Union Square is a NYC park that houses a popular greenmarket and a holiday market with shopping, dining and entertainment in the neighborhood.
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Union Square sits above 14th St, the dividing line between Downtown and Midtown Manhattan. Broadway crosses the square and Park Avenue South starts here. University Place heads down into Greenwich Village, Washington Square Park and New York University (NYU).
The 14th St-Union Square subway stop is a major station. You can go uptown or downtown along the east side (4)(5)(6), along Broadway and the West Side (N)(R)(W) or Broadway and the East Side (Q), or crosstown to Williamsburg, Brooklyn (L).
Union Square Park
The bottom-center of the photo has that street character who dresses in plastic bags and cavorts around Union Square and the Village. Wow! Great picture Pavone!
Young people hang out in the plaza and on the grass. Lovers embrace on park benches. Children play in Evelyn’s Playground.
The park hosts a twice-a-week Greenmarket and a Holiday Market. The Union Square Greenmarket is filled with colorful fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers. In the fall, you can find more different types of potatoes than we’ve ever seen. The fingerlings make great snacks. The Union Square Holiday Market is a good place to take children to do their holiday shopping.
The restaurant in the pavilion with outdoor seating was once a Sex and the City location. It is currently Cafe Bocce which actually has a bocce court.
The square hosts International Workers Day and Labor Day celebrations, and the Disability Pride Festival. NYC’s Pride Parade and Dance Parade pass by.
Around Union Square
The streets that ring the square have some good shopping, dining and entertainment. It keeps changing.
A big Barnes & Noble anchors 17th St in the north.
On the northeast corner, the W New York Union Square (Union Square Hotel) has a popular bar.
The historic Tammany Hall and the Daryl Roth Theatre are on Union Square East (Park Ave). There’s a Whole Foods.
The big box stores including the DSW on 14th St provide great views over the square.
In the Neighborhood
Union Square is also a neighborhood. Live Nation produces rock concerts at Irving Plaza. The Paragon Sports up Broadway is one of NYC’s better sporting goods stores. The Garden of Eden Marketplace is a well-stocked neighborhood market.