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Union Square Park

btwn Broadway & Union Sq E (btwn E 14th St & E 17th), New York, NY 10003
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    • 11:00 AM–7:00 PM
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    • 11:00 AM–8:00 PM
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  • "Good people watch spot and to pick up a game of chess with..." (32 tips)
  • "... Checkout the farmers market and street vendors." (24 tips)
  • Gossip Girl

    Meet at the Ghandi Statue, the one landmark in NYC, where the West side and the East side converge . . . and where D met his own Eastern-philosophy spouting pseudo-soul mate (Only in Your Dreams) Read more

    Gossip Girl · May 6, 2010

    Union Square is home to four historical monuments: Mohandas Gandhi, the Marquis de Lafayette, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. Can you find all of them?

    HISTORY · March 30, 2010
  • AT&T

    There's no excuse for a dead or dying mobile device in USP. While you're visiting this summer, power up at one of our #ATTStreetCharge solar-powered mobile charging stations. Read more

    AT&T · June 19, 2013
  • Crunch Gym

    Looking for healthy food finds? Then look no further. The Union Square Green Market has an array of fresh produce and organic treats. Support your local farmers on Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat. Read more

    Crunch Gym · August 19, 2010
  • Sarah

    Just people watch. It's hilarious.

    Sarah · December 3, 2009
  • The New York Daily News

    PHOTO: In 1943 Carlo Tresca, editor of anti-Fascist newspaper, Il Martello shot and killed at 15th St. and 5th Ave. See photo at the link. Read more

    The New York Daily News · January 8, 2011
  • Matthew K.

    Always busy, always awesome! Check out the Farmer's Market for some awesome fresh, local food! Always something art related going on too! Sit, relax, watch the street performers.

    Matthew K. · March 24, 2009
  • The Standard

    NY (See) If you have nothing planned yet for this week- we suggest to go and see FUERZA BRUTA which is a MUST! It is anamazing show De La Guarda.

    The Standard · March 10, 2011
  • The Corcoran Group

    Start your visit at the Greenmarket – where you’re likely to drop a lot of hard earned loot – and then visit the dog run, ending with the performers/college students at the south end of the park.

    The Corcoran Group · January 6, 2012
  • New York Habitat

    One of the City's best spots to people watch. Go on a Saturday afternoon, check out the busy Farmer's Market, and chuckle at some of the interesting characters you're bound to see.

    New York Habitat · November 2, 2011
  • Sundar G.

    Go to Union Square on Saturday afternoon. Checkout the farmers market and street vendors.

    Sundar G. · October 12, 2009
  • Advertising Week

    Don't be surprised if you see a few feathers flying up in the air, the first or second weekend in April, there might just be a pillow fight.

    Advertising Week · January 13, 2011
  • Stacey

    People watch, make new friends, listen to cool music, enjoy the chaos.

    Stacey · June 17, 2010
  • Songul A.

    Take advantage of the Sunny day

    Songul A. · March 24, 2010
  • Michael A.

    This place needs a skate park

    Michael A. · April 10, 2011
  • Ryan H.

    If you check too many times here, you end up with a badge saying you conquer playgrounds. This I didn't want.

    Ryan H. · March 23, 2010
  • Victor M.

    Phone Battery Dead? Check out the Solar Battery Docking Station for your mobile phone on Union Square West btwn 14th & 15th Streets!

    Victor M. · June 19, 2010
  • Sean G.

    the city's premier people watching spot

    Sean G. · May 23, 2010
  • NYC Parks

    LOTUS features Jaehyo Lee's signature crosscuts of Korean big-cone pine. He meticulously carved, shaped and burned the wood slabs that are attached to a steel armature.On display through October 2013. Read more

    NYC Parks · May 3, 2013
  • jon a.

    Go buy some organic stuff from local farmers if the green market is in town

    jon a. · May 13, 2010
  • Evelyn G.

    Free wifi!

    Evelyn G. · March 24, 2010
  • Kevin B.

    Go to the annual pillow fight here! bring a pillow and hit some people. Read more

    Kevin B. · March 19, 2010
  • NYC Parks

    Connect to "UnionSquareWiFi" for access to free wi-fi throughout Union Square, courtesy of Time Warner Cable. Read more

    NYC Parks · July 18, 2013
  • BlackNoble718

    I love the cultural diversity of this place, with observation you can see the many shades of humanity.

    BlackNoble718 · June 11, 2013
  • Joe M.

    Check out my sand paintings on Tuesday's Thursday's and Sunday's

    Joe M. · March 15, 2011
  • nymag

    The #TopChefFoodTruck will be on 14th Street near Union Square from 5pm serving Domilise’s famous Po-Boys, Jambalaya and Red Beans and Rice. First 16 check-ins receive a Top Chef hat!

    nymag · October 1, 2013
  • John C.

    One of the best things about NYC.

    John C. · May 23, 2010
  • Dan D.

    People-watch, but don't judge.

    Dan D. · August 28, 2012
  • New York Habitat

    This park has a great entertainment for you: breakdancing, skateboarding, street fairs and it's in the heart of a dynamic shopping area! Plenty of benches for you to relax & a dog friendly zone!

    New York Habitat · August 24, 2012
  • Alex G.

    Forget Times Square. This is the real crossroads of NYC.

    Alex G. · August 10, 2010
  • Megan K.

    the market is a must, be prepared to give a free hug.

    Megan K. · June 1, 2010
  • NYC Parks

    Bring your kids to Evelyn's Playground on the north side of the park. This playground is a magical oasis in the heart of one of the city's busiest spaces. Read more

    NYC Parks · February 23, 2012
  • Anna D.

    Great people watching. Spotty wifi. Whatever you do, don't get on the L train.

    Anna D. · June 24, 2010
  • Neil D.

    Get a couple fresh apple cider donuts. Eat them.

    Neil D. · March 24, 2010
  • Diane Y.

    The best place to people-watch in NYC!

    Diane Y. · July 25, 2010
  • E. Christopher T.

    While sitting on the benches, if there are any scraps of food near your feet kick them away immediately or prepare for totally unafraid birds and animals to basically corner you, lol.

    E. Christopher T. · June 18, 2010
  • NYC Single Mom

    Go to Union Square Playground - coolest new 15,000 square playground in downtown NY - Union Square Park at 16th Street. Take 4,5,6,N, R, Q, W Train to 14th Street exit onto 16th Street

    NYC Single Mom · April 7, 2010
  • Teresa W.

    did you know? Union Square was once a center for prostitution in the 1800s (male and female)

    Teresa W. · January 7, 2012
  • Brigitte V.

    Since 9/11, every political debate starts here!

    Brigitte V. · August 18, 2011
  • Renee F.

    The best time is at night when the square quiets down a bit. Just walk around and take in the openness around you. Very rare to get this much space in the center of everything.

    Renee F. · July 18, 2010
  • Mark J.

    Kick back and enjoy a seat while using the wifi :)

    Mark J. · June 30, 2010
  • Luna Park Coney Island

    Tired of the same old, same old? Hop the Q downtown to Coney Island and enjoy a day at the beach and a night at Luna Park.

    Luna Park Coney Island · May 31, 2012
  • al b.

    Best tip I can offer: don't come here

    al b. · August 25, 2012
  • coleen c.

    people watching. it's better than any fashion magazine!

    coleen c. · April 18, 2011
  • Isaac M.

    Teenagers cutting class, smoking "jazz cigarettes".

    Isaac M. · March 1, 2011
  • Capt Awesome

    Look out for the go naked kids

    Capt Awesome · June 25, 2010
  • Maxwell

    Sit here. There are benches.

    Maxwell · June 24, 2010
  • Cover

    Tarallucci E Vino, Corkbuzz, & Pure Food and Wine are among our favorite restaurants within walking distance. Pay with Cover to skip waiting for the check and have more time to enjoy the park.

    Cover · 6 days ago
  • Ken

    Good place to meet your informant.

    Ken · January 17, 2013
  • HashtagNYU

    A prime gathering spot for NYU upperclassmen. Ask about the 'Metronome' sculpture and clock above Duane Reade.

    HashtagNYU · December 11, 2012

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