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    July 29, 2014

    Are High Rents Pricing Manhattan's High-End Restaurants Out of the Market?

    Celebrity chef Bobby Flay closed his Fifth Avenue restaurant Mesa Grill last year, laying to rest a landmark that, when it fired up its burners in 1991, was the only destination restaurant in an area dominated by garment factories. In Februrary, Keith McNally shuttered Pastis, a Meatpacking Distric ... More >>

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    May 23, 2014

    Here Are the Five Best Memorial Day Weekend Food Events in NYC

    Not fighting the traffic or beach crowds this three-day weekend? Make the most of sticking around the city by taking advantage of what's cooking up around town.

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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 8, 2013

    MYSTERY SOLVED: Who Is The Author Behind The Most Beautiful Craigslist Missed Connection of All Time?

    Craigslist is menagerie of oddities both gorgeous and grotesque. You can find anything on there: fan fiction about your favorite band, a record store, organs, a baby, certain death, even love.

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    August 8, 2013

    Photographic Evidence of Just How Much New Yorkers on the Street Still Love Anthony Weiner

    A reader took a picture of a man standing in Union Square last night holding a sign reading "Anthony Weiner AKA Carlos Danger is #1." #1 in relation to what, you might ask? Oh, I get it. It's a metaphor.

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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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    March 22, 2013

    The 10 Best Wine Stores in Manhattan

    Declaring New York's top ten wine shops proved even harder than counting the city's finest bowls of ramen. The number of high-quality wine retailers at our disposal is an embarrassment of vinous riches, and the abundance of stellar shops forced me to draw up separate lists for Manhattan and Brooklyn ... More >>

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    February 4, 2013

    Overcrowded Subway Stations? MTA Says 'Shut 'Em Down (Maybe)'

    If you can't beat them, give up and lock everyone else out. We have all seen/felt the horrors of subway congestion. That time around 5 or 6pm, when it seems like everyone in the world wants to go exactly where you're going, and every crevice at said station is packed beyond despair. And that moment ... More >>

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    November 14, 2012


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  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    Where Was I Eating? Babbo Restaurant

    [See Where Else I Ate: Union Square Cafe | Ai Fiori | The Modern] A big congratulations to phoebey who guessed Babbo Restaurant.

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    August 28, 2012

    Where Was I Eating? The Modern

    [See Where Else I Ate: Union Square Cafe | Ai Fiori] Congratulations to JonDoe who guessed the The Modern.

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    August 28, 2012

    Say Hello To Meli, Glaze Teriyaki Grill

    Meli, a new Greek restaurant, just opened in Murray Hill. Menu highlights include a charcoal-grilled octopus ($18) with roasted peppers, onions and capers, as well as roasted baby beets with feta skordalia ($10) and raki-cured salmon ($16) served with shoestring potatoes. Glaze Teriyaki Grill ope ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    Where Am I Eating?

    [See Where Else I Ate: Union Square Cafe | Ai Fiori] It's time to play Where Am I Eating?, Fork in the Road's weekly restaurant photo guessing game. Take a look at the photo below, name the spot that serves the pictured dish, and leave your guesses in the comment sections. (If there's more than one ... More >>

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    August 13, 2012

    Heirloom Tomatoes Overwhelm Greenmarket -- Lowest Prices This Year So Far

    Prices on heirlooms have fallen to fire-sale levels at the Union Square Greenmarket. At the start of the season in June, prices topped out at $5.50 per pound for vine-ripened heirloom tomatoes, nearly all grown in greenhouses by enterprising farmers. But now that the actual tomato harvest season i ... 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 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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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    June 2, 2012

    What To Look for in the Farmers' Markets This Weekend: Tomatoes

    Lush, vine-ripened tomatoes were available at a half-dozen Union Square stalls on Friday. In the Greenmarket's earlier days -- say in the '90s -- the advent of tomatoes in quantity were one of the institution's most glorious summer moments, the bright red color bursting from every stall, tasting o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Where Was I Eating? Max Brenner

    I'm surprised it took six comments to get it right, but I was eating at brunch at Max Brenner near Union Square.

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    May 11, 2012

    Another "Week of Action" Protest Movement Begins, Culminating Tuesday At Times Square

    The 99 percenters' continual assault against banks starts today with what is being dubbed another "Week of Action" (They might as well start calling it the year of action) that started yesterday with a rally at Union Square that will culminate on Tuesday with what, they say, will be a massive conver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    LeBron Has Taken His Protests to South Beach

    Well, he couldn't make it to Union Square two nights ago for the emotional Trayvon Martin rally, but LeBron James just tweeted a picture of his entire team in hoodies--with the hashtags #WeAreTrayvonMartin #Hoodies #Stereotyped #WeWantJustice--as a sign of protest against the sad story of the slain ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2012

    Despite Snow Storm, Union Square Greenmarket Carries On

    ​There were eggs to be had aplenty -- but you had to fish them out of the snow drifts. In spite of the year's first major snowfall, the Greenmarket went on as planned today at Union Square. The tarmac was paved with slush, and the fervent locavores who make up the market's customers in weat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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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    December 2, 2011

    Would You Pay $12,500 for a Subway Sign?

    EV Grieve has noted an eBay listing of interest to New York City public transportation geeks -- there's an authentic 51" x 31", 26-pound New York City subway sign, from outside Union Square, available for a mere $12,500. The seller writes that the sign was by the stairs to the entrance and is "from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    Why Not Pig Milk?

    For years, every time I see a pig farmer at one of the Greenmarkets, I ask the same question: Why is there no such thing as pig milk? Usually, I get an equivocal answer, but for once I got what sounded like a convincing response.

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    November 11, 2011

    Ingrid Burrington, Researcher of Missed Connections: 'The Loneliest Place in NYC is Union Square'

    ​Under the semi-serious auspices of the Center for Missed Connections, 24-year-old Ingrid Burrington, who grew up in California, has been studying Craigslist's outlet for the lonely, the hopeful, the romantic, the horny, and the insane for more than two years now. It all started with what she ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    October's 45 Openings and 25 Closings: A (More or Less) Comprehensive List

    ​The shark-infested waters of New York City's restaurant industry are not for the faint of heart. In case you're into keeping tabs, here is a list of those who took the leap and opened new establishments and those who were forced to bow out this month.

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    October 26, 2011

    Mike Bloomberg Reviews Yelp Offices On Yelp

    ​Yelp opened their brand-new New York office at Union Square today. NYC Digital head Rachel Sterne was reportedly there, as was Mayor Bloomberg. Like many an opinionated restaurant or bar patron before him, Bloomberg took to Yelp afterwards as Mike B. from Manhattan to review the office. Five ... More >>

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    September 30, 2011

    Leon Reid's 'Tourist-in-Chief' Project Gets O.K. From Parks Department

    Despite a unanimous vote in favor from Community Board 5, the Parks Department had seemed bent on denying "Tourist-in-Chief," the public art project by Leon Reid IV in which he hoped to dress Union Square's George Washington statue in tourist accoutrement: "I Love NY" cap, camera, subway map, and sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Ben Koatz, 17, Describes Arrest and Detainment Following Saturday's Occupy Wall Street Protest

    Ben Koatz​Ben Koatz is a senior at Stuyvesant High School in Lower Manhattan. He's 17, from Queens, and writes for the school newspaper. He's also among the 80-90 people arrested during Occupy Wall Street's march on Union Square this past Saturday. Ben gave us an account of his arrest for diso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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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    September 20, 2011

    A Fork in the Road Guide to Greenmarket Etiquette

    Robert Sietsema​ Farmers markets are a bit like inebriation: they have a way of amplifying the best and worst parts of one's personality, of shaving away pleasantries to reveal a certain hard nut of truth about human nature. And they're also like an open-air subway car, particularly on Saturd ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    Upside-Down Elephant to Grace Union Square Through May

    What the elephant will look like when fully installed. ​If you go over to Union Square right now, you'll notice that people are installing a huge elephant standing on his trunk. The tireless 26-foot-tall elephant will maintain the pose through the end of May 2012. He's a 2008 piece by Spanish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Bloggers Pissed Over Frozen Lasagna; Patsy's In Debt

    ​You know those commercials where real people are caught on hidden cameras reacting to some new product? Well, for ConAgra and some unsuspecting bloggers, it didn't really work out this time. [NY Times] The restaurant planned for Union Square Park may be delayed now that concessionaire O-V Ho ... More >>

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    August 15, 2011

    Traces, An Acrobatic Spectacle: My Review

    ​Six guys, a girl, two poles, a piano, a basketball, some furniture, and a hanging mic. Talk about low budget. But the Traces cast works wonders with it at the Union Square Theatre. Their show is an acrobatic spectacle, but they're not hanging from high wires and falling onto trampolines.

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    July 14, 2011

    Danny Meyer's in the House at the Union Square Café

    ​Danny Meyer has taken to Twitter to inform New York that he'll be indulging in nostalgia at the Union Square Café today: He's taking the maitre d' shift for lunch. "Will feel like old times especially with PBB behind the bar!" Impressive, but we'd still like to see him slinging burgers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Posts of the Week

    As we submit to the welcoming embrace of the holiday weekend, let's cast a brief glimpse back at the week preceding it ... The Union Square Café's Carmen Quagliata talks cookbooks, culinary influences, and his favorite and most hated foods. Our 10 Best Classic American Dishes and Where to F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 25, 2011

    L Train Suspended in Both Directions After Person Jumps in Tracks at Union Square

    ​We're hearing reports of a person jumping in front of an L train at Union Square around 11:30 this morning. There's now police activity at 14th Street shutting down L train service in both directions -- per an MTA Service notice: "There is no train service in both directions from the Bedford ... More >>

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    November 28, 2008

    Reverend Billy Leads Buy Nothing Day Service in Union Square

    "Where's Reverend Billy?" asked a young woman with a camera. The acolyte who'd handed her a flyer for the Buy-Nothing day event at the north end of Union Square (detailing the activist Rev's "10 Commandments of Buylessness," and including a "Fun Page" of BND activities) thought a moment, then said, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2008

    Greenmarket Thanksgiving Soup, Spiced Up

    Yuno's Farm is one of my favorite Union Square Greenmarket stalls. She always has beautiful vegetables, and many that are Japanese or Korean and impossible to find anywhere else. Recently, she had several kinds of radish, and this summer, purple long beans. Last week, I picked up some Japanese sweet ... More >>

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    August 18, 2008

    Williamsburg "Pandamonium" Reviews are In

    Last week the Anti-Advertising Agency announced "a costumed, roving, street party, apocalyptic, dance, rock, battle" would meetup at Union Square at 8:30 on Saturday. That they did, and amNY's Urbanite reports the "Pandamonium" event "turned ugly" as hundreds of people dressed in various states of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2008

    Midsummer Greenmarket Loveliness

    Tomatoes, corn, berries, peaches, all in season now.

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    July 3, 2008

    The Union Square Pavilion Picnic Protest

    Photos by Duncan Meisel The Union Square Community Improvement District continued its running theatrical battle over the remodeling of the Union Square Pavilion on Wednesday night with an action they called the ‘Push Back Picnic,’ bringing their fight to the stamping grounds of celebrity chef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2008

    Sign of Spring at the Greenmarket

    Springy weather always arrives well before springy produce at the farmers' market. A string of 70-degree days and blossoming flowers for sale notwithstanding, the Union Square stalls still feature mainly apples, onions and greens. But this morning, I did find some green garlic, a tasty harbinger o ... More >>

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    February 26, 2008

    Product Alert: Scent of a Warhol

    “My favorite smell is the first smell of spring in New York,” Andy Warhol supposedly once said in a rare moment of cheap sentiment. Well, as he continues to push up daisies, the visionary artist is amazingly coming out with floral scents from the great beyond. And the scents should make dollars. ... More >>

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    January 10, 2008

    No Context: Sia and the Big Rainbow Bus

    No Context by Zach Baron Sia Apple Store SoHo January 9th, 4pm Sia Virgin Megastore Union Square January 9th, 7pm If you are a recording artist in 2008, there will inevitably come a day where you will have to sit down with whoever is manufacturing your new record and decide how to convince peopl ... More >>

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    April 30, 2007

    Critical Mass Outwits NYPD

    Video of the April 27 Critical Mass ride. H/T: The cyclists of Critical Mass may have found a new move in their ongoing match of cat-and-mouse with the NYPD. On Friday, riders gathered for the monthly event in Union Square, as usual. But instead of taking off into the chompin ... More >>

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