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Wondering what buzz is in Union Square? We’ve gathered all our local and national press coverage as well as our own news stories right here in one convenient place. By visiting, you’ll always be on top of the most recent Union Square news articles, events and developments without having to comb through the internet. As the retail and cultural center of San Francisco with strong ties to the city’s culinary and nightlife scenes, we’re often on the cusp of the hottest trends in the Bay Area. So, consider this your source for what’s new, hip and interesting in Union Square. We post regularly, as new stories come out.

Winter Walk SF Launches

November 20, 2014

Union Square SF Presents Winter Walk SF

A Festive Open Plaza with a Spectacular New Holiday Light Art Show

New Downtown Pedestrian-Only Holiday Plaza Debuts with Nightly Light Art Show, Carolers, Live Music and Off the Grid Food Trucks Open through Jan. 1

Union Square SF (visitunionsquaresf.com) Mayor Lee and the Central Subway Team are creating an inviting, open plaza on Stockton Street between Geary and Ellis for one month to celebrate the holidays in a spectacular fashion with a stunning light art show, regular live performances, food trucks and other holiday merriment. For a full list of events visit WinterWalkSF.com.

Winter Walk SF will be open to the public from November 28, 2014 through January 1, 2015. Visitors will find an inviting, open space and daily events and celebrations. Glowing seating, artificial turf and warm lighting will create a welcoming atmosphere for locals and visitors to enjoy.

“The Central Subway project is part of a larger vision to create a world-class transportation system for our world-class City,” said Mayor Lee. “During this holiday season, our City will ensure we provide a safe and pleasurable experience by suspending the Central Subway Line construction in Union Square to create a Winter Walk for all our residents and visitors to enjoy.”

Each night a spectacular light art show will be projected on the Macy's Men's Building in which Jack Frost has adventures in San Francisco and spreads festive icicles throughout the City. The show is being imaged by Immersive SF and their team of local artists, including Mike and David Dutton, who co-created the first animated Google doodle video. It will be projected daily from 5 pm-midnight, Dec. 1 - Jan. 1. In addition, live performances such as caroling, instrumental music and other surprises will take place on a weekly basis.

Off the Grid will provide a diverse selection of lunch and dinner options through their collection of top food trucks such as Senor Sisig, Bacon Bacon, Little Green Cyclo, Curry Up Now and more. Trucks will be present every other day of the week (11-2 pm Mon. Wed. Fri. Sun. & 5-8 pm Mon. Fri. Sun.), as well as three special night events with live music (6-8 pm on 12/3, 12/10, 12/17) and a Christmas Eve lunch party (Dec. 24, 12-4 pm).

Macy’s will offer a special Concierge Desk each weekend on the Winter Walk (Fri., Sat. & Sun. 11 am-8 pm) where visitors can pick up a holiday brochure, the Union Square Map & Guide and get general questions answered about San Francisco and Union Square. Macy’s cosmetics experts will treat guests to a holiday makeup consultation every Saturday from 12-6 pm and offer free fragrance sampling. For a full list of Winter Walk Events, visit WinterWalkSF.com

The Winter Walk was designed by the Union Square BID’s volunteer Streetscapes Committee Chair Manuela Anne King and the team at RHAA, a landscape architecture firm based in the Bay Area. For more info visit RHAA.com.

Off the Grid markets are founded on the idea of bringing new and old communities together through a shared mobile food experience. Since 2010, Off the Grid has activated 33 unique spaces, creating outdoor lunch and dinner markets throughout the Bay Area. With quality and diversity in mind, Off the Grid collaborates with 175+ vendors on a weekly basis. Visit offthegridsf.com/markets for market schedules and vendor lineups. All ages and all taste buds welcome.

Immersive is a cutting edge production company that creates dynamic environments for events. They specialize in corporate AV, projection arts, custom content creation, architectural projection mapping, sculptural projector mapping, event lighting, sound, rigging and CAD drafted renders.

The Union Square Business Improvement District is made up of a vibrant and diverse 27-block community surrounding Union Square Park in San Francisco. Union Square is known for its eclectic mix of world-class fashion, dining, hospitality and entertainment. The Union Square BID seeks to improve the overall quality of life for residents and visitors to the area through maintenance and public safety measures, marketing, advocacy, beautification and capital improvement programs. For more information please visit us at www.visitunionsquaresf.com or find us on Facebook or twitter. 

San Francisco Announces Pedestrian Safety Strategy

December 20, 2012

Mayor Ed Lee joined the SFMTA, SFPD and the Department of Public Health on the Powell Street Promenade yesterday to discuss the upcoming Pedestrian Stragegy. Part of a plan that will be finalized early next year, the Stragegy aims to make all neighborhoods safer for pedestrians by increasing traffic enforcement and investing in projects that create more sidewalk space, like the Powell Street Promenade. By 2016, the strategy aims to reduce serious or fatal pedestrian injuries by 25 percent and by 2021 this number is targeted to fall by 50 percent.

For more infomation, read the full Press Release

Holiday Ice Rink Returns to Union Square this November

September 13, 2012

Union Square's iconic Holiday Ice Rink kicks off its fifth season on November 7.  With the rink open daily from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. throughout the season, there will be plenty of opportunity to glide across the ice with family and friends. Read the press release for full details on the rink.

Hours: Daily 10 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. (9:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31)

Ticket Prices

Regular Admission: $10

Children 8 & under: $6

Ice Skate & Hockey Skate Rentals: $5

**Advance tickets go on sale Monday, October 15 here.

Union Square BID Hires Karin Flood as New Executive Director

August 17, 2012

The Union Square Business Improvement District (BID) announces the hire of Karin Flood as Executive Director, overseeing all administrative duties, programs and services of the organization. Flood has over 18 years of experience in community relations, development, property management and marketing. Former executive director of 16 years Linda Mjellem has retired, leaving an extremely impressive track record, but Flood is looking forward to the challenges and developments ahead.

Most recently Flood was the Vice President of MJM Management Group and as such worked closely with the President/CEO and executive team on strategically planning for the company's growth and development, gaining useful expertise in property management and development. MJM Management Group is a private property and facilities management company that provides operations and programming services for public and private spaces such as Yerba Buena Gardens and the Union Square district. MJM also engages in consulting work focused on forming management districts and public spaces throughout the country. In addition, Flood led the campaign to form the Civic Center CBD and collaborated on the renewal and expansion of the current iteration of the Union Square BID. She spent two years working under Mayor Willie Brown on the Adopt-A-Street program and holds a BA in English from Georgetown University.

"Linda left some pretty big shoes to fill, but I'm up for the task. We are preparing to launch several programs, including our Union Square Cares education campaign to support people in need and a district wide Steetscapes Plan including improvements and activation of Hallidie Plaza - the gateway to our district. I am excited to bring these important programs forward to enhance the visitor experience in Union Square."

Flood began working with the Union Square BID in January, 2012 as the Interim Executive Director and after finding the position was a great fit for her expertise and management style, accepted the job long-term. She has a deep history and understanding of the area, as her family owns the Flood building at the foot of Powell and Market St. and has been involved in the community for many years.

Holiday Ice Rink Returns to Union Square this November

October 3, 2011

Union Square's well-loved Holiday Ice Rink is set to open up again on November 9th. Prices have been simplified and hours have been extended to make this the best year ever for the San Francisco tradition. Read all the details in the press release

Hours: Daily - 10 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. (9:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31)

Ticket prices: 

Regular Admission: $10

Children 8 and under: $6

Ice skate and hockey skate rentals: $5.

** Attendees can remember the occasion by using the ice rink photo booth ($2) where photos are printed on the spot and a digital version can be sent to a single email address.

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