they will be on view from Sept. 19 to 21."
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
From The Villager: "Sisters Lily, 8, and Georgia Hupfel, 11, were the first to experience the new public art exhibit “Eleven Heavy Things” last Friday in Union Square Park, where it will be on view through Oct. 3. The work’s creator, Miranda July, showed the young critics some fun ways to take in the art."
Thursday, May 27, 2010
From Town and Village: "The Union Square Partnership has held its the annual meeting where the following groups were honored for their contributions to the community: NYC Department of Parks & Recreation Architecture Research Office, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Levien & Company, Padilla Construction Services and Hill International.More
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
From The Villager: "The Department of Parks on Tuesday issued its long-awaited request for proposals to operate a seasonal cafe at the Union Square Park pavilion. The R.F.P. says that takeout service for park patrons must be part of the food service, and there is an option to develop a small year-round kiosk in the north plaza of the park with outdoor seating in addition to the pavilion."
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
From The Villager: "The retail renaissance of Union Square continues to unfold. A neighborhood that once conjured up images of a drug-infested park and low-rent, outdated stores has become a major retail destination. And the recent addition of high-profile entrants such as Nordstrom Rack and Best Buy is further cementing the area’s appeal, which includes a newly restored park and the city’s most iconic Greenmarket."
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
From The Villager: "The $20 million redesign of the north end of Union Square Park, which began two years ago, is more than 98 percent complete this week and right on schedule for a formal opening in the next few weeks. “We’ve come a long way,” said Jennifer Falk, executive director of the Union Square Partnership, the business improvement district, or BID, that sponsored the reconstruction in partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation."
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
From The Villager: "On Dec. 3 of last year, hundreds of freshmen students from Parsons The New School held a die-in in Union Square’s then-still-unrenovated northern plaza to mark the 25th anniversary of the Bhopal, India, chemical disaster."
Monday, May 10, 2010
From The New York Times: "After more than a century, Nordstrom, the upscale department store chain from Seattle, will make its Manhattan debut on Tuesday. But don’t expect $4,000 dresses. Expect 25,000 pairs of discounted shoes, and an automated checkout line more at home in a supermarket than a purveyor of luxury goods."
Thursday, May 6, 2010
FromThe Architect's Newspaper: "Hoping to challenge not only New Yorkers’ notions about sukkahs but also the world’s, Joshua Foer has launched Sukkah City for this coming Sukkot. From September 19–21, a dozen experimental sukkahs will be constructed in Union Square Park, created by what Foer anticipates will be a mix of the world’s foremost architects and artists, though the competition is open to anyone, goyim included."
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
From The New York Times: "The board of the New School approved plans on Wednesday evening to build a 16-story, $353 million University Center, the largest construction project in the university’s 91-year history in Greenwich Village."
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
From The Wall Street Journal: "Union Square Park soon may become the place to be for those who fancy fiberglass and outdoor art. Starting May 29, an interactive sculpture series created by indie-darling author, artist and filmmaker Miranda July will be on display."
Saturday, April 24, 2010
From The New York Times: "First the city repurposed Times Square, converting some of its streets to a pedestrian promenade. Similar plans are in store for 34th Street by the Empire State Building. Now Union Square could become the latest Manhattan landmark to gain a pedestrian plaza, the open-air concrete park that is quickly becoming the Bloomberg administration's signature contribution to the streets of New York."
Friday, March 19, 2010
From NY1: "The Parks Department and the Union Square Partnership are officially unveiling a 15000-square-foot playground featuring state-of-the-art equipment [...] "It's a great place for kids and their parents to come," said Manhattan Parks Department Commissioner William Castro."
Friday, March 19, 2010
From DNAinfo: "Spring has sprung at the new 15,000-square-foot playground in Union Square, which was packed Friday with children and their parents. The playground, which officially opened on Jan. 14, is nearly three times the size of the previous play space and features state-of-the-art equipment. It took nearly two years to renovate."
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
From The Villager: "The new, expanded Union Square Park playground opened two weeks ago... [and] word got around quickly to children and parents, who flocked to the space at the north end of the park... “We couldn’t be more thrilled that the Union Square Park’s expanded playground is open,” Jennifer Falk, executive director of the partnership, said. “The kids have given it a huge thumbs up and parents and caregivers have been overwhelmingly positive.”More
Sunday, December 27, 2009
From NY Magazine: "The beautiful, brand-new 15,000-square-foot kiddie Shangri-la pictured here has instantly raised the playground bar citywide. It’s the result of a year and a half of construction... and seemingly endless consultations with learning experts, botanists (to make sure the plants wouldn’t be poisonous), and neighborhood parents. Learn more about the 15 Coolest Features."
Friday, December 11, 2009
From The Villager: "This year has witnessed many milestones in the ongoing renaissance of the Union Square district. While New York City and the nation struggle to break free from this recession, Union Square stands as a rare bright spot and is poised to remain a vibrant neighborhood during these worrisome times."
Monday, November 23, 2009
From Twice.com: New York — Best Buy opened its first 24-hour store in the U.S., a 48,000-square-foot two-story location on Union Square at the corner of East 14th Street and 4th Avenue earlier this month. The store celebrated the grand opening by presenting $5,000 checks to two local non-profit organizations: Union Square Partnership, which will fund a new project in the area, and Safe Horizons.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
From Manhattan Magazine: "The 14th Annual Harvest in the Square event was a delicious treat for the hundreds of foodies that came prepared for a night of unforgettable food, fun, cocktails and music."
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
From Red Val.net: "I love the atmosphere in New York City's Union Square. It's a stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city surrounding it. Unlike the expansive, verdant hole Central Park makes in the middle of the city; Union Square manages to blend a small park, subway entrance, a farmer's market, and an events ground in a compact space between 14th and 17th Streets to the south and north, respectively."
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
From Time Out New York: "Skip your standard snooze-button slap schtick and get out of bed in time to take advantage of these complimentary fitness classes, held all summer long in Union Square. Early birds get the serenity, so to speak, when they catch the 8am yoga class for all skill levels.More
Monday, July 13, 2009
From NY Daily News: "Not in the mood for a DIY walk? Then check out one of these guided group tours led by local experts: Union Square; How did Union Square get its name? Was it the Civil War Union troops or labor rallies that gave NYC's original "village green" its name? Find the answer to this and more during a 90-minute tour of the historical site."
Friday, July 10, 2009
From Broadwayworld.com: "On Thursday July 9th, the cast of "THE TOXIC AVENGER" took to the stage in New York City's Union Square as part of the 2009 "Summer in the Square," a series of events taking place each Thursday through August 13th. The large crowd enjoyed the wonderful weather as they were treated to a few numbers from the award-winning Off-Broadway musical."
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
FromThe Villager: "The $20 million Union Square Park north-end renovation project is right on schedule for its intended completion and opening this fall. The project, being built by the Parks Department and sponsored by the Union Square Partnership business improvement district, will include a new playground three times larger than the current one and a restored pavilion."
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
From The Villager: "Cast members from “Blue Man Group” and “Altar Boyz,” above, are among the performers who have entertained crowds in Union Square at the Summer in the Square series of free outdoor events. Sponsored by the Union Square Partnership, “SITS” also features free yoga classes, music and more."
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
From The Villager: "Chip Wilson opened his first lululemon athletica store nine years ago in Vancouver, British Columbia. One hundred outlets later, lululemon athletica has come to Union Square to sell its high-end athletic wear to men and women. The store’s concept is fit and function, but not at bargain-basement prices. Tops average around $60 and pants $100."
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
From The Villager: "Union Square is New York's ultimate neighborhood destination, home to the city's oldest Greenmarket, the best restaurants and shops and a historic park that serves as an oasis in the midst of a bustling metropolis."
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
From The Villager: "The Landmarks Preservation Commission last week designated the 26-story Consolidated Edison building and tower, built in stages between 1910 and 1929, at 4 Irving Place on E. 14th St., as a city landmark."
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
From The Villager: "The Vineyard Theatre’s 2009 gala attracted more than 250 guests to the Rainbow Room on Monday in a “Celebration of Community” honoring the Union Square Partnership and the beloved and distinguished actress Marian Seldes."
Friday, December 26, 2008
From NY Times: "Union Square Park wasn’t named to honor the labor movement — or the winning side in the Civil War, for that matter. The label has more prosaic origins: when city planners laid out the square in the 1830s, it sat at the union of three major roads, where stagecoaches picked up routes leading to Albany or Boston."
Friday, December 19, 2008
From NY Times: "At the Union Square Holiday Market, now in its 14th year, the products and vendors are as geographically diverse as the city itself. Late in the evening on a mid-November Wednesday, when Union Square was dark and quiet, a mild-mannered, blue-eyed man named Eldon Scott stood near the bronze statue of George Washington with a surveyor’s wheel in his hand and counted out six paces."
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
From The Villager: "When Danny Meyer opened the Union Square Cafe 24 years ago, area rents hovered around $8 per square foot. Today comparable space could rent for up to $400 per square foot. The business dilemma of astronomical rents was one of the issues under consideration on Mon., Nov. 10, at the Union Square Partnership Fall Forum titled, “Spotlight on Commercial Diversity in Union Square.”
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
From The Villager: "More than 1,000 people attended the 13th Annual Harvest in the Square food and wine tasting extravaganza on Sept. 18. The event raised funds to support the beautification and maintenance of and programming for Union Square Park. Attendees dined on fare from more than 40 participating restaurants in the Union Square area."
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
From The Villager: "In the mid-1990s, Washington Irving High School was racked by violence and believed to be a staging ground for gang activity. Area business proprietors wanted to close the school down, and Robert Walsh, then head of the 14th St.-Union Square Business Improvement District — today known as the Union Square Partnership — came looking for volunteers to tackle the problem."
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
From The Villager: "The third and final phase of the Union Square Park reconstruction got underway last month when work began on the north end of the 1839 park. A public-private partnership of the city Department of Parks and Recreation and the Union Square Partnership business improvement district, the estimated $20 million project is the culmination of a park restoration that began in the 1980s when the area south of 16th St.More
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
From The Villager: "Edward Maynard, the general manager of the upscale W Hotel on the northeast corner of Union Square and 17th St., enjoys relating how in 1985 he got bounced from his first hotel job with the Stamford Marriot in Connecticut. After about nine weeks of a 16-week management-training program, the manager told him they were going to drop him from the program."
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
From The Villager: “Gonna take a walk down Union Square. You never know who you’re gonna find there,” sang Lou Reed (from the song, “Run, Run, Run” on “The Velvet Underground & Nico” album) back in the group’s drug-addled prime and when one incarnation of Andy Warhol’s The Factory was located at 860 Broadway on the west side of the square. These days one thing you are sure to find there every Saturday at 2 p.m.More
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
From The Villager: "Jane Chesnutt, editor in chief of Woman’s Day, and Councilmember Rosie Mendez will be this year’s honorees at the Union Square Partnership’s 15th annual Education Program Luncheon on May 19 at the Union Square Ballroom, 27 Union Square West between 15th and 16th Sts."
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
From The Villager: "For the dynamic Union Square district, 2007 marked another major leap forward for the neighborhood’s continuing revitalization. The eclectic energy along 14th St. and around Union Square Park is evident in the area’s rich mix of retail stores and restaurants, Off Broadway and multiplex theaters, museum and exhibition spaces, universities, hospitals and the city’s first and largest Greenmarket."
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
From The Villager: "At the 12th annual Harvest in the Square in Union Square last Thursday, local gourmands enjoyed the offerings of more than 50 restaurants, nine beverage firms and 12 wineries. Above, Jennifer Falk, executive director of the Union Square Partnership business improvement district, sampled the blackberry cabernet sorbetto from Ciao Bella Gelato."
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
From The Villager: "While ninth graders from Washington Irving High School donned gardeners’ gloves and wielded hand spades last week to plant a native garden in Union Square Park, a class of the school’s seniors deliberated over the wisdom of using college loan money for textbooks versus a new pair of Nikes."
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
From The Villager: "Falk is focused on completing north-end renovationIn a May 3 interview with the editorial staff of The Villager, Falk said the plans for the reconstruction, sponsored by the BID in cooperation with the city Department of Parks and Recreation, would go to the Art Commission on June 13, with final approval expected in July."
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
From The Villager: "Last Wednesday, a new recycling program, The Public Space Recycling Pilot, was announced by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty and Councilmember Michael McMahon, chairperson of the Council’s Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management. The program will be a collaboration of the Department of Sanitation with the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Transportation."More
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
From The Villager: "The Union Square Partnership board of directors announced last Thursday that Jennifer Falk, currently first deputy press secretary for Mayor Mike Bloomberg and spokesperson for Dan Doctoroff, deputy mayor of economic development and rebuilding, will be the business improvement district’s new executive director beginning Jan. 3, 2007."
Thursday, March 30, 2006
From NY Sun: "For nearly 170 years, Union Square has been a gathering place for commerce, entertainment, labor, political events, and recreation."
Wednesday, February 8, 2006
From The Villager: "The Union Square Partnership last week elected Danny Meyer and Eric Seiler as co-chairpersons of the partnership board of directors to succeed Eugene R. McGrath, board chairperson for the past seven years."