This little square in Manhattan holds a special place in my heart. During the summer, I lived only 1 street away, so I often went to Union Square at night to walk, call family and friends, and people-watch. There was always something going on, and the busy little piece of concrete was like my second home away from home. I do not by any means “know-it-all,” but I would like to share some of my favorite places and moments from my times there. CAUTION: get ready for a picture-filled post!
There were always artists trying to “make it” around here.
The square hosted a myriad of events, some of them planned and other impromptu…
The Saturday morning farmers market was always a hit. I had briefly passed through it a few times, but now I wish I stopped to browse more thoroughly! There were all kinds of goodies, ranging from vegetables & fruit to flowers & house plants.
There were some really neat buildings around there. Take the Empire State, for example.
There were definitely some superb shopping around here. 5th ave was like my backyard!
The Strand Bookstore was one of my favorite places to pass time in:
And so was Forbidden Planet. It was like a haven for sci-fi and fantasy aficionados. I brought Christina here so that we could both geek out together!
For me, it was the people who made the square most interesting.
Though I took many photos, there were some moments not pictured: my friends and I exercising (in public!) during a free “boot camp” class, the Starbucks on 17th that I’d always edit my pictures in, striking up a 2-hour conversation with a hip-hop music producer in said coffee shop, petting cats and observing ghost shrimp in Petsmart…
Dang. I’m feeling the nostalgia coming in waves right now. Union Square is an awesome place, and I know that I’ll have to return some day!
Have you ever been to Union Square? Where are your favorite hangouts in New York?
Thanks for reading!