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    April 10, 2014

    An Early Taste of Chalk Point Kitchen, Now Open in Soho

    Be forewarned: If you're planning to eat at Chalk Point Kitchen (527 Broome Street, 212-390-0327) in these early days of its existence, you'll need a reservation -- when we showed up yesterday, wandering in through its SoHo entrance sometime around 6 p.m., even the bar seats were booked. And though ... More >>

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    March 24, 2014

    The 10 Best Greenmarket Restaurants in NYC

    Nothing makes us happier than traipsing through a Greenmarket in full swing (we've been known to skip as well) checking out the rhubarb, fresh lettuces, asparagus, and, of course, ramps peppering vendors' tented tables. And while our frolicking inevitably leads to some great purchases, we'd much pr ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    Cronut Hole Concretes, Harvest in the Square, Swedish Chef Talk, Fast Times at Ridgemont High Beer Dinner: The Week Ahead

    If football kept you on the couch this past weekend, you missed out on some ridiculously tasty events. Not to worry, this is New York, and there's something going on at all times if you know where to look. Here's what's happening this week.

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    August 5, 2013

    The 10 Best (Real) Farm-to-Table Restaurants in NYC

    At this point, the farm-to-table-buzzword craze has largely subsided, and that restaurateurs and chefs find ways to thoroughly integrate the locavore ethic into their kitchens is not so much an exception as it is a rule. Still, there's a difference between adding a few token Greenmarket ingredients ... More >>

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    March 26, 2013

    Monster Hot Dog Spotted at Union Square

    Find it at Adel's Halal cart on the east side of Union Square. FiTR has expressed more than a passing interest in hot dogs and all their permutations around the city, so when we discover a new one, we can't wait to tell you about it. Stumbling out of the Beth Israel Medical Center at Union Square ... More >>

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    February 9, 2013

    Snowpocalypse NYC! The City Digs Out

    Two bikes and a basketful of snow New York City lucked out with only 8 to 11 inches of snow, but the wind caused it to pile up in drifts, making it more difficult to trudge through the relentless white. Nevertheless, buses were up and running by noon, the Greenmarket at Union Square was doing busi ... More >>

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    January 31, 2013

    Union Square Greenmarket in Winter

    Deals are to be had on designer garlic. Austere are the pleasures of area farmers' markets in winter, and the mother of them all, the Union Square Greenmarket, is no exception. The number of vendors has shrunk by about half, as have the number of pedestrians making their way through the L-shaped p ... More >>

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    November 13, 2012

    Greenmarket Returns to Union Square After Sandy

    Since Sandy, the overwhelmingly abundant Union Square Greenmarket has been closed down (and infiltrated by) swarms of Con Ed workers and other utility professionals. Reports now suggest that the market will reopen this week. Grab your reusable tote bags -- it's shopping time.

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    October 31, 2012

    Sandy Relief: Con Edison Distributes Dry Ice; Water Fountains in Manhattan

    Con Edison will distribute dry and wet ice to six locations this afternoon for those without power. Dry ice can be used to cool frozen foods that might be rotting in refrigerators without power. See Con Ed's safety guidelines here.

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    October 26, 2012

    Our 10 Best Things To Eat Around Union Square

    Katsudon--the perfect autumn lunch 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. Some joints are small, others can accommodate ... More >>

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    October 25, 2012

    Tommorow: Our 10 Best Things To Eat Around Union Square

    Will Pizza Bash, on the east side of the square, make the cut? If judgments were based on sidewalk statuary alone, they certainly would win. Twenty years ago, you wouldn't have recognized Union Square. Instead of students sunning themselves, there were sketchy characters selling loose joints. Inst ... More >>

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    October 25, 2012

    Tommorow: Our 10 Best Things to Eat Around Union Square

    Will Pizza Bash, on the east side of the square, make the cut? If judgments were based on sidewalk statuary alone, it certainly would win. Twenty years ago, you wouldn't have recognized Union Square. Instead of students sunning themselves, there were sketchy characters selling loose joints. Instea ... More >>

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    October 24, 2012

    Union Square Café Revisited

    At Union Square Café, your meal begins with a bread basket, butter with herbed sea salt, and picholine olives. As Danny Meyer increasingly focuses his attention on an expanding Shake Shack empire, seeding locations up and down the Eastern Seaboard, you've got to wonder, is he still paying attenti ... More >>

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    August 27, 2012

    There's a New Teriyaki Joint Near Union Square

    Chicken thigh teriyaki at Glaze Fourth Avenue just south of Union Square may be poised to become a new restaurant row. Opening right next door to Dos Toros last Thursday, Glaze specializes in Japanese teriyaki, displaying a similar narrowness of focus to its burrito-loving neighbor. With a small p ... More >>

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    August 10, 2012

    Who Will Run Washington Square, Union Square Parks? (UPDATE)

    Some are now reporting that Becky Ferguson, administrator of Washington Square and Union Square Parks, is leaving her position. As mentioned in The Villager, "Becky Ferguson has left her job as administrator of not just Washington Square Park but also Union Square Park for a plum position with the ... More >>

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    July 30, 2012

    The Story of Tlaycoyos

    Patty's Taco Truck's fully loaded tlaycoyo Tlaycoyo, from an Nahuatl Indian word, is a central Mexican street food consisting of an oblong slab of masa dough that has been stuffed with a layer of crushed beans and cooked on a comal - a flat or sometimes slightly concave griddle.

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    July 30, 2012

    Mountain Sweet Berry Farm Sells Tristar Strawberry Sorbet

    The sorbet is made for Mountain Sweet by DiCosmos Italian Ices of Queens, according to the sign. When I hit the Union Square Greenmarket this past Saturday, Mountain Sweet Berry Farm was not selling Tristar Strawberries, but they were selling Tristar Strawberry sorbet, made from their fruit by a ... More >>

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    July 18, 2012

    At Con-Ed Lockout Protest, Unions Embrace Class War

    The Con Edison lockout of 8,500 workers is now well into its third week, and there doesn't appear to be any end is in sight. Negotiations between the utility giant and members of the Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2 resume today, but sources inside the negotiations say so recent talks ha ... More >>

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    July 9, 2012

    Introducing the Onion Crunch Dog

    Egad! What's that on my Shofar kosher frank? [See More Flash in the Pan: Burger King's Bacon Sundae Revealed] You figure the formula used for street dogs has been the same for hundreds of years, right? An overboiled frank, squirt of grainy mustard, and steaming forkful of kraut or suspiciously ma ... More >>

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    July 2, 2012

    Confessions of an Herb Thief

    The beguiling display of herbs in front of the Spotted Pig includes fennel (with fennel pollen tops), rosemary, and lavender. Fresh herbs are indispensible to many types of cooking - Tuscan, Californian, Vietnamese, and French spring to mind, to name just a few. Using dried herbs shaken from bottl ... More >>

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    June 12, 2012

    What To Look for in the Farmers' Markets This Week

    The first crops of summer squash from south and mid-Jersey have arrived. This is one of the most exciting weeks in the farmers' markets, because the late spring and early summer crops have started to tumble in.

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    May 19, 2012

    What To Look for in the Farmers' Markets This Weekend

    Thick meaty rhubarb is available in abundance. Several products have recently debuted for the season in the Union Square Greenmarket, and will be generally available this weekend and in the coming week. Bright red and much thicker than the specimens seen last week, rhubarb is a welcome harbinger o ... More >>

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    May 7, 2012

    First Strawberries of the Season Appear at Farmers' Markets

    Fiendishly expensive, but they are the first Spring strawberries from local sources appeared for the first time this season in the Union Square Greenmarket. Priced at $4.50 per pint, the price was steep, but the fruit proved sweet and juicy, so good you wouldn't dare use them in a pie or in jams.

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    May 1, 2012

    Union Square Undergoing Massive Barricading By NYPD In Advance of OWS Rally

    As we just shared on our live blog of today's OWS May Day events, Voice writer Robert Sietsema has confirmed that while much of the OWS activity is happening in Bryant Park, Union Square is undergoing a massive barricading effort by the NYPD. Robert wrote to us that: "I don't think I've ever seen s ... More >>

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    April 28, 2012

    Lilac Boughs Bloom in the Greenmarkets Today

    Eight dollars gets you a branch of freshly cut lilacs -- better than bathroom deodorizer. Despite temps that hovered around 42 degrees in the morning, Greenmarkets in the city were thronged today with cold-weather-weary visitors. For gardeners and their window-box-tilling cousins, there were sets ... More >>

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    April 6, 2012

    Occupy Wall Street Escalates The Battle For Union Square

    The Battle for Union Square continues. The branch of Occupy Wall Street protesters who have colonized Union Square for the past three weeks continue their nightly standoff with the New York Police Department, which each night deploys more than fifty officers to clear the park and stand guard along ... More >>

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    March 26, 2012

    Occupy Union Square: The Evolution Of A New Protest Camp

    When the NYPD again forcefully evicted Occupy Wall Street from Zuccotti Park more than a week ago, many of those who weren't arrested marched north, leading police on a winding course that finally ended at around 2 a.m. in Union Square. Most of the protesters went home after that, but a handful sta ... More >>

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    March 24, 2012

    OWS Marches Against Police Brutality

    Following last week's Occupy Wall Street action that brought the movement back into the streets and the news, protesters marched against police brutality from Zuccotti Park to Union Square today. As with last week the Voice's Nick Pinto is out in the streets following the activity. You can read his ... More >>

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    March 21, 2012

    Trayvon Martin Rally In Union Square Leads to Massive March

    It was not the promised presence of people wearing hoods that first got our attention at tonight's rally, but the Skittles. We were a bit skeptical when we arrived at the Trayvon Martin rally in Union Square and saw a hollering woman tossing bags of Skittles out at the audience. People were grabbin ... More >>

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    March 2, 2012

    Happy Hour at Revival

    ​ Because of its extremely convenient location right off of Union Square, Revival is the perfect meet-up spot for happy hour drinks.

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    December 16, 2011

    This Week's Specials: Clammy Sammies

    And now, a look back at what was on the menu here at Fork in the Road this week.Balls on buns, at the Union Square Holiday Market. ​ Lauren Shockey satisfies her yearning for yuletide eats with this week's listing -- Our 10 Best Things to Eat at the Union Square Holiday Market. Robert Sietse ... More >>

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    December 5, 2011

    The Q Train Loves You and Wants You to Be Happy

    ​The Q train would like to remind you that love is possible, and that it will happen to you, even you! This hopeful memo seen en route from Union Square to Brooklyn this Saturday may be the loveliest thing anyone has ever said to us -- via Post It note, on public transportation, anyway.

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    November 26, 2011

    Farmers' Markets Undergoing Seasonal Shrinkage

    Perfect multihued cauliflowers from Kernan Farms of Bridgeton, New Jersey, at the Abingdon Square Saturday market. This is their last week till spring, also at their St. Marks Church (Tuesday) location. While Thanksgiving marks the start of the Christmas shopping season, it also marks something so ... More >>

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    November 19, 2011

    Union Square Holiday Market Now Open, Park Smells Like Cinnamon

    Now in its eighteenth year, the Union Square Holiday Market opened yesterday--a week before Black Friday. The "Christmas episode" of the year-round Greenmarket features wares from local knickknackeries. Neighborhood fixtures like Wafels and Dinges are there, as are unusual businesses like the one sp ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    Did You Use a Chase ATM Near Union Square in January or May?

    Not a Chase ATM, though we'd probably avoid this one.​Two men have been arrested and face charges "including burglary, criminal possession of forgery devices, and larceny," reports the New York Times, for installing devices in card slots of 11 ATMs at four different Chase locations around Unio ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011

    22-Year-Old Woman Punches the Crap Out of Her Subway Groper

    The alleged groper​What would you do if some person came up to you as you minded your own business on the subway platform as you waited for your train and lifted your skirt, rubbed your thigh, and groped you? Would you run away, scream, call the cops, take his picture? Would you be paralyzed a ... More >>

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    October 7, 2011

    NYPD Passing out "Gear Guards," Marking Phones with Invisible Ink for Straphangers

    Is your gear protected? Your phone marked with invisible ink? In response to increased crime on trains, NYPD officers have been passing out "gear guards" at various subway stations this week to make sure passengers' backpacks and purses are safe from pick pocketing thieves.

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    October 4, 2011

    Art in Odd Places Is Happening on 14th Street: An Interview With One of the Artists

    Art in Odd Places is an annual New York City exhibit featuring artists, doing, well, art in odd places. This year (the sixth in New York), the theme focuses on ritual, with 70 artists taking over 14th street from October 1st through the 10th to do hour-long projects on that theme each day. The goal ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    Union Square Subway Station Now Boasts the World's Largest Linear Digital Zoetrope

    Tonight at 7 p.m. at the Union Square subway station, in a temporarily vacant retail space just down the stairs below the Food Emporium at 14th Street and 4th Avenue, Professor Joshua Spodek and his students will officially unveil "Union Square in Motion," an interactive art installation considered ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    Cast In Concrete #2: Meet Dan Bellen And The Hare Krishnas

    Cast In Concrete tracks Vijith Assar as he records the musical offerings of New York City's street musicians. ​ Who: Dan Bellen And The Hare Krishnas When: 6/8/11, about 6:15pm Where: Union Square Scorcher of a day out at the Union Square Greenmarket, which is the best I can do by way of exp ... More >>

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    August 2, 2011

    Heirloom Tomatoes Invade the Farmers' Markets in a Big Way

    ​Heirloom tomatoes are currently available at nearly one-third of the stands at the Union Square Greenmarket. Two weeks ago, it was hard to find an heirloom tomato in the city's farmers' markets. Sure, there were plenty of hothouse tomatoes from New York and north Jersey, and plenty of field ... More >>

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    July 11, 2011

    Help Make Union Square's George Washington Statue Look Like a Tourist

    ​Public artist Leon Reid IV wants to turn Union Square's classical equestrian statue of George Washington -- you know, our first American president, that guy with the wig, on the horse -- into just another subway-map-gazing, fanny-pack-wearing, camera-toting tourist. At least it's a tourist on ... More >>

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    June 22, 2011

    Union Square Park Not Completely Clean After All

    Esther Zuckerman​The New York Post reported Monday that "law and order" has returned to Union Square Park by way of tough love from the NYPD. Because the claim seemed a little hyperbolic, we went to the park around 7 p.m. Tuesday to check things out. Although the park's stretch known as "Metha ... More >>

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    May 16, 2011

    Is Union Square Park the Hot New Druggy Crime Spot?

    ​The New York Post has an old-fashioned "Isn't NYC going to hell?"-type piece today regarding Union Square Park, a/k/a, "Methadone Alley," a "lawless city within a city" filled with addicts and pervs and criminals. Specifically, they're talking about the path on the East Side of the park that' ... More >>

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    April 29, 2011

    Ramp-O-Rama at Farmers' Markets This Weekend

    ​This is what Rapunzel's mom sold her out for? They've been showing up in dribs and drabs for the last week, but ramps will be available in quantity at this weekend's farmers' markets. Count on at least three or four stalls to have substantial quanitities at Union Square, including stalwarts ... More >>

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    December 8, 2010

    Locals Pissed at Proposed Union Square Pavilion Restaurant

    BNO designThe new Union Square pavilion? Maybe not...​Apparently, not everyone is happy about the Parks Department's plan to convert the Union Square pavilion into a seasonal restaurant. Washington Square News reports that neighbors are against the idea, in part because converting the space in ... More >>

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    December 3, 2010

    Walgreens Finds New Adjective for Focaccia

    ​ Spotted last night at the Union Square Walgreens. We've never really thought of focaccia as "elegant," but then we never expected to find it at a drugstore, either. Have a tip or restaurant-related news? Send it to

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    November 16, 2010

    The Time to Deck the Halls is Upon Us as Holiday Markets Return

    urbandspacenyc/flickrIt's a blur market.​It's about to begin looking a lot like Christmas and Hanukkah up in this piece. The annual holiday markets at Union Square and Columbus Circle are set to return this Friday, November 19 and December 1, respective, and both will stay open through Decembe ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009

    I, Locavore: Pumpkin Whoopie Pie

    ​ The whoopie pie, two cake-like chocolate cookies buffering a cream filling, is a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition. The story goes that the treats got their exuberant name because Amish wives would place them in their husband's lunch boxes; when the men discovered them, they would shout "whoopie! ... More >>

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