33rd Annual Meeting Celebrates USP’s Community Contributions

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On Monday, May 15th, USP welcomed neighborhood residents, business and property owners, and other key district stakeholders to our 33rd Annual Meeting + Networking Reception.

Hosted by the W New York – Union Square, Executive Director Jennifer Falk presented an overview of the Partnership's contributions to the community over the past year and plans for the coming year. She proudly shared that we raised our highest fundraising total to date, $1.5 million in addition to our annual assessment, which allowed us to plant new trees and understory landscaping in the median malls along Union Square East, expand outdoor seating areas with new bistro furniture, and install brighter, energy-efficient lighting to increase park safety. For a full recap of this year’s work, please enjoy the 2017 Annual Report.

“From the exciting developments taking place throughout the area, to the new businesses and incredible restaurants that continue to join our bustling community, the Union Square-14th Street district is thriving. We are proud of the progress we have made over the past year, and we look forward to continuing to further Union Square’s growth in the years to come,” said Falk. See our work in action at #USQBlooms on Twitter and Instagram.

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Civic Hall Founder/CEO (and longtime resident) Andrew Rasiej was featured as a special guest speaker to speak to the City’s new $250 million tech hub planned for 124 East 14th Street and how Civic Hall, a collaborative work and event space advancing the use of technology for the public good, will anchor the development. The project further solidifies Union Square’s position as the epicenter for NYC’s growing tech scene by bringing together NYC’s thriving collection of tech and innovation start-ups and driving 21st century job creation.

Afterwards, Treasurer Kenneth Salzman presented a budget summary for fiscal year 2018, and Board Member Jordan Brackett announced nominations and conducted voting on the 2018 Board of Directors slate. Before the close of the meeting, Falk, Board Co-Chair William Abramson and the family of Norman Buchbinder, a founder of the USP board that passed in January 2007, presented the Norman Buchbinder Award for Community Service in his memory to Martha Bear Dallis, who for more than twenty years has organized our annual fundraiser, Harvest in the Square, which raises vital funds for our district beautification and public programs.

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The meeting was followed by a networking reception, where attendees enjoyed drinks and refreshments provided by the W New York – Union Square and a jazz performance by The New School Jazz Trio.

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Congratulations to our business card drop winners, Laura Duggan and Jeryl Healey! We hope you enjoy your meal at Pokeworks.

Thank you to all of our community partners and members who made the night a great success! Check out more photos from the event on Flickr, and be sure to read The Villager’s Progress Report and Salute to Union Square stories below.