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Pining for some new public art

The Parks Department and Cynthia-Reeves Projects, in cooperation with the Union Square Partnership, will debut “Lotus,” above, by Seoul-based artist Jaehyo Lee, in Union Square Park this month. Located at the park’s southeastern triangle, the exhibition will be on view through October. Lee exhibits internationally, with recent works included at New York’s Museum of Arts and read more here »

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Surfin’ safari in the park with better Wi-Fi

Beefed-up free Wi-Fi in Union Square Park has enough capacity to let about 1,000 people surf the ’Net to their hearts’ content on their laptops and handheld devices.

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With retro décor and restaurants, hotels are in the mix

BY HEATHER DUBIN  |  The quest to find a room in Downtown Manhattan just got a whole lot easier thanks to the recent openings of the Jade Hotel and the Hyatt Union Square, along with the completion of renovations at the W New York – Union Square. In its second month of business, the Jade read more here »

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BY HEATHER DUBIN | Locals could be tempted to set up an outdoor office this summer in Union Square Park, thanks to innovative technologies provided by the Union Square Partnership. Faster free Wi-Fi, handheld devices used to monitor sanitation and quality of life issues, and solar-powered trash compactors will make the park a more enjoyable space read more here »

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New residential by 3rd Ave. sparks eastern renewal

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Union Square’s renaissance is one of the city’s ongoing success stories, and now the eastern side of the district is starting to share in the area’s ongoing makeover. A notable new presence is The Jefferson, an eight-story, 83-year unit luxury condominium building at 211 E. 13th St. The project was developed read more here »

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Trying in many ways to make our community a better place

By MARGARET S. CHIN | When I think about progress, I think about the ways that our community can become better — and how we can improve our lives, the lives of our children and those of our neighbors. Over the past year, I have been proud to support a host of programs, progressive legislation, read more here »

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Green scene: Gotta have parks

BY RICH CACCAPPOLO  |  The Community Board 2 Parks and Waterfront Committee, working with the Parks Department and the Hudson River Park Trust, as well as block associations and neighborhood organizations, and backed by the support of our local elected officials, drove several noteworthy accomplishments in 2012. The committee has great plans in the coming read more here »

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Doing my part in the critical fight against fracking

BY RACHEL LAVINE  |  What does it mean to be the New York Democratic State Committeewoman for the 66th Assembly District, a long title for a political position whose duties are obscure to most voters? It entails two principal duties. The first is voting for candidates for statewide office at the New York State Democratic read more here »

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Reform Albany’s campaign finance system

BY BRAD HOYLMAN  |  I heard a lot about Albany’s “pay-to-play” culture before I took office as a state Senator last month. Still, it was a culture shock to see it in action. For example, there is a practice that allows lobbyists to call senators off the Senate floor during session for face-to-face meetings about read more here »

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Feeling hot, hot, hot! Union Sq. hotter than ever!

BY JENNIFER E. FALK  |  Union Square continues to be one of the hottest neighborhoods in New York City. Working with our neighborhood partners, the Union Square Partnership continues our dedication and commitment to one of the city’s most vibrant, 24-hour communities. BUSINESS Anyone who lives, shops or even passes through the Union Square district read more here »

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