In The News
Foot traffic, new retail spur commercial activity
From The Villager: Union Square’s central location has made the neighborhood a natural retail hub. Over the last year, the area has drawn high numbers…
Fitness, food, fun: Free programs have it all
From The Villager: Union Square is known for its abundance of events, workshops and activities — and this year, there’s even more on the way.
Smooth operator keeps district safe and sightly
From The Villager: No matter what time of day you are in Union Square, you are bound to see a lot of activity: people walking to work…
The TAMIs are coming: Tech and media drive commercial leasing
From The Villager: Besides their widespread success in online media, they have joined the growing number of technology, advertising, media and information (TAMI) companies…
The epicenter of wellness, tech, media and more
From The Villager: Over the last four decades, the Union Square Partnership has worked tirelessly to bring about positive change within the Union Square-14th St. district.
As Memories of Chat ‘n Chew Fade, Little Sal’s Announces Its Imminent Arrival in Union Square
From Eater: Owner Andrew Silverman has promised that the new restaurant “will be a home-style, culinary driven neighborhood Italian joint.”
Dylan’s Candy inks lease amid changes on Union Square West
From The Real Deal: The trendy sweets purveyor Dylan’s Candy Bar signed a long-term
lease on Union Square West, a stretch that has five other spaces quietly on the market that will transform the character of the blocks.
Harvest in the Square raises $334,000 for park
From Town & Village: Community residents and local restaurateurs came out in full force last Thursday night to celebrate the impending arrival of fall at Union Square’s…
NYC: New Retail Concepts Emerge in Union Square
From Bisnow: Midtown South—one of the hottest office markets in the US—sprouted in and around Union Square, and with it came surging retail demand.
The Best Parks In NYC For Kids
From New York Family: This town-square-turned-city-park is home to many festivities and celebrations in the Union Square area. It’s also a popular spot for families due to their wonderful playground offerings!
Union Square Playground Closes for Three Weeks of Repairs
From DNAinfo: The playground in Union Square closed Monday for up to three weeks of repairs…
Plans for a Restaurant in Union Square Park Move Ahead
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.
Mashable HQ to move to L&L’s 114 Fifth Avenue
From The Real Deal: Mashable has struck a deal to move its headquarters to L&L Holding’s 114 Fifth Avenue, The Real Deal has learned.
The de Blasios: Dressed for (and by) New York
From The New York Times: Bill de Blasio Relies on New York Fashion Names, Like Rothmans
All’onda, the Italian Restaurant New York Has Been Waiting For, Opens Tonight
From Eater: In a matter of hours, Chris Jaeckle and Chris Cannon — AKA Chris Squared — will open All’onda, a new Italian restaurant on 13th Street that will offer the people of New York City a ray of sunshine on this gloomy Monday.
The Red Door Spa: Now Faster Than a New York Minute
From Style: Leave it to storied beauty brand Elizabeth Arden, whose first Red Door salon opened in 1910 on Fifth Avenue, to keep up with the modern woman by offering speed services at its new Union Square location.
Reebok retail muscles into 1 Union Square West
From The Real Deal: Reebok is planting a footprint in Union Square with a new concept store and workout space that will replace jeans retailer Diesel.
Classic New York for the holidays
From USA Today: No doubt New York is exciting, but the city really comes alive during the holiday season. Through Dec. 24, UrbanSpace’s Holiday Market will set up shop in Union Square, with over 100 booths designed to mirror the traditional pop-up shops in Northern Europe.
MasterCard mulling charge into new space
From Crain’s: The plastic giant is seen inking a lease for a 60,000-square-foot tech lab at 114 Fifth Ave., in the heart of the midtown south market, which is chockablock with technology and creative firms.
Ridership surging for Citi Bike
From New York Post: “Union Square is the most popular area for Citi Bike, with three of the city’s busiest docking stations, including one on 17th Street and Broadway.”
Tammany Hall Named An Official NYC Landmark
From New York Daily News: A week before election day, the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to landmark the Tammany Hall building on Union Square East.
Mount Sinai Merger with Beth Israel, St. Luke’s Creates New Hospital Giant
From DNAinfo: MANHATTAN — It’s official: Mount Sinai Medical Center and Continuum Health Partners announced Monday the completion of their merger, creating New York City’s largest hospital network.
A Real Estate Exec Comes Full Circle
From GlobeSt.com: "Little did Jennifer Falk know that she would eventually be director of the Union Square Partnership, but her career has made a huge, interesting arc."
Key Wilde and Mr Clarke Play Free Concert in Union Square Today
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."
Sports Bars Go Upscale
From Crain’s New York: "The Royal in Union Square opened earlier this year with a menu that includes crabcake sliders and pulled-pork burgers."
DJ Legend Grandmaster Flash Performs at W Hotel
From The New York Observer: "It was half past midnight when Grandmaster Flash retired from his turntable to a steaming cup of tea at the Union Square W Hotel."
Union Square Monuments Get Cleaned Ahead Of Independence Day
From CBS New York: "New York City wants to make sure some of its monuments are ready for Independence Day celebrations."
Laurie Berkner to perform on June 27 at Summer in the Square
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."
At long last, Union Square to sprout an eatery
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.”
AT&T to Introduce Solar-Powered Charging Stations
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.”
Greenmarket to Gotham: A New Look at Union Square’s Greenmarket
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.”
The Ruins of Old Union Square
Scouting New York looks at the preserved remains of the original
1904 Union Square subway station that is on display within the station itself.
History Puts ‘Mountain Men’ in Union Square
From BizBash: “On June 6, the mountains came to Manhattan. History built a forest in the middle of Union Square to promote the second-season premiere of its television show, Mountain Men.”
This Mission-Style Burrito Chain Is Taking Over New York City
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.”
Clarion Scoops Up NYC’s 100-104 Fifth Ave for $230M
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.”
From Time Out New York: “Director Anne Kauffman’s production is impeccable. She brings her clinical eye and ear to the task of staging this thoroughly quirky fantasia, keeping it grounded in plausible emotions while obeying its formal rigor.”
Olé! Wanda Barcelona’s ‘Fantastico’ Celebrates ICFF
From Media Bistro: “The W New York Hotel Union Square helped ICFF celebrate its 25th anniversary with an exotic installation imported from Spain.”
The Early Word on Hot Latin Newcomer ABC Cocina
From Eater: “The reviews are already streaming in for one of the hottest new restaurants in the city right now, and so far the early word is almost all good.”
Union Square Expands Free Wi-Fi
From DNAinfo: “The Wi-Fi will continue to be free of charge to guests after the upgrade. A sponsorship from Beth Israel Medical Center funded the new Union Square service.”
Better WiFi Coming to Union Square
From WNYC: “Starting this June, 3,000 people will be able to access the free wireless connection in Union Square at the same time. That’s up from just 250 people today.”
High tech makes life in square a bit easier, tidier
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."
See Jaehyo Lee’s Elegant Pilar of Korean Pine in Union
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.”
Jake Gyllenhaal’s presence at SoulCycle prompts sold-out classes
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.”
New York’s Hyatt Union Square aims to please the sophisticated urban traveller
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.”
‘Clothing Swap’ Party Lets New Yorkers Trade Designer Duds in Union Square
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”
‘Murder Ballad’ to Sing Again in Union Square
From The New York Times: "Murder Ballad,” a rock musical by Julia Jordan and the singer-songwriter Juliana Nash, will return for nine weeks at the Union Square Theater, starting May 7."
‘The Sports Bra Challenge’ to promote confidence among women in NYC
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."
A Red Door Spa will open in Union Square
From Crain’s New York Business: "Elizabeth Arden Inc. is constructing a Red Door Spa at 200 Park Ave. South the former home of menswear store Rothman’s."
Now You Can Get Your Scotch & Soda Fixed in Union Square
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."
Crosstown Bike Lanes Set to Connect Union Square to Hudson River Park
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.”
Joe’s Pizzeria expands family business to Union Square
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."
The Most Inoffensive Fro-Yo In Union Square Today
From the BlackBook: "Low-calorie, self-serve, and Kosher-certified, Off the Wall’s new spot offers 16 flavors on tap, including their hit signatures, such as blueberry muffin, sea salt caramel, and peanut butter blast"
The Master Fish Butcher of Tokyo’s Union Square
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.”
The battleship of Union Square: How a 200ft boat ended up in the middle of Union Square
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.”
The Produce Savant
From ‘The Product Savant‘ blog spot: "Some dismal weather last week had me yearning for the Union Square Farmers Market in its Spring and Summer glory."
The battleship of Union Square: How a 200ft boat ended up in the middle of Union Square
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."
On Cusp of Spring, Union Square Hotter Than Ever!
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."
Clintons Share Romantic NYC Date
From the New York Post: "The couple were also spotted
later in the day “looking sweet and holding hands while walking through Union Square…"
Feeling hot, hot, hot! Union Sq. hotter than ever!
From The Villager: "The Union Square Partnership is working harder than ever to keep the district clean and in tiptop shape…"
The 25 Hippest Hotels in New York (#18-25)
The Jade Hotel and the W New York – Union Square were both featured in Bis Now’s
list of the ‘25 Hippest Hotels in New York’