Danny Meyer

Policy, Restaurants

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Union Square Hospitality Group CEO Danny Meyer announced that he will require proof of vaccination from staff and dine-in customers at all of his NYC and Washington D.C. full-service restaurants, which include Union Square Cafe, Blue Smoke, and Gramercy Tavern. “I’m not a scientist, but I know how to read data, and what I see is that this is a crisis of people who have not been vaccinated, and I feel strong responsibility, on our part as business leaders, to take care of our team and our guests, and that’s what we’re doing,” said Meyer in an interview this morning on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

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hudson yards, Restaurants

The Shed, Hudson Yards

Photo: Brett Beyer

When Hudson Yards opens on March 15th, New Yorkers will have plenty of big-name bites to nosh on, with 25 restaurant and food concepts from chefs like David Chang, Michael Lomonaco, Thomas Keller, Costas Spiliadis, as well as a massive Spanish food hall from José Andrés. And the latest to join the ranks is Union Square Hospitality Group‘s Danny Meyer (yes, the guy who brought you Shake Shack). The Wall Street Journal reports that Meyer will operate a 3,000-square-foot, 121-seat all-day cafe called Cedric’s on the ground floor of The Shed, Hudson Yards’ multi-use art center with a movable shell.

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Features, New Developments, Nomad, real estate trends, Restaurants

A nomad is defined as “a member of a community of people who live in different locations, moving from one place to another in search of grasslands for their animals.” But it would be hard to imagine any Nomad resident ever straying for grasslands beyond Madison Square Park. After a series of incarnations over the years, Nomad is now a super hip, bustling neighborhood from morning through night with residents, technology businesses (it’s now being referred to as “Silicon Alley”), loads of retail (leaning heavily toward design), great architecture, hot hotels, and tons and tons of food.

Named for its location north of Madison Square Park, Nomad’s borders are a bit fuzzy but generally, they run east-west from Lexington Avenue to Sixth Avenue and north-south from 23rd to 33rd Streets. Douglas Elliman’s Bruce Ehrmann says, “Nomad is the great link between Madison Square Park, Midtown South, Murray Hill and 5th Avenue.”

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Daily Link Fix

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  • Great White Sightings Off Rockaway Beach: Shark Week is a couple of months early this year, as a baby great white was caught (and released), and a a 10-footer was spotted… on the same day… by the same group of people. DNAinfo gives you the shocking details.
  • Girl Scouts President Gives Advice: No, it’s not a recipe for Thin Mints. FastCo. sits down with Girl Scouts President Anna Maria Chavez, who gives girls some great tips on life and success.
  • Proof That Math is Cool: Quick! Grab your kids! GIF makers are using mesmerizing (and possibly dizzying) images to show that math is fun. So, if your kid still thinks math isn’t fun, put him in front of this Gizmodo article and make him stare at it until he’s convinced… or just thrown into a trance.
  • Cooper Hewitt Museum Lets Visitors Draw on the Walls: That’s right. According to PSFK, visitors of the Smithsonian design museum will be able to relive their toddlerhood and create their own designs.
  • Union Square Cafe Not to Renew Lease: With NYC rents on the rise, Danny Meyer’s cafe is the latest restaurant to relocate. The NY Times has more details on the story.
  • New Rendering of Downtown’s New Beach: They’re bringing board games, beer gardens, and a mini-golf course to the East River waterfront and Bedford and Bowery will show you what it’s going to look like.

Images: Shark (left), Cooper Hewitt drawing (right)


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