UNION, NJ – Union Center is kicking off its reopening with free breakfast, fitness classes, outdoor dining and more beginning Thursday, June 18.  Stuyvesant Avenue, from Vauxhall Road to the cannon at Johnson Place will be shut to vehicular traffic from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 18, 19 and 20 and Thursday through Saturday, June 25, 26 and 27.

According to Union’s Economic Development and Special Improvement District (SID) Director Fatimah Raymond, there will be plenty of temporary extended outdoor dining spaces adjacent to parking lots, streets and sidewalks.   

BREAKFAST

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Beginning Thursday, June 18, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., free coffee, pastries and breakfast sandwiches will be available from the following Union Center eateries:

  • Blue Ribbon Bakery
  • Jammed Up Bakery
  • Conca D’Oro Italian Pastry Shop
  • Emily’s Portuguese Bakery
  • Brooklyn Pizza

FITNESS

A wellness component has also been added, said Raymond, that will bring socially distanced yoga and zumba classes to the street.  Space is limited; reservations required.

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

  • YOGA IN THE STREET

In front of Crow & the Coconut Yoga Studio, 1016 Stuyvesant Avenue

  • ZUMBA IN THE STREET

In front of Blue Ribbon Bakery, 988 Stuyvesant Ave.

Space is limited, reserve your spot

“We have just about every kind of restaurant that you could imagine within reach in Union Center,” said Raymond.  “You can explore delectable bits from around the world from West Africa, Portugal, Brazil, South American, Vietnamese, Soul Food with Haitian influence, Italian, Asian, Mexican, American, and many others.”

DINING

Outdoor seating, including at Columbus Park, will be available at the following dining establishments:

  • Blue Ribbon Bakery
  • Cioffi’s Italian Restaurant
  • Gusto y Sabor 
  • PhoWay
  • Garden City Restaurant
  • NoodleFan
  • EL Chigon Tex-Mex Rest.
  • Sabor de me Tierra

Union Farmer’s Market, 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. 

The Farmer's Market will be held for the next two Thursdays (June 18 and June 25) on Stuyvesant Avenue, near Cioffi's Restaurant, with vendors Alstede Farms, LATIN BITES, Tasteofpolandnj, Jammed Up Bakery, and Yes!! Coffee Truck.

ENTERTAINMENT – Columbus Park

  • Richie Oliveria – June 18 through June 20, from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Daniella Ilario - June 25 through 27 from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Stuyvesant Park Street Shows:

  • Gym for Kids (3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in front of their store)
  • Performances by various local dance and fitness studios.
  • Stiltwalkers (1:00 – 5:00 p.m.)
  • OMG Bubbles (1:00 – 5:00 p.m. by Magic Fountain)