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  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    Cheap Drink Deals at Cubana Social, SingL Lounge, Johnny's Bar, and St. Dymphna's

    If a weekend full of shopping for others has cleaned you out, why not treat yourself to a cheap drink? We have a fresh round-up of spots where you can find one.

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    October 7, 2013

    Heartland's Rise From Brewpub to Beer-Based Chain

    Back when I was a corporate drone, slogging away in my office with nothing but a spectacular 37th floor view and my misery to keep me company, the Midtown Heartland Brewery became a favorite after work (or sometimes mid-work) stop for a beer and a fried pickle. Little did I know that founder Jon Blo ... More >>

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    August 23, 2013

    Bulich Mushrooms at the Greenmarket (PHOTOS)

    In this week's Village Voice, Hannah Palmer Egan detailed the fascinating process behind growing some of the city's best mushrooms. Bradley Hawks headed to the Union Square Greenmarket, where you can find the Bulich fungus every Saturday (to perhaps make into the Mercer Kitchen steak with mushrooms) ... More >>

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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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    May 17, 2013

    The Fourth Opens Near Union Square

    "Were those used in the London Olympics?" whispered our dining companion as we sat down at the bar at The Fourth. He was referring to the sculpture work hanging from the ceiling, which is oddly reminiscent of the hospital beds into which children were tucked in the opening ceremonies as dozens of Ma ... More >>

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    May 15, 2013

    Union Square is Getting a Massive Wi-Fi Expansion in June

    The good people at the Union Square Partnership are bringing Wi-Fi to the masses. Well, at least they're expanding Union Square's Wi-Fi, which currently only serves a meager 250 people. By mid-June, though, 3,000 people in and around Union Square Park will be able to hook up to the Internet for free ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Look for Brown Butter Potato Chips at the Union Square Greenmarket

    Fighting through the spring crowds at the Union Square Greenmarket (those are MY ramps!) can induce serious hunger. On your next visit, look out for the bags of salty potato chips at the Mountain Sweet Berry Farm stand, one of the market's best snacks. The delicate chips, made from German butterbal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Snitching Schnitzels

    Harold Dieterle has a schnitzel at The Marrow... Among Manhattan restaurants, at least, schnitzels are on the upswing. While you may think that the pounded-thin, breaded-and-fried cutlets belong mainly in the city's antique German restaurants like the Heidelberg, Zum Stammtisch, and Killmeyer's Ol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    Istanbul Prepares for First Shake Shack

    On the heels of Bloomberg Businessweek's outing of America's young burger billionairess, Eater reports that Shake Shack will open in Istanbul later this year. The New York-based chain from Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality group currently operates burger joints across North America and the Midd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    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.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    What To Look For in the Farmers' Markets This Week: Wild Bush Blueberries

    Identify them by their size. [See More Market Watch: Dear New York Plums, You're Amazing | Shishito Peppers] I spotted them at the Tompkins Square market Sunday: bush blueberries of the type that grow wild in northern lakeside and mountainous regions. They are about half the diameter of regular c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    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

    April 30, 2012

    Q&A: Dan Deacon Talks Politics, Patriotism, And Occupy Wall Street

    Dan Deacon is one of several big name musicians playing a free concert in Union Square tomorrow at 4 p.m. We spoke to him recently about why Occupy Wall Street resonates with him and why he considers himself a political artist. Village Voice: You're playing a free show in Union Square for May Day, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Demonstrators Protest AIDS Inaction, Student Debt and Tuition Hikes

    May Day isn't even here yet, and it's already becoming clear that a season of protest and politics in the street is upon us. Yesterday morning saw a substantial demonstration by ACT UP!, other AIDS activists, and Occupiers, marching from City Hall into the Financial District to call for a financial ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Occupy Wall Street Is Finally Occupying Wall Street (Or At Least Trying)

    Seven months after they first set up camp in Zuccotti Park, Occupy Wall Street protesters are actually occupying Wall Street. But after a relatively uneventful week of lawfully sleeping on the sidewalk near the New York Stock Exchange, the protesters have been met with a strong police response over ... 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 28, 2011

    Duane Reade's Beer Growlers: Miracle or Satanic Manifestation?

    Where am I? Blind Tiger? Rattle N Hum? D.b.a.? (Click on image to enlarge.) It wasn't that long ago that if you wanted to get a six-pack (I'm talking beer, not abs) around Union Square, you had to make do with Bud Lite or Colt 45 in cans. Then the beer revolution occurred, and suddenly every bodeg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Rejoice Ye Procrastinators: Fresh Turkeys Still Available at Union Square Greenmarket

    ​Despite intermittent heavy rains and bone-chilling cold, the Union Square Greenmarket was mobbed this afternoon with locavores and non-can-ovores seeking supplies for tomorrow's pig-out.

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    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 15, 2011

    Occupy Wall Street Library Says 'It's Time to ShutDownNYC' After Books Reportedly Destroyed

    ​Occupy Wall Street has tweeted that the 5,554 books comprising the OWS library have been trashed by the NYPD in the raid. GalleyCat reports that @OWSLibrary has been tweeting about the eviction and the destruction of their books, documents, and artwork throughout the night.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 7, 2011

    I Heard New York: SOTC's New Series "Cast In Concrete" Records Buskers

    ​We certainly try, but capturing the sound of the city is a tall order, even and especially for those of us who are usually most concerned with these things. To most regular New Yorkers—those more likely to spend their Friday evenings in a park than at a concert, for example, or those wh ... 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

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Num Pang Will Sling Its Sandwiches in Midtown

    A scene soon to be replicated in Midtown.​Last months, news came down the pike of Ratha Chaupoly's plans to open a second outpost of Num Pang, his terrifically popular Cambodian sandwich shop near Union Square. Chaupoly offered no clues to its location, but now, Eater has done it for him, via ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Bear Eats Psychedelic Mushrooms, Trips in the Forest, Hallucinates

    Who knew that bears like to get high, too? Though we can't vouch for the scientific veracity of this video, it sure is fun to watch, and we're wondering where we can find mushrooms like that in the forest, too! Or maybe in the Union Square Greenmarket? It comes to us from Literal Bears I'm Jealou ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    Fat Pants Friday: Breezy Hill Orchard's Cranberry Walnut Square

    ​ The Union Square Greenmarket has no shortage of pumpkin- and apple-endowed treats right now, but while we went there earlier this week fully intending to eat at least one of them, we were instead swayed by the unassuming cranberry-walnut square pictured above.

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    November 9, 2009

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Premiere at Union Square

    The video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 -- in which, after the fall of Russian strongman Imran Zakhaev, "a new leader named Vladimir Makarov has risen to power, and an elite international task force (the player included) must pursue him" -- debuted at Union Square tonight in a tent erected ... More >>

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