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Inspired by Baltimore, Protests Spill into Manhattan Streets

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Following an evening rally in Union Square, scores of protesters were arrested throughout the city after police warned them on megaphones not to march in the street.



Bowlmor No More

Monday, July 07, 2014

Longest running bowling alley on the east coast set to close its doors. 

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New Yorkers Protest After Verdict in Trayvon Martin Case

Sunday, July 14, 2013

At least 1,000 people -- and possibly many more -- took to New York streets and into Times Square Sunday evening in response to the Florida verdict finding George Zimmerman not guilty of murder in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.

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Transportation Nation

Where The (Potential) Voters Are: Subway Edition

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Registering to vote in New York's Union Square subway station (photo by Andrea Bernstein)

Looking to register more voters in New York City? Take out your MetroCard.

That's what a coalition of nonprofits did on Tuesday as part of National Voter Registration Day. The groups set up tables in subway stations across the city. "Times Square has always been the site with the most new registrants," said NVRD New York State coordinator Kristina Andreotta in a statement, "and we don’t expect anything less from Tuesday."

Fun fact: according to MTA statistics, the average weekday ridership at the city's five busiest subway stations (Times Square, Grand Central Terminal, Herald Square, 34th Street/Penn Station and Union Square) totals about 653,000 people. That's more than the populations of either Wyoming or Vermont, but the NYC subway doesn't get a Congressional district.

(photo by Andrea Bernstein)

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Giant Bronze Elephant Stands Upside Down in Union Square

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

From Tuesday through next May, Gran Elefandret by Spanish artist Miquel Barceló will be on display in Union Square. The 5-ton, 26-foot tall bronze sculpture depicts an elephant standing whimsically on its trunk, seemingly defying physics.

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The Art of Moving Boxes

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Take a look at what was said in Union Square Thursday as Brooklyn-based artist Arielle Falk presented her project "De-INHIBITIONATORS."


Transportation Nation

Union Square Pedestrian Plaza Unveiled Today

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation)  Crossing the streets around New York City's Union Square got a little bit easier today, with the official completion of the redesign of the sidewalks and streets surrounding the area. The neighborhood, which hosts the city's flagship Greenmarket four days a week, sees tens of thousands of visitors on a daily basis, and there have been 95 pedestrian injury crashes from 2004 to 2008. The updates include a bike line and changes to the traffic pattern, and a pedestrian plaza has been added to the east side of Broadway between 17th and 18th Streets.

Looking north on Broadway from Union Square (Kate Hinds)

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Joe Ades, "Gentleman Peeler," Dead at 75

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Joe Ades, a familiar fixture at the Union Square Green Market where he sold Swiss vegetable peelers for $5 a pop, died Sunday. He was 75. A quick search on Flickr gives one an idea of his ubiquity.