Car Free NYC in Union Square: Free Fitness, Walking Tour and More

In honor of Earth Month, the Department of Transportation is shutting down Broadway  from Times Square to Union Square on Saturday, April 21st from 9 AM to 3 PM. Enjoy endless activities for 30 blocks of NYC celebrating the great outdoors and Mother Earth. See below for a breakdown of what you can enjoy in Union Square.

Five Free Fitness Classes (17th to 18th Streets)

We're kicking off free fitness classes in Union Square with New York Health & Racquet Club, New York's hometown community health club founded in 1973 with nine locations across the city and two within walking distance from Union Square. Get a taste on Saturday of the premier fitness offerings New York Health & Racquet Club will bring to Union Square Park at Summer in the Square from June 14 - Aug 9. 

Meet at NE corner of 17th Street and Broadway 10 minutes before class. Classes are free of charge. Registration is not required.

10:00 AM     Tai Chi with Bill Pagano

11:00 AM      Tabata 30 with Delida Torres

11:30  AM     Hip Hop with Corinne Tate

12:15 PM       Zumba with Wilber Escobar

1:00 PM        Upright Yoga with Jenn Nigro

2:00 PM       Dance HIIT with Ebonny Fowler

Afternoon Walking Tour (17th Street)

Meet at 2:00 PM in front of Barnes & Noble (33 East 17th Street) to take part in this 90 minute tour. The tour is free of charge. Registration is not required.

Join Union Square Partnership and Big Onion Historians for a Historical Walking Tour of Union Square. The "Union Square: Crossroads of New York" tour to learn about the social and political history of the neighborhood and learn about the people and events that shape this vibrant community every day. 

Early Bird Walking Tour (18th Street)

Meet at 9:30 AM at the NE corner of 18th Street and Broadway. The tour is free of charge. Registration is not required.

Join Abby Suckle & James Kaplan at 9:30 AM for a free historical walking tour about Union Square: Center of 19th and Early 20th Century Political New York. This tour will examine Union Square and its surrounding area, pointing out the significant political events that occurred there and describing the fabulous and important monuments in Union Square Park.

Historical + Sustainability Learning (18th to 19th Streets) 

  • Get to Know the Neighborhood with Big Apple Greeter. Big Apple Greeter is a welcome visitor program. Volunteers share their favorite neighborhoods in New York City with visitors from around the world. Experience Greeting for yourself by taking a 15 minute walk around the neighborhood with a volunteer Greeter!
  • Have recycling questions? GrowNYC has answers! Test your NYC recycling skills at this interactive demo and learn about free resources for reducing waste, composting food scraps, reusing and recycling clothing, and more with GrowNYC’s zero waste programs funded by the NYC Department of Sanitation.
  • How well do you know your city? Quizmaster and Manhattan Borough Historian, Michael Miscione, will pose questions about the history, geography, and culture of New York. Some will be easy. Some will be hard. Some will be in between. If you score enough points you'll win a NYC sewer alligator!

Free Citi Bike 

Pick up your Citi Bike in Times Square and bike the entire Car Free NYC route - docking your bike at one of Union Square's six stations. Thanks to a partnership with MasterCard, Citi Bike riders can obtain a free day pass through or the bikeshare’s app.

Union Square Greenmarket 

Enjoy the weekly Saturday Greenmarket on Union Square Park's North and West Plazas. Celebrate Earth Month by taking their plastic cleanse  and visit the Community Composting and Textile Recycling vendors while you shop for Spring's best produce, baked goods, and more. 

Happy Earth Month everyone! During the month of April we are doing our annual Plastic Cleanse, and who better to kick us off but one of our favorite plastic free foodies, Christine of @conscious_cooking. She took over our story today and shared some of her tips on how to go plastic free at the market-check it out ⬆️, it's pinned in our profile! 📷: @conscious_cooking #plasticfreefoodie . . . We also invite our followers to participate in a Plastic Cleanse social media **CONTEST**! We know that single use bags are environmentally harmful. In NYC alone, they generate about 1700 tons of residential garbage on a weekly basis. We're here to encourage you to make a difference and join our annual Plastic Cleanse. Show us how you shop plastic-free at the Greenmarket! Photos can be taken at market or at home, we want to see how you avoid using plastic while shopping. Two winners will each receive a gift card to a restaurant that supports the Greenmarket and will be regrammed by the @unsqgreenmarket account. . Contest rules (also in link in bio): Take a photo and post it to your Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook account of your plastic-free shopping supplies before heading to market, a plastic-free interaction at market, or of your plastic-free market haul after shopping. . Tag @unsqgreenmarket and hashtag #GMKTnyc #PlasticCleanse to enter . Dates to enter are 4/3 - 4/30/18. . GrowNYC and Greenmarket staff, volunteers, farm staff, or farmers, or family members are not eligible to win. . Open to NYC residents. Contest ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on 4/30/18. . On 5/1/18, GrowNYC will pick 2 winners at random to each receive a gift card to a local restaurant that shops at the Greenmarket.