Union Square Park is a must see this Holiday season. The Christmas market is open and bustling, freshly cut Christmas trees are for sale amongst the green market food, and the newly renovated park brings bundled children out to play. The overall cheer of Union Square seems to be a reason as well a reaction to the park’s success.
Though the recession was a cause for concern in Union Square with last year’s closings of Circuit City and Virgin Mobile, the area has quickly moved on. Best Buy has opened a 24 hour store in the old circuit city location, and next spring, the city’s first Nordstrom Rack will open in the lower level of the Virgin location.
“The arrival of more than a dozen new businesses plunged the Union Square district’s retail vacancy rate to below 4 percent,” writes Jennifer Faulk the Union Square Partnership executive director, “making Union Square among the most viable business locales in the city.”
The north-end project in Union Square Park, now more than 90 percent complete, the community’s new and expanded 15,000-square-foot playground is now open. In addition, pedestrians can now walk the repaved 16th St. transverse complete with new park benches.
‘Tis the Season to enjoy the holiday market, but it appears that the Union Square district will continue to be a year round success.