The Best Pop-Up In Town, the Union Square Holiday Market Is Now Open!


Shoppers at Union Square Holiday Market/

New York City has several of everything, including pop-up holiday shops, but we’re going to go ahead and say the Union Square Holiday Market is the one not to miss (and not just because we can walk there from Waterside)! With over 150 local as well as national vendors, selling everything from family-recipe French truffles to jewelry made from real flowers, the Union Square Holiday Market has that quality we really like in NYC: personality for days.

Mabrouk Imports at Union Square Holiday Market

Mabrouk Imports at Union Square Holiday Market/

The Union Square Holiday Market is open November 20 – December 24, 2014, but we recommend you go before the last-minute holiday shoppers descend so you can spend time strolling among the twinkling, red-and-white aisles, taking in the holiday spirit and probably some freshly sugared mini-doughnuts because who could resist? Also go by on a weekday night to best avoid the crowds–every kind of handmade, fair-trade, small-batch ware in art, jewelry, food, home decor, and gifts for men, women and children will be available for your browsing pleasure. The market is open Mon – Fri 11am–8pm, Sat 10am–8pm and Sun 11am–7pm.

Union Square Holiday Market

Union Square Holiday Market aerial view/

Xia Spa November 2014 Specials

xia spa november 2014 specials

There’s no cure for nasty weather like pampering. Check out Xia’s luxury manicure, pedicure and gel manicure specials this November.

Xia Spa is located at 25 Waterside Plaza, and is open Tues-Sat 10AM-8PM, Sun 10AM-7PM. Visit the website and contact the spa at (212) 689 0691 or for appointments.

Shake It Off: Free Zumba Classes at the Health Club in November!


Make like Taylor Swift and shake it off this month with FREE Zumba classes, Thursdays at 7:30PM at the Waterside Plaza Swim & Health Club! Led by a certified instructor, this “Latin-inspired, easy-to-follow, calorie-burning, dance-fitness party” is definitely more fun than a treadmill. Members and non-members are welcome to try the class out in November!

The Waterside Plaza Swim & Health Club is located at 25 Waterside Plaza, New York NY, 10010. You can learn more about the Health Club on their website and their Facebook page.

Waterside Community Center November Events


Kids’ shows in the Waterside Plaza Community Center. Credit: Tobias Batz

I think we can all agree: November is a drab month. Halloween is behind you and the holidays feel a long ways off. The best cure we know for cold, gray days? Plenty of cozy indoor time with friends, food, and fun. Following on the success of the Community Center’s October events, we’re pleased to invite you to chase away the November blues with some good times with your neighbors at our Community Center’s November Events. Located on the A Level in Building 40, the Community Center is open Monday-Friday, 10AM-4PM, and all are welcome!

Children’s Arts & Crafts

Children's Arts & Crafts


Fridays at 2PM: November 7, 14, 21: As anybody who has spent time with toddlers knows, kids are just bundles of creativity waiting to be unleashed. Help spark their imagination with our Arts & Crafts hour.

Name That Tune

Name That Tune

Mondays at 1:30PM: November 10 & 24. A true classic! You know the drill: we’ll play a tune, you guess the name of that song. Guess the most song names and you win!

Movie Trivia Challenge

Movie Trivia Challenge


Thursdays at 2PM: November 6, 13 & 20: So you think you know the moving pictures? Come test your cinema knowledge at our Movie Trivia Challange. Every week, the winning film guru takes home a prize!

Waterside Plaza Kids' Halloween Party!

Waterside Plaza Halloween Party 2014

Gather ye, all you little ghouls and goblins! It’s time for the Waterside Plaza Kids’ Halloween Party! Kids of all ages are invited to the annual bash held on Friday, October 31, from 6-8PM. The celebration takes place inside the Health Club and outside on the Plaza (weather permitting). Festivities include a costume contest at 7PM, interactive games, craft activities and face painting. The party is FREE and open to all Waterside children.

If you welcome trick-or-treaters this Halloween, don’t forget to post the Trick-Or-Treat Sign (below) on your door! Happy haunting, everybody!

Waterside Plaza Trick-or-Treat-Sign


A Photoblog Post: Here Comes the Sun at Waterside Plaza

Sun rising over Waterside's Plaza umbrellas.

Dawn rolls over Waterside’s plaza umbrellas

After a couple of miserable, gray days in New York City, the sun will come out tomorrow, just as little orphan Annie predicted! reports blue skies and 0% chance of rain through the weekend in the 10010 (Gramercy Park) zip code. Here are a few recent photos we took at sunrise to chase away the rainy day blues while you wait–you just “gotta hang on ’til tomorrow.”

Morning sun on the water, East River

Morning sun reflected on the water, East River

A quiet corner to watch the sunrise at Waterside Plaza.

A quiet corner to watch the sunrise at Waterside Plaza

A glorious morning sky over Queens

A glorious morning sky over Queens, NY

October Events at the Waterside Community Center


Kids’ shows at the Waterside Plaza Community Center. Credit: Tobias Batz

Waterside has always prided itself on being a peaceful enclave in a busy city. You could call our Community Center an enclave within an enclave. Located on the A Level in Building 40, the Community Center is open Monday-Friday, 10AM-4PM, and all residents are invited to stop by, and have a snack and a chat with your neighbors. This fall, Community Center Manager, Cynthia Lopez, has organized an array of activities to celebrate our community and history. Learn about the Community Center’s October events below and feel free to join in at any time!

October 6-10: Family Photo Week

The Community Center wants to decorate its walls with the memories that are important to you. This week’s theme is Family. Supply Cynthia Lopez ( with up to 12 photos of your family–children, grandchildren, siblings, any and all loved ones. The Center will post them for the week and then return them. The other themes for this month are Scenic Photos (October 20-24) and Vacation Photos (October 27-31).

Oct 8, 15, 22 & 29: Children’s Story Time Hour

Join the Community Center for Children’s Story Time on Wednesdays at 2PM. Participants will tell stories, sing songs, and put on other performances for community kids.This event is perfect for children ages 16 months to 4 years. The Center will provide various books to read to the children.

October 13-17: Recipe Exchange Week

The Center invites all residents to share an old recipe you’ve always enjoyed and take with you a brand new one to try out. There will be some fall recipes on-hand, and Center Management may organize some favorite recipes to be prepared by the Cafe for a follow-up event.

Electronic Recycling Day 2014


This Sunday, October 12, 10AM-2PM, the Lower East Side Ecology Center will be collecting working and non-working electronics outside on the Plaza to ensure environmentally safe recycling of all donations. At no cost to you, this is an easy way to responsibly recycle electronics you no longer need or want. Tax receipts are available upon request. You can see a list of acceptable items available here, and note the Center wipes all hard drives.

This year, the following specials are being offered to those who donate: 1) All participants are eligible to receive a $25 coupon and enter a raffle for a Macbook Air courtesy of event series sponsor Tekserve 2) Zipcar is offering a $15 coupon for all participants. This can be applied to driving credit for existing members or towards a membership for new members. For questions, email