|A view of Union Square |
(white tents are for the Holiday market)
weekend,Martin and I had the chance to explore and learn more about this lovely place as the Union Square Partnership offers a free walking tour on Saturdays: it was very interesting! The tour allows visitors and residents to discover the social and political history of the Union Square neighborhood through discussions about its people, history, architecture, etc.
Many of you must think that Union Square celebrates the Federal union of the United States; it is not the case. The name simply reflects the fact that two principal roads come together: Broadway and the former Bowery Road, now known as Fourth Avenue.
|The oldest buildings of the public square|
After the Civil War, the Union Square neighborhood became largely commercial before going through some more difficult years (our guide told us the square’s nickname in the 1990s was Needle Park). Some changes, for example the construction of residential buildings and hotels, allowed it to regain interest and occupation. Union Square is now a New York Highlight and is home to the city’s oldest and largest Greenmarket. It is also the courtyard for thousands of residents.
|Statue of Gandhi|
|Another beautiful statue|
|Some apartments built to improve the neighborhood|
are hiding beautiful old buildings
|The famous artwork of the square|