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Union Square New York

With a colorful past and a vibrant, food-orientated present, this is an essential stop for New York visitors.

One of New York’s great public spaces, Union Square was a meeting point for impassioned activists who campaigned for civil and women’s rights and protested the Vietnam War. Today it’s alive with activity of a more commercial kind.

If social activism is Union Square’s legacy, food is its future. In the last few years, the area has become renowned for the Greenmarket where New Yorkers flock to buy fresh produce direct from more than 100 regional farmers. Held every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, the market is an excellent spot to grab a gourmet snack. In September, sample one of the many tasting dishes on offer at Harvest in the Square, a one-night celebration of food and wine when chefs from popular local restaurants whip up creations from regional produce.

As with many open-air attractions in New York City, what’s available depends on the season. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, browse the holiday markets, which are similar to the Greenmarket but with handmade ornaments, clothes, toys and jewelry. In the summer months, look for the free events, including fitness and yoga classes, baby discos for the younger family members and performances of salsa or hip-hop music. 

A simple walking tour of Union Square holds its own highlights, too; the space has four important memorials, including a bronze equestrian statue of America’s first president, George Washington — the oldest sculpture in the New York City Parks collection.  

Located just above the hip 14th Street thoroughfare in Downtown Manhattan and serviced by the city’s third largest subway station, Union Square is still a platform for free speech, with regular demonstrations and impromptu performances. It’s name, however, is actually a nod to the square’s central location at the union of Broadway and Park Avenue. Union Square is easily accessible by bus or subway.


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Hotel Pennsylvania ¥6,212
Hotel Pennsylvania

Hotel Pennsylvania

401 7th Ave, New York, NY
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Madison Square Garden, Macy's, and Empire State Building. Times Square and Broadway are also within 15 minutes. 34 St. - Penn Station (Fashion Av.) is only a 2-minute walk and 28 St. Station (7th Av.) is 4 minutes.

    The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City ¥11,451
    The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City

    The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City

    45 E 45th Street, New York, NY
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of 5th Avenue and Grand Central Terminal. Chrysler Building and St. Patrick's Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Grand Central - 42 St. Station is 5 minutes by foot and 5 Av Station (W. 42nd St.) is 5 minutes.

      PUBLIC, an Ian Schrager hotel ¥20,827
      PUBLIC, an Ian Schrager hotel

      PUBLIC, an Ian Schrager hotel

      215 Chrystie St, New York, NY
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Bowery, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of New York University, 5th Avenue, and Washington Square Park. Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Brooklyn Bridge are also within 2 mi (3 km). 2 Av. Station is only a 2-minute walk and Bowery St. Station is 5 minutes.

        The Westin New York Grand Central ¥11,754
        The Westin New York Grand Central

        The Westin New York Grand Central

        212 East 42nd Street, New York, NY
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Midtown, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Chrysler Building and Grand Central Terminal. 5th Avenue and United Nations Headquarters are also within 10 minutes. Grand Central - 42 St. Station is 9 minutes by foot and New York Grand Central Terminal Station is 9 minutes.

          YOTEL New York ¥9,914
          YOTEL New York

          YOTEL New York

          570 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Midtown, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Times Square and Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Broadway and Central Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Times Sq. - 42 St. Station is 12 minutes by foot and 34 St. - Penn Station is 14 minutes.

            The New Yorker A Wyndham Hotel ¥9,134
            The New Yorker A Wyndham Hotel

            The New Yorker A Wyndham Hotel

            481 Eighth Ave., New York, NY
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Times Square and Empire State Building. Broadway and Grand Central Terminal are also within 1 mi (2 km). 34 St. - Penn Station is only a 2-minute walk and 34 St. - Penn Station (Fashion Av.) is 3 minutes.

              Hotel Hendricks ¥10,551
              Hotel Hendricks

              Hotel Hendricks

              25 W 38th Street, New York, NY
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Midtown, this hotel is steps from New York Public Library and 5th Avenue. Madison Square Garden and Bryant Park are also within 5 minutes. 42 St. - Bryant Pk. Station is only a 5-minute walk and 34 St. Station (Herald Square) is 6 minutes.

                Grand Hyatt New York ¥13,278
                Grand Hyatt New York

                Grand Hyatt New York

                109 East 42nd Street, at Grand Central Terminal, New York, NY
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Midtown, this romantic hotel is steps from Chrysler Building and Grand Central Terminal. 5th Avenue and Bryant Park are also within 10 minutes. Grand Central - 42 St. Station is 6 minutes by foot and 5 Av Station (W. 42nd St.) is 9 minutes.