The Union Square Community Coalition (USCC) was
established in 1980 to reverse the dramatic deterioration
of Union Square Park due to years of municipal neglect
and to help return it to its historically significant role
as one of the great open spaces in New York City. USCC
was among the first community groups in NYC created to
protect a city park. For almost thirty years, it has been
fighting to protect park use for children and the community
around Union Square.
In addition to park issues, we monitor development and zoning laws that impact
the area. We work to maintain an environment low in density to preserve the light,
air and green space that characterize the park's unique neighborhood. We help
preserve the architecturally and historically significant buildings on and in
the vicinity of the Square, which give the area its character and identity. We
support the concept of historic districts in the environs of the Square.
USCC informs interested residents and businesses on issues in support of community
improvement. We respond to the community's needs by working with elected officials,
neighborhood groups, organizations and local Community Boards.
As the neighborhood has changed from commercial to residential we help to ensure
the park reflects the needs of the community for people of all ages. Years of
advocacy to increase playground space and oppose the Union Square Partnership's
privatization of the park’s historic pavilion has resulted in a plan that
dramatically increases children's play space and has prevented a year-round restaurant
from being built. We are now campaigning and litigating for the restoration of the historic
Pavilion. We wish to prevent it from being converted into an upscale restaurant in a
restaurant-saturated area, to keep it out of private hands, and to ensure that it is
used primarily as an activity area for children and for other members of the community.