Lighting Up Union Square for the Holidays

If you look up at the lamp posts around the Union Square neighborhood this fall, you’re likely to notice the holiday lights brightening neighborhood streets and storefronts. Each year, the Union Square Partnership marks the start of the holiday season by unveiling holiday lights along 14th Street, Union Square Park, and the surrounding blocks, complementing the Union Square Holiday Market and the enchanting holiday displays gracing storefront windows across the district. 

This year, USP upgraded the 65 holiday lights throughout the neighborhood, replacing them with more energy efficient LED lights. These lights use less electricity and can last upwards of 20 years, which keeps costs and maintenance low, as well as reduces USP’s carbon footprint. 

USP's holiday lights line 14th Street from 1st to 6th Avenues, as well as other blocks throughout the neighborhood.

USP's holiday lights line 14th Street from 1st to 6th Avenues, as well as other blocks throughout the neighborhood.

USP’s commitment to supporting sustainable and healthy public spaces extends beyond our investments in the greenery of Union Square Park. Over the last year, the Union Square Partnership has improved the sustainability of its operations by rolling out 70 LED park lights.

Not only are LED lights a more environmentally friendly choice, they also cast a brighter, clearer light at nighttime than the orange glow of traditional sodium-vapor lamps. 89% of respondents in USP’s 2017 Community Opinion Survey noted that they felt safer since USP rolled out LED lights throughout the park and Union Square neighborhood. 

The holiday lights are installed just before Daylight Savings time to offer additional lighting during the shorter winter days. 
 

HolidayMonica Munn