union square

2 Comments

Protesters Fracked Up Andrew Cuomo’s Book Signing

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

It’s safe to say Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s appearance at Barnes & Noble in Union Square last night wasn’t quite as electrifying as Russell Brand’s at the Strand, nor did he draw the throngs that wrapped around the block for Hillary Clinton’s appearance in June. But he did rile up a group of protesters as he signed copies of his first book, a hefty tome titled All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life.
Keep Reading »

Photos: New Yorkers Protest Police Killings in Union Square

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

IMG_0455

IMG_0455

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)IMG_0455(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Hundreds of New Yorkers gathered in Union Square Park last night to observe a “National Moment of Silence” for Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager whose shooting death at the hands of a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri has sparked nationwide protests against racial profiling and police brutality.
Keep Reading »

Williamsburg Gets a Malaysian ‘Night Market’ (More of a Restaurant, Really)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Noah Fecks courtesy of Pasar Malam)

(Photo: Noah Fecks courtesy of Pasar Malam)

Mural by Bushwick artists Chris Soria and Mark Evans.

Mural by Bushwick artists Chris Soria and Mark Evans.

(Photo: Noah Fecks courtesy of Pasar Malam)

(Photo: Noah Fecks courtesy of Pasar Malam)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photo: Noah Fecks courtesy of Pasar Malam)Mural by Bushwick artists Chris Soria and Mark Evans.(Photo: Noah Fecks courtesy of Pasar Malam)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

After Anthony Bourdain visited Laut, Salil Mehta hoped more foodies — rather than the usual after-work crowd — would flock to his well-regarded Union Square restaurant. “So I started keeping pig intestines on the menu,” he told us. “And three weeks went by and only one person ordered it.”
Keep Reading »

Papaya King Is Putting Its Wieners on Wheels

(Courtesy Papaya King)

(Courtesy Papaya King)

Ever since Gray’s Papaya closed, we haven’t had the heart(burn?) to even think about hot dogs — or maybe everything just pales in comparison to the churro dog we had in South Korea.

But this makes us snap to attention: Papaya King, the Upper West Side institution that opened a downtown location just a little over a year ago on St. Marks Place, is launching a food truck tomorrow.
Keep Reading »

New Yorkers Tell Us Why They Lined Up For Hillary

Earlier today we surveyed the insane line at Hillary Clinton’s signing at Barnes & Noble in Union Square. Now, click through the slideshow to hear why her supporters were so stoked to meet her.

<strong>Hillary shakes hands</strong> (All Photos: Madeleine Overturf)

Hillary shakes hands (All Photos: Madeleine Overturf)

<strong>Tom D’angora</strong>, theatrical producer

Tom D’angora, theatrical producer

"I’m most excited to read the book. So excited to congratulate the Secretary of State on what is sure to be another bestseller."

<strong>The Schoenbergs</strong>

The Schoenbergs

Yolanda (seated): "She’s smart, funny, nice…and she’s a woman!"
Norman ( right): "I would love for her to run. We’re still in the wrong direction and we need a better president."

<strong>Lemzare Kastrati</strong>, ultrasound tech

Lemzare Kastrati, ultrasound tech

"I want to thank her for everything she has done for my country (Kosovo)…because of her, I can go back."

<strong>Charlie Ferrusi</strong>, NYU student

Charlie Ferrusi, NYU student

"I think this is important for her to work on what she lost in her run—her personal touch—so anything she does like this is so important."

<strong>Allison Schlissel</strong>, Columbia student

Allison Schlissel, Columbia student

"It’s amazing, I just met someone who might be the future president."

<strong>Alfred Ojeranti</strong>, retired (left)

Alfred Ojeranti, retired (left)

"In Nigeria, where I’m from, the Clintons are semi-gods."

<strong>Alex Lopez</strong>, Junior at Dartmouth University (pink shirt)

Alex Lopez, Junior at Dartmouth University (pink shirt)

"She’s someone who has shown me what it means to be an incredible human."

<strong>After the signing</strong>

After the signing

"It was awesome!"
"She just has such a presence…she was so happy up there!"

Hillary shakes hands (All Photos: Madeleine Overturf)"I’m most excited to read the book. So excited to congratulate the Secretary of State on what is sure to be another bestseller."Yolanda (seated): "She’s smart, funny, nice…and she’s a woman!"

Norman ( right): "I would love for her to run. We’re still in the wrong direction and we need a better president.""I want to thank her for everything she has done for my country (Kosovo)…because of her, I can go back.""I think this is important for her to work on what she lost in her run—her personal touch—so anything she does like this is so important.""It’s amazing, I just met someone who might be the future president.""In Nigeria, where I’m from, the Clintons are semi-gods.""She’s someone who has shown me what it means to be an incredible human.""It was awesome!"

"She just has such a presence…she was so happy up there!"

Hundreds of Hillary Fans (and a Couple of Haters) Lined Up in Union Square

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Hillary Clinton fans, young and old, wrapped around four blocks in Union Square this morning, waiting for what one called a “historic moment” — a book signing at Barnes & Noble by their hero, the pantsuited pol who claims she hasn’t yet made up her mind about running for president.
Keep Reading »

James Franco Fans Have Been Lining Up Since 5 A.M. This Morning

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

A flock of James Franco freaks and geeks have lined up at the Union Square Barnes & Noble, waiting for the actor/novelist/
filmmaker/teacher/nude portraitist to show up at 10:45 a.m. to sign copies of his paperback, Palo Alto: Stories.

Many say they were spurred by this morning’s Today show appearance; others came as early as 5 a.m., huddling on the street with copies of his book, a prerequisite to get in to the event.
Keep Reading »

De Blasio Wants Air Pollution Code to Regulate Fireplaces and Food Trucks

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Wearing a green tie and flanked by New York City’s green mascot, Birdie, Mayor Bill De Blasio kicked off New York City’s 44th annual Earth Day in Union Square today by announcing plans to update and strengthen the city’s air pollution control code. “We’re going to work with our friends, the city council, to make the law stronger,” he said. “It is the best tool we have to insure that every possible form of pollution in the air is addressed and addressed stringently.”
Keep Reading »

In The Bowels of Union Square, There’s a Place Where Models Go…

IMG_8624-5

Models listening to casting director John Pfeiffer. Photo: Courtesy modelloungexmicrosoft.

Do the mere mortals dining on club sandwiches at The Coffee Shop in Union Square have any idea that below their feet, dozens of models – the real kind, who will walk the runways of top designers for New York Fashion Week later this week – are sipping on coconut water, having Xbox dance-offs and getting professional massages? It doesn’t matter, really, because even if they did they wouldn’t be allowed to partake in the fun. The Modellounge x Microsoft is a subterranean private space for models to relax, gossip in their native tongues and enjoy speakers and events aimed at helping to boost their careers.
Keep Reading »

Scenes From Today’s Trayvon Martin Rally in Union Square

Hundreds gathered for a rally in Union Square this afternoon, to protest the not guilty verdict in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. On the scene was organizer Kevin Powell of “Real World” fame, mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio (who has said that his Afro-sporting son looks like Trayvon Martin), and an attorney for Kharey Wise, one of the Central Park Five. Watch the video above to hear from some of the speakers and click through our slideshow below to see more from the protest.
Keep Reading »