9 Weeks, 135 Events, 1 Amazing #USQSummer
Over 17,000 community members, residents and visitors spent their Summer Thursdays in Union Square Park. Here's what made them keep coming back for more.
Hotter than Summer Fitness Instructors
Whether it was Salsa Dance with New York Health & Racquet Club's Wilson Gutierrez, Yoga with local studio Yoga Vida, HIIT with Surf Yoga Beer's Kristin Calabria, a Cardio Sweat Party, or Boot Camp with Ashley Wilking, each week we met new local instructors to expand our fitness horizons.
Next-Level Puppet Shows
First up, CityParks Foundation's Cinderella Samba Marionette Show packed our plaza with its twist on the fairy tale classic. To close our season, Union Square's off-Broadway hit The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show (coming this Sep. to the DR2) debuted its new stories on the Summer in the Square stage!
Meeting Animals, And Then Pretending To Be Them
Art Farm brought a mini-petting zoo each morning to our Children's Pavilion where we met Taco the Frog, Milly the Hamster, Buddy the Bunny, Holly the Hen. Then we sprawled out on the George Washington Lawn for Karma Kids Yoga where we jumped like frogs and woofed like downward dogs!
Summer Swag Courtesy of Citibank
In addition to face painters and crafts all summer long, the swag at the Citibank tent was unmatched. Whether it was fidget spinners, sunscreen, bubbles, sunglasses or snow cones, everyone went home with something to put a smile on their face.
Dueling DJs inspired a South Plaza Dance Party. Four dueling beatboxers had an epic battle that took them off the stage and into the crowd. Tap City brought 6 stellar tap dancers to make music with their feet - in the rain. Week after week, the live 5 PM dueling shows did not disappoint.
Instead of capturing the perfect summer sunset for Instagram, we set aside our phones and practiced yoga as the city calmed down in both hustle and temperature for a cooling, relaxing early start to our Summer Friday.
#ThrowbackThursday Movie Nights
We took it back to the 1980s with screenings of The Karate Kid and Back to the Future on Union Square's North Plaza. While we anticipated the sun to set and the film to begin, our wild emcee Brian kept us on our toes with trivia, with correct answers rewarded with 24-Hour Citi Bike passes.
Capturing It #USQSummer
Puppies at movie nights, hula-hoop boomerangs, and Insta-stories galore - your view on social media showed us what you loved the most, and we had 9 weeks of social media giveaways to thank you for it! See all the shots at #USQSummer.
Check out the entire photo gallery here.
Thank you to our community sponsors and partners who helped make Summer in the Square possible including Citibank, Con Edison, NYC Parks, Paragon Sports, New York Health & Racquet Club, New York University, The New School, Arteasan, Pret A Manger, W New York - Union Square, Honest Tea, Metroplus, FDNY, Michael Alan Group, City Parks Foundation, Simon & Schuster, Art Farm in the City, Pop Fit Kids, Karma Kids Yoga, 14th Street Y and Gazillion Bubble Show.
Photo credits: Liz Ligon, Jane Kratchovil.