- Type: Attractions
NileGuide Expert Says:
One of New York's most eco-conscious neighborhoods, Union Square is home to the city's biggest greenmarket, organic powerhouses Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, and a variety of gyms, yoga and Pilates studios, spas, and alternative medicine practitioners.
- In the early 1800s, upscale townhouses and local theatres thrived in the area surrounding Union Square. In the 1850s and 1860s, factories and offices replaced the residences, and unionists and abolitionists held massive rallies here. In the 1920s, labor activists gathered, protested and rioted. As recent as the late 1980s and early 1990s, urban decay tainted the square and its surrounding areas. But today, a lovely park is the centerpiece of a chic neighborhood brimming with restaurants, upscale shops and retail giants. The Union Square Greenmarket takes place here.
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