UNION SQUARE. This grassy enclosure is surrounded by some of Manhattan’s best restaurants and boutiques. The park, designed in the first half of the 19th century, is home to the popular Greenmarket, where you can buy flowers, plants, and produce of all types. From Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, a bustling holiday market carries everything from designer handbags to handcrafted ornaments. Historically, the square has been the setting for political rallies and street-corner orators, much like Speaker’s Corner in London; in recent times, it hosted candlelight vigils honoring victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
TRAIN: 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, W to Union Sq-14th St
AddressPark Ave at Broadway, New York, NY 10003