Law & Eating
This morning, the New York State Court of Appeals ruled that a controversial restaurant will be allowed to open in Union Square Park, disappointing activists who had fought to negate a contract that the Parks Department had signed with a high-end seasonal restaurant.
The ruling, the result of an appeal filed by the city after a judge issued a temporary injunction against the restaurant in January, clears the way for the 200-seat, Chef Driven Market to open in the Park’s Northern pavilion.
Fine dining is officially on the menu in the Union Square Park Pavilion.
On Tuesday, a state appeals court ruled that Union Square’s popular pop-up holiday bazaar can continue to operate, ending a five-year attempt by the Union Square Community Coalition to eliminate commercial uses of the park, DNAinfo reported. The new Read More
They’re really going to strike a cord!
Beginning today, twenty-five solar-powered charging stations will be make their debut in New York City parks, beaches and outdoor spaces throughout the five boroughs.
The 12.5-foot structures — a joint venture between the city and AT&T — will be popping up in places such as Union Square Read More
Felix Morelo crouched in Union Square on his hands and knees on Sunday morning at 10:30, as passersby prepared for the Pride festival that would provide hours of marriage-themed glee. Chalk in hand, he scrawled: “I WILL ATTEMPT A TRAIL OF CHALK FACES AROUND THE PARK. (DONATIONS ARE COOL)”
By 3 p.m., when the park Read More
Restaurateur Danny Meyer gets a lot of credit for spearheading the retail renaissance around Union Square Park.
Opening his perennially popular Union Square Cafe in 1985 helped set off a seismic shift in real estate surrounding the notoriously nicknamed “Needle Park.” The area once overrun with junkies is now infested with foodies, who can Read More
Several weeks ago we spied representatives from Ben & Jerry’s, the hippie-dippy ice-cream company, taking notes and plans for the Daryl Roth Theatre on Union Square Park. They told us a Ben & Jerry’s was opening, but the theater people treated our inquiries aas if we were insane.
Well, who’s insane now? As Read More
State Assembly member Sylvia Friedman, speaking before Community Board 6 last night, said that she would fight any attempt by the Parks Department to open a cafe in Stuyvesant Square, between 15th and 17th streets on Second Avenue.
Ms. Friedman has unique power to stop the Parks Department in its plans, as the Assembly must Read More
Park rangers replaced rabid anti-war protesters this morning at an unusually muted Union Square Park, where Mayor Bloomberg came to kick off what is apparently garden week in New York City. After being assisted by an aide in the rolling up of his sleeves, the Mayor helped some kids dressed up like bees plant flowers. Read More
The new design.
Last night, Community Board 5 overwhelmingly approved the Parks Department’s redesign for the northern end of Union Square Park. The redesign will triple the size of the current playground–adding a “Tot Lot” for the wee buggers, a “Toy Box” for ambulatory children and “the Mountain” for older kids (and Observer staffers Read More
On Wednesday, July 27, Community Board 4 put the kibosh on fashion trade-show production company ENK’s plan to tent over the basketball and handball courts of DeWitt Clinton Park, at 53rd and 12th Avenue, in order to hold an invitation-only “Fashion Coterie” womenswear trade show for 600 guests. The event would have occupied the space, Read More