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Over 100 Unique Merchants Joined for Unique Shoppers at 18th ‘Union Square Holiday Market’ from November 18th-December 24th, 2011!



The holiday shopping season officially begins with the opening of the popular Union Square Holiday Market, open annually between Thanksgiving to Christmas eve at Union Square.

Over 100 merchants are on hand to bring you some of the most unique gifts ever. The Union Square Holiday Market is the place to do your holiday shopping. Some of the items you will find this year include:

  • Hand-blown glass housewares
  • Local, handmade leather belts
  • Bags and accessories made from recycled plastic
  • A variety of handmade jewelry
  • Gloves…hats…Tibetan crafts…and more

There will also be nibbles and noshes throughout—German delights…sweet and savory treats…cider and cappuccino to keep you warm. There are so many beautiful things—be sure to come, browse and check them all out.

Please visit the Information Booth at the Union Square Holiday Market. This booth is there to help you to find which merchant has children’s mittens or a travel pet dish. They can also advise you on the neighborhood and where to find the Indian dish you are craving or a cozy spot to have a glass of wine and celebrate the end of your holiday shopping! Please stop by the Info Booth and say hello — we look forward to seeing you! You can also download this handy printable map of the market to help plan and navigate your visit.

Friends & Neighbors:

New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

The Union Square Partnership

Market Dates: November 18 – December 24, 2011

Hours: Monday – Friday, 11:00am to 8:00pm; Saturday, 10:00am to 8:00pm; Sunday, 11:00am to 7:00pm


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Nearly 150 Years, McSorley’s Ale House Continues Its Legacy, Light or Dark, as an Landmark in East Village, NYC.

McSorley's Ale House in East Village

McSorley's Ale House in East Village

Established in 1854 by Irish John McSorley in East Village, NYC, McSorley’s Old Ale House has been a gathering place, a drinking hole, the subject of art and literature and even a United States supreme court controversy. Everyone from Abe Lincoln to John Lennon have indulged in a “One and One.” Woody Guthrie rallied the early American union movement from a table in the back – guitar in hand while constitutional attorneys Faith Seidenberg and Karen DeCrow had to take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court to gain access – women finally being allowed entry in 1970! From it’s humble origins as an Irish workingman’s saloon – cheese and crackers on the house-ale for pennies more, to its discovery by the mainstream in a 1940’s LIFE magazine pictorial, McSorley’s is steeped in a cultural cacophony of Americana. Presidents, residents, authors and thieves – the lot of humanity has sat and shared, all obeying the McSorley’s golden rule “Be Good or Be Gone”.

When McSorley’s first opened in 1854, it was one of 2,400 saloons in New York City. Now, it is the ONLY saloon where still serve up dark and light ale to the locals and tourists. Nothing much has been changed at McSorley’s since its opening. The interiors and food are almost about the same. Two mugs served for each order and their signature burgers and chili are still reasonable in price as well.

No women were allowed in 1970. With feminism was high in the movement, Faith Seidenberg and Karen De Crow won the Supreme Court appeal to legalize the allowance of females to McSorley’s. Although the place was not and still is not kind of place where women would like to hang out, this remarkable change in 1970 sure turned the place into something else.

McSorley’s Ale House 15 East 7th Street (bet. 2&3 Avenue) New York NY 10003

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“Creepy Cocktails” to creep out 2011 Halloween in East Village at the Barrel!



Poster designed by Hyeonji Lee/SB DESIGN

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“East Village Walking Tour,” the perfect guide for people wanting to walk in to life of East Village!

East Village Walking Tour

East Village Walking Tour


There is no better way to get to know a neighborhood than by talking a walking tour with a qualified and experienced guide. The official walking tours of the East Village Visitor Center are offered by the Lower East Side History Project; an award winning non-profit organization dedicated to researching the history of the greater Lower East Side (which actually includes the East Village.) LESHP’s volunteer guides are native New Yorkers who are professional educators, researchers, authors, and active in the community — and the organization offers a variety of public tour topics to choose from. LESHP also caters tours for groups and individual private tours. Specifically interested in the Jewish History of the neighborhood? Then we recommend the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy, which offers public and private tours on a regular basis.

This is a crash course in East Village/Lower East Side history. From the farmlands of the 1600s and the wealthy estates of the 1700s, to immigration, tenements, the “melting pot” and how the East Village became a haven for artists and counter culturalists in the twentieth century (and everything in between).

Despite recent gentrification, the East Village neighborhood of the Lower East Side, technically E.14th Street to E. Houston Street, still retains much of its radical character.

Every Saturday at 12:00pm

Reservations: Not Required, you can pay your guide

Fee: $20 General Admission

Location: in front of Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery

Directions: F train to 2nd Ave or 6 train to Bleecker/Lafayette

Meet Here (View larger map/get directions):

Your guide: Andrea Coyle, Director of Outreach and Membership for LESHP, is a native New Yorker, a licensed New York City tour guide, a member of The Guides Association of New York City, and a graphic artist. She is a community activist and is passionate about preserving the fabric of New York City neighborhoods. Andrea was an early education preschool teacher, and she also volunteers for Big Apple Greeter

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Grab your dancing shoes, shoot out your disco fever at MONO+MONO in East Village during Halloween Disco Party!



2011 Halloween is right around the corner and your dancing shoes should be right around shoe rack this Halloween weekend! The music from 60’s, 70’s and 80’s vinyls will let you tune your body with disco balls and live DJ.

Hide in GO GO costumes and reveal your HIP and HOP fever while munching that scarily addictive Korean friend wings with shots of spooky cocktails at MONO+MONO!

MONO+MONO 116 East 4th Street New York NY 10003

Halloween Disco Party October 28, 29, 30 and 31

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2011 East Village Tasting Tour seasoned the streets of village on beautiful Saturday afternoon.

East Village Tasting Tour 2011

East Village Tasting Tour 2011

Designed by Hyeonji Lee/SB DESIGN

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