Union Square

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    Five Arrested During Citywide Marches Supporting Mike Brown, MO Teen Slain By Police

    In 90 cities around the country last night, demonstrators marched in what was dubbed National Moment of Silence 2014 to honor Mike Brown, the teenager killed in Missouri by police last week, as well as other victims of police brutality. The marches were organized online in just four days by Feminist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Danny Meyer's New York Times Op-Ed Proves Indigestible

    OO.ready(function() { OO.Player.create('ooyalaplayer', 'BsMmNkbzpGenWSb4t7Zhu1JIOmclxDpN'); });Please enable Javascript to watch this video Many journalists dream of someday working for the greatest newspaper of them all, the New York Times. Other journalists -- a smaller group, to be sure -- harbo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2014

    Here Are Three Great Cheap Eats in NYC

    We're in the middle of restaurant opening season, and it seems that high-profile new spots are popping their doors open at a breathtaking rate. If you've spent a little too much cash pursuing meals at these newcomers, give your wallet a break. Here are three restaurants offering meals for less than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    Three Restaurants That Opened in NYC This Week

    When one restaurant's doors close, another restaurant's doors open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we'll fill you in on what opened up around town this week. This week: a Philly favorite finds a home in NYC, and an old favorite is back after being revamped.

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    10 Things to Do for Less Than $10 in NYC This Week

    This week we're getting some much-needed fashion advice: Hollywood stylist Rachel Zoe at Barnes & Noble in Tribeca and Elizabeth Cline talks about her new book at the Museum at the Fashion Institute. In other book news, the dudes from the Jesus Lizard discuss their new coffee table book, Book, tonig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    Go Back to Bed, a Busted Water Main Is Already Screwing Up Your Day

    Good morning, everything is all messed up. Around midnight last night on 5th Avenue near 13th street, a water main ruptured, according to the fire department, which caused massive flooding and just a general sense that maybe we should all hit the sheets again and not deal with this shit right this m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Where to Eat Near the Holiday Markets, Christmas Trees, and Skating Rinks

    Unless you're a total Grinch, this can be a pretty magical time of year to be in New York City -- the Big Apple really brings its A-game to decorations, holiday markets, and festive events, and if you can stomach the crowds, it's worth seeking them out so they can tug on your old holiday spirit hear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    What's Happening This Weekend: Autumn Wine Festival, Brew Your Own Belgian, Aperitifs & Digestifs, and John Dory Party

    We're inching closer and closer to Thanksgiving, which means you only have so much free time left before the holiday parties are in full swing. We think that's as good of a reason as any to do something delicious this weekend.

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2013

    I Worked For the Last Virgin Megastore in America

    About a year ago I attended an outdoor screening of the film Empire Records. I hadn't seen the film since long before I worked the final nine months of the Union Square Virgin Megastore's existence and revisiting the film revealed an accurate portrayal of what that record store life was really like. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    Qi Reopens as Qi Esarn Tonight

    On the heels of the Somtum Der opening in the East Village comes another restaurant paying homage to the northeastern Esarn (or Isaan) region of Thailand: The Union Square Qi location closed about a week ago to recast itself as Qi Esarn, and it makes its debut tonight.

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    Ben & Jerry's Co-Founder Ben Cohen Is Stamping His Balls Off to Get Money out of Politics

    Parked on Union Square West, in front of a nondescript NYU dorm, sits a truck painted in primary colors. There's a carnival awning on it. It's high noon, and the shade seems like a nice place to get out of the swelter. A modest crowd is gathered, less frothing political rally and more absent passe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    Birdbath Green Bakery Closes on First Avenue

    City Bakery announced on Sunday it would close its First Avenue location of Birdbath Green Bakery, a 240-square-foot outpost with no signage and just stacks of cookies in the window. Its kitchen had been the home of dough mixing and baking for the entire mini-chain since 2005. But all the baking tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2013

    Bien Cuit Pops Up in Williamsburg, Uri Scheft Opens Breads Bakery in Union Square

    Bakeries-cum-cafes have become a New York staple in recent years. Forget about Belgian chain Le Pain Quotidien. Spots like Runner & Stone, and Bien Cuit have been leading the pack with zucchini sandwiches and plates of duck pastrami. The trend continues as Bien Cuit readies to open a pop up in Willi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    Rao Dines at Atera; Sietsema Revisits Union Square Cafe

    The Voice's Tejal Rao scored a coveted counter seat at Atera, Chef Matthew Lightner's avant garde Tribeca restaurant. The 25 or so courses include sweetbreads with "a barbecue-flavored coating so powerfully sticky that it slows down time, lengthening its gentle flavors, hushing conversation." The V ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    How to Make the Lemony Shrimp Salad from LuLu & Me

    Here's a recipe from LuLu & Me, a charming neighborhood restaurant in Flatiron with a focus on seasonal ingredients. This simple shrimp salad works magic with produce straight from the Union Square Greenmarket. [See More Recipes: Tasty Tailgate Treats | Grilled Cheese Sandwich From The Delicatessen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Where Was I Eating? Grey Dog

    Congratulations to temz. Not only did you get the restaurant name right, but you got the location as well. I was eating at the Grey Dog on University Street over at Union Square. [See Where Else I Ate: Penny Farthing | Babbo Restaurant | Spice Market]

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Where Was I Eating? Union Square Cafe

    [See Where Else I Ate: Ai Fiori | Caracas Arepa Bar | Momofuku Noodle Bar] Congrats to lr3 who guessed Union Square Cafe. This is the yellowfin tuna burger with oozing ginger glaze on a toasted poppyseed bun.

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    How To Stay Safe in New York City: Tips for Women

    Yesterday, the Voice reported that a tourist was raped in her Bronx hotel room. Cops say the perp talked to the victim on train departing from East 14th Street and Union Square. Around 4 a.m., after she had returned to her East Tremont hotel, the alleged assailant knocked on her door. When she open ... More >>

  • Film

    July 11, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Occupy Wall Street Dreams Of A Giant Jam Session May 1

    "Band seeking 1000 guitar players. Other instruments also welcome. Influences include Woody Guthrie, Tom Morello, Willie Nile, and Sergio Ortega." Occupy Wall Street is raising a "Guitarmy." For months, activists have been preparing for May Day, laying plans for teach-ins, bank blockades, marches ... More >>

  • News

    March 28, 2012

    Occupy Spring

    The protests are back and building to a May Day to remember

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Students Rally Against DOE's Proposal to Shut Down Legacy High School

    Yesterday, four electeds who hope to be mayor in 2013 rallied on the steps of City Hall to criticize the current mayor for his policies of closing failing public schools. And last week, a group of electeds -- alongside angry parents and students -- rallied around a new report that says Mike Bloomber ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2012

    Man Killed By L Train This Morning

    via @evgrieve​ A 22-year-old man was hit and killed by an L train heading to Brooklyn at around 8:25 a.m. this morning, the New York Post reported.

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    No Pants Subway Ride Is Over, Put Your Pants Back On

    Of Improv Everywhere's many pranks in public places, perhaps the most well-known repeat prank is the one that brings humanity into the subway, around the world, to remove its pants. The No Pants Subway Ride has been happening since 2002, and we've been taking photos of it since 2006! It happened aga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Our 10 Best Things to Eat at the Union Square Holiday Market

    Lauren ShockeyA super cheesy pretzel makes for fine snacking while shopping​Well, we've saved the best for last. After visiting several of the bigger, non-pop-up holiday markets that have cropped up this season, we can say that the most varied and delicious culinary options can be found at th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    Tomorrow: Our 10 Best Things to Eat at the Union Square Holiday Market

    Lauren ShockeyBreezy Hill Orchard sure makes some cute looking gingerbread men (and women!), but are they tasty enough to make it into the top 10?​Throughout the week we've canvassed the city's holiday markets, looking for edible gifts and tasty snacks. Some have been duds and others have offe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2011

    Chelsea Elliott, Occupy Wall Street Protester Sprayed by Cop, Tells Us What Happened

    Earlier today we posted the video above from USLaw, in which an NYPD officer appears to walk up to a group of cordoned-off Occupy Wall Street protesters (most of them young women) near Union Square and spray them without warning with a can of pepper spray or possibly mace. They drop to the ground s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Michael Sailstorfer's Tornado Coming to Central Park Through February

    Steven ThrasherSailstorfer's 30 foot sculpture being installed​ Joining that newly installed elephant in Union Square in the city's gallery of public art, there's a similarly scaled sculpture we noticed being erected in the south part of Central Park over the weekend, just across the street fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    As Irene's Devastation Continues to Play Out, Consider Helping a Farmer

    Amy Colyer Fogerty​As we reported earlier this week, Hurricane Irene wreaked devastation upon numerous upstate farms, causing massive destruction to cropland and in many cases irreversible damage.

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Dish No. 73, Ma Po Tofu at Ennju

    ​What happens when a Japanese cook reinterprets a Sichuan standard? Go to Ennju to find out. Spicy food has lately become more popular in Japan, where not too long ago, chili heat was limited to green shisito peppers or the red flakes in togarashi. But gradually, spiciness has been worming i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    A New Report Says Cops Really Like Ticketing the Forsyth Street Produce Vendors

    Urban Justice Center​If you thought the city was giving food-truck drivers a hard time, consider the plight of Forsyth Street's fruit and vegetable vendors.

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Carmen Quagliata of the Union Square Cafe on American Food and the Great Hamburger-Hot Dog Debate

    Photo courtesy Carmen QuagliataCarmen Quagliata: Loves pasta, hates snails​New York City isn't short on American restaurants, so figuring out who to interview for Americana Week was tricky. But the Union Square Cafe, Danny Meyer's first venture, fits the bill, having witnessed changes in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Oh, Happy Day: You Can Now Buy Beer at the Greenmarket

    apol3/FlickrBeer: a golden halo around your Greenmarket experience​ Wonderful as the arrival of ramps and asparagus to the farmers' market may be, the sad fact remains that they will not make you drunk. So there is reason to rejoice: Tomorrow, for the first time ever, you will be able to buy b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Num Pang to Add a Second Location Next Month

    Sarah DiGregorioThis is why Num Pang is expanding.​2010 was not the best year for Ratha Chaupoly: in August, he closed Kampuchea and replaced it with Bun & Co., only to close it four months later. But 2011 seems to have gotten off to a better start, as Chaupoly will open a second location of N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Bobby Flay On Becoming Famous; Jerry Della Femina Sells Resto Out of Fear of Democrats

    ​Yum! Brands, which owns fast-food chains KFC and Taco Bell, earned less than expected in the first quarter, while Chipotle beat expectations. [Forbes] Fabio Parasecoli, coordinator of the New School's Food Studies program, was in Union Square teaching a "pop up" college course on local and s ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 23, 2011


    But not too hard, OK?

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2011

    Libyan Rebels Take Control Near Tripoli; Tunisian Prime Minister Steps Down; Taxi Passenger Crashes Cab (Sunday Links)

    via Gothamist‚ÄčThe Libyan uprising has "reached the capital's doorstep": anti-government forces have taken a town 30 miles from Tripoli, the capital. Yesterday, the U.N. approved sanctions against Libya and President Obama said that Moammar Qaddafi should step down. [NYT] Mohammed Ghannouchi, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Red Jacket Orchards' Tart Cherry Stomp

    Rebecca Marx​True, pickings at the Greenmarket are relatively slim these days, unless you're a root vegetable fanatic or eat a lot of free-range, antibiotic-free turkey. But while fruit season may still be far, far away, Red Jacket Orchards is fortunately eternal, and their Tart Cherry Stomp i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    New York City Commuters Are Getting Existential

    Subway Art Blog via Blake Martz​It's been a while since our last post applauding awesome New York signage, but here we are again! We especially like this one -- posted on Subway Art Blog today after being noticed by an observant city dweller at Union Square -- for its literary origins. Recogni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Souvlaki GR Will Open a Restaurant in the LES

    newyorkstreetfood.comSoon you'll get seating with your souvlaki​Souvlaki GR, arguably the best Greek mobile food purveyor around (and 2010 Vendy winner for Best Rookie Truck) will soon be expanding its stomping grounds from Midtown, Union Square, and SoHo to the Lower East Side with its first ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday

    Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ... Vict ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    The Union Square Holiday Market's Edible Delights

    Hansel and Gretel Would Approve​ Now that Thanksgiving is officially over, it's time to start holiday shopping, and what better place for gifts than at the Union Square Holiday Market. Yes, it's just as crowded as Wal-Mart come five a.m. on Black Friday, but hey, at least the snacking options ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    This Protesting Vietnam Thing Is Getting Serious

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. December 30, 1965, Vol. XI, No. 11 Four Indicted for Burning Draft Cards Four young draft-card burners were indicted last week for violating a Federal statute that makes it illegal to mutilate a draft card. They face a maximum of five ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2009

    Booze 'n Bribes Inspectors Accused of Taking Applebee's Meals in Exchange for Speedy Liquor Licenses

    Robert De Niro is taking Nobu to Russia, with a new location set to open in Moscow. Chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa says he's looking forward to creating Russian dishes with local caviar and seafood. [Bloomberg] The Wall Street Journal looks at high-end BYOB restaurants, like Alto and The Modern, and repor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Bad Vibes: "Healer" Thrown Out of Union Square

    For more than three years now, "crystal healer" and "spiritual activator" Angel Almodovar has been peddling rocks and remedies across from Whole Foods in Union Square Park. And he never had a problem really, until last Saturday when he claims NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe and five parks polic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2008

    Bees without Borders: Update

    Bees Without Borders now has a website. Andrew Coté, the beekeeper behind the program, will be selling his honey this Wednesday at the Union Square greenmarket. Stop by for a taste and to hear more about his upcoming travels.

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2007

    National Mobilization Against the War

    On Saturday, concerned patriots will take to the streets of eleven cities across the nation as part of United for Peace and Justice's National Day of Mobilization against the war. The New York march begins at 23rd Street, where people will gather starting at noon, and ends at Foley Square near City ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2007

    Reverend Billy's First Amendment Arrest

    The NYPD hasn't had much to say about the arrest of the Rev. Billy for reciting the First Amendment through a bullhorn at the Critical Mass gathering at Union Square last Friday. But Billy and Norman Siegal, the civil rights attorney, say its a false arrest, and the second degree harassment charg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2006

    Cop Site: Where Is Sharpton Now?

    Take a peek today at NYPD Rant, a self-billed gathering ground for law enforcement/military types with an ax—or several axes—to grind. One of its December 8 posts, "Savages Brawl in Union Square," crystallizes the complaint, at least from one sector of the Finest, with African American l ... More >>

  • More >>