“Fall” for Union Square this Season

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As the weather cools and the trees change hues, there’s no better time to enjoy autumn activities in Union Square. Check out our favorite ways to welcome the fall season including art, theater, food and more.

Theater

This fall season, theaters across Union Square are welcoming an array of exciting and eclectic shows you won’t want to miss.

Following the success of their 35th Anniversary Season, the Vineyard Theatre is debuting a ground-breaking show sure to be just as well-received. Good Grief is a first-generation Nigerian-American coming-of-age story of love, loss, and growing into adulthood, following Nkechi as she navigates Pennsylvania’s suburbs alongside her childhood crush, her would-be-philosopher brother, and her immigrant parents. Previews begin October 11th and opening night is October 30th. Reserve your tickets now!

Across the street, Daryl Roth Theatre brings us a richly detailed tapestry about one of the most inspiring and remarkable women of our time. Five decades after Gloria Steinem began raising her voice for equality and championing those of others, her vision is as urgent as ever. GLORIA: A Life showcases Steinem’s life work and philosophy on the necessity of conversation as a catalyst for change to offer us all a path forward in a way that only live theater can. Performances begin on October 2nd - purchase tickets here.

Greenmarket

Go shopping in GrowNYC’s Union Square Greenmarket for an early taste of the fall harvest. Alongside apples, squash, potatoes, rainbow carrots, apple cider donuts, and beets find New York State wine, beer and spirits on select market days. Be sure to try a taste of 1857 Spirits Barber’s Farm Distillery and Hickory Ledges Farm - Full Moonshine, which you may have sampled at the 23rd Annual Harvest in the Square.

You can always check which fruits, veggies, and other produce are in season from your favorite local farmers using GrowNYC’s Seasonal Food Guide. Plus, if you didn’t meet local chefs at Harvest in the Square, you can still get to know the face behind the food on Saturdays this fall with the Union Square Greenmarket Food Book Fair

#USQART

New this season, we welcomed artist Kenseth Armstead’s Washington 20/20/20 to Union Square Park’s South Plaza. USP joined NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver to unveil this new public art piece. The steel sculpture sits around the base of the George Washington statue, creating conversation between the pieces that highlights the African American experience in the Revolutionary War. Read more on Washington 20/20/20 here and come to the South Plaza to see the piece on display through October 31st.

Since its debut on Triangle Park last October, our community has enjoyed Chihuly Studio’s bright pink Rose Crystal Tower adding a pop of color to the neighborhood. This 31-foot structure was unveiled as part of NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks 50th Anniversary Celebration, and has stood as a creative and inspiring public art piece in the district for the past year. This month is your last chance to see the Rose Crystal Tower in Union Square - the sculpture will move on during the second week of October. Tag @UnionSquareNY and #USQArt in your photos and we will be reposting our favorites on Instagram while the piece is still on display.

However you enjoy the cool season in Union Square, we want to hear about it! Did we miss your favorite fall activity? Share your favorites with us on social media @UnionSquareNY.