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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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Arlo SoHo CA $107
Arlo SoHo

Arlo SoHo

231 Hudson Street, New York, NY
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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.

    Arlo NoMad CA $134
    Arlo NoMad

    Arlo NoMad

    11 East 31st Street, New York, NY
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      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.

      Best Western Premier Herald Square
      Best Western Premier Herald Square

      Best Western Premier Herald Square

      50 W 36th St, New York, NY
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Midtown, this hotel is steps away from Empire State Building, 5th Avenue and Macy's. Times Square and New York Public Library are also within 10 minutes. 34 St. Station (Herald Square) is only a 4-minute walk and 42 St. - Bryant Pk. Station is 6 minutes.

        Hyatt Union Square New York CA $309
        Hyatt Union Square New York

        Hyatt Union Square New York

        134 Fourth Avenue, New York, NY
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          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.

          W New York - Union Square CA $345
          W New York - Union Square

          W New York - Union Square

          201 Park Ave S, New York, Ny 10003, New York, NY
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Midtown, this luxury hotel is steps away from Union Square Park and 5th Avenue. New York University and Washington Square Park are also within 15 minutes. 14 Street - Union Square Station and 14 St - Union Sq. Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            Freehand New York CA $121
            Freehand New York

            Freehand New York

            23 Lexington Ave, New York, NY
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of 5th Avenue and Flatiron Building. Empire State Building and Macy's are also within 1 mile (2 km). 23 St. Station (Park Av.) is only a 2-minute walk and 23 St. Station (5th Av.) is 6 minutes.

              The Sun House: Center of Union Square
              The Sun House: Center of Union Square

              The Sun House: Center of Union Square

              30 E 14th St, New York, NY
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Greenwich Village, this holiday home is steps away from Union Square Park and 5th Avenue. New York University and Flatiron Building are also within 10 minutes. Union Sq. - 14 St. Station is only a 2-minute walk and 14 Street - Union Square Station is 2 minutes.

                Quiet 1 Bedroom On Union Square CA $231
                Quiet 1 Bedroom On Union Square

                Quiet 1 Bedroom On Union Square

                104 East 17th Street, New York, NY
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Midtown, this apartment building is steps away from Union Square Park and 5th Avenue. New York University and Flatiron Building are also within 15 minutes. 14 Street - Union Square Station and 14 St - Union Sq. Station are within a 5-minute walk.