Written by: Alex Gold
Located between 14th and 17th street along Broadway and Fourth avenue, Union Square Park is one of Manhattan’s most popular spots.
First named Union Place, the park was deemed a part of New York City’s public space in 1815. In the years since, statues have been constructed of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Marquis De Lafayette and more.
Union Square has been a hot bed for social activism and demonstrations, exemplifying the freedom these political titans dreamed about.
Notably, the first Labor Day celebration was executed by over 10,000 workers in 1882 at the park.
In the 21st Century, Union Square has developed a large chess playing community as well as free WiFi for its visitors.
Multiple massive farmers’ markets known as Greenmarkets have also become extremely well attended showing New Yorkers’ willingness to embrace local businesses and the outdoors.
The USP is a great destination to engage in a buzzing marketplace or simply sunbathe on the lawn. This versatility is one reason why Union Square Park has remained relevant for two centuries.