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Union Square

14th-17th Street, (Broadway and Park), New York City, NY 10001 (Manhattan)
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As featured in New York City on a budget
Ranked #141 of 847 attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Neighborhoods, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Parks
Activities: Shopping
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Union Square has a year-round greenmarket, where you can sample goods from local farmers. It also has several playgrounds, a lively holiday market,... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

With it's park, local market and shops Union Square has a real community feel to it. It's my favourite part of NY as it's less touristy and you can while away a few hours feeling like a native New Yorker.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We walked through Union Square park on a day when the market was in session. It seemed like a popular place for locals to come shop and hangout.

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New York City, New York
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171 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We were cutting through this park and sat for a while watching a father and daughter having a catch. Good people watching. The neighborhood offers many shops and restaurants, near Greenwich Village.

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Potomac, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Husband and I arrived past 8pm when the lawn closed, so we weren't sure if this is where the chess games are held, but there were still plenty of people sitting on park benches and still more gathered to watch the street performers. While we typically donate if they are entertaining, prepare to pay or be "guilted and publicly shamed"... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Great rest's nearby, entertainment in park, activities nearby, shopping, etc. Forget about Times Square if you want a true NYC experience

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I had a business trip recently to New York. I stayed at the W union square. The staff was helpful, especially the concierge with nearby restaurants. The farmers market nearby was a lot of fun to visit. The rooms were average for a nice hotel in New York. The problem was a very loud band that played outside the hotel... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We stayed at the W, with kids, and the park was a serendipitous find. Nice breakfast at the pavilion by the park, and an awesome playground with a small water feature and plenty of shade. Wonderful place to while away the indeterminate hours with kids. The park has a wonderful old world feel, reminds me of Buenos Aires, sort of... More

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Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Always an eclectic bunch of people down at Union Square, so well worth hanging out there for a while

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Minneapolis, MN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Sit under the trees or in the grass here for a few hours and enjoy all the sights you'll see! Amazing people watching of all kinds. A great break from life. The only down/up side is that there seems to be pervasive use of weed in/around this park. Lots of folks smoking up.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Union Square is nice to visit - but is most interesting & fun on days when they have their open Green Market stalls. The days were MWF & Sat when I was there, but check their website for current info. Interesting merchandise, and fun people watching.

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