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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.
Located in Manhattan, this boutique hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of New York University, One World Trade Center, and National September 11 Memorial. Federal Reserve Bank of New York is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) away. Canal St. Station (Varick St.) is only a 2-minute walk and Canal St. Station (W. Broadway) is 6 minutes.
Located in Midtown, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Empire State Building, Madison Square Park, and Macy's. 33 St. Station (Park Av. S) is only a 4-minute walk and 28 St. Station (Park Av. S) is 5 minutes.
Located in Manhattan, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of New York University, 5th Avenue, and Washington Square Park. Union Square Park and Bleecker Street are also within 1 mi (2 km). 2 Av. Station is only a 4-minute walk and Delancey St. Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of 5th Avenue, Empire State Building, and Madison Square Garden. The High Line Park and Chelsea Market are also within 1 mi (2 km). 28 St. Station (7th Av.) and 28 St. Station (Broadway) are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of New York Times Building, Times Square, and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Broadway and New Amsterdam Theater are also within 10 minutes. Times Sq. - 42 St. Station is 6 minutes by foot and 42 St. - Bryant Pk. Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of 5th Avenue, Empire State Building, and Madison Square Garden. Chelsea Market and Times Square are also within 1 mi (2 km). 23 St. Station (7th Av.) and New York 23rd St. Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of 5th Avenue and Flatiron Building. Union Square Park and Empire State Building are also within 1 mi (2 km). 23 St. Station (Park Av.) is only a 2-minute walk and 23 St. Station (5th Av.) is 6 minutes.
Located in Union Square, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of 5th Avenue and Union Square Park. New York University and Washington Square Park are also within 15 minutes. 14 St - Union Sq. Station is only a 2-minute walk and Union Sq. - 14 St. Station is 2 minutes.