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Union Square

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Flatiron District
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Address: 14th-17th Street, (Broadway and Park), New York City, NY 10001
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Shopping
Description: Union Square has a year-round greenmarket, where you can sample goods from...
Union Square has a year-round greenmarket, where you can sample goods from local farmers. It also has several playgrounds, a lively holiday market, and benches where you can watch a slice of New York go by.
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The location of Union square makes it unique. They say that if you can't find something in a shop around Union Square, it might not exist.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2015
Mexico City, Mexico
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Mexico City, Mexico
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398 reviews 398 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

The location of Union square makes it unique. They say that if you can't find something in a shop around Union Square, it might not exist.

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London, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Exited the subway here and didn't straight away notice. It's a nice little area. Wouldn't go out of my way to visit though.

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Bunbury, Australia
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135 reviews 135 reviews
35 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

What an interesting park to visit. On the day in June that we stumbled across this park by accident, we really enjoyed watching the fella on the park bench feeding the 50 odd pigeons that were sitting on his head, lap, arm, basically he was covered in pigeons. There are squirrels everywhere and he hand fed them walnuts which was... More 

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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195 reviews 195 reviews
72 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Good place to relax in NYC and also view lots of people! My kids enjoyed the playgrounds while my wife and daughter enjoyed sitting on the bench and enjoying the nice views. Lots of street vendors in this area as well as shops all around the square. Fun for the whole family!

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Tucson, AZ
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371 reviews 371 reviews
124 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

I enjoy Union Square, particularly for the Christmas markets but the Farmer's Market that is there regularly is also fun with fresh produce, flowers and more. There are a number of statues in the area, a nice playground for kids and some interesting shops around the area. There is often live entertainment, not only in the designated area but also... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Stayed here in NY2014/15... The square is nice... we even saw a little "farmers market" setup there on Saturday morning with interesting artisan products. The subway junction there is excellent and gives you lots of options!!!

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New York
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

As squares in NY go it's not bad, however im partial to a couple others around Greenich and NYU. Still worth a visit. Solid food around, nice street art, a couple good shoe shops, sure why not. :)

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Brisbane, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We loved walking through Union Square each day from our hotel to the subway. Found ourselves some days wandering through the Christmas markets and also the fresh food stalls. Loved watching the squirrels play in the park!

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Studio City, CA
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This is a yearly favorite that I have not missed since leaving NY. While it can be quite crowded most of the time, the vendors are unique and fun. If you are looking for a fun gift, or just want to peruse and people watch, you will find it at the market. There are also several food vendors serving up... More 

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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41 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Love this place at Christmas. Just like Bryant park, there is great food and drink on offer, the market sells all kinds of knick knacks...its in a great location, the atmosphere is wonderful......and it also has a great fruit and veg market. A real must see when in New York, and an absolute must in the run up to Christmas,... More 

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Flatiron District
Offering many of the city’s best restaurants and shops set amid classic New York architecture, the Flatiron District is no longer under the tourist radar. At 23rd Street is the famous triangular Flatiron Building, which makes a good picture no matter what angle you photograph it from. Be sure to look up at the elegant architecture as you stroll the streets - much of this neighborhood is part of a historic district that was home to many of the city’s most famous department stores at the turn of the century. At the northern end of the neighborhood, Madison Square Park is best known for being home to a famous burger shack, but it can also be a quiet refuge to spend an afternoon, and it frequently hosts interesting public art exhibits. In the lower part of the Flatiron District you'll find Union Square, a bustling crossroads at all times of day and night.
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