Union Square Park, Manhattan

Address: Bounded by 14th Street on the south, Union Square West on the west side, 17th Street on the north, and on the east Union Square East
Constructed: Opened in 1831
LPC Action: Calendared 1977
LPC Backlog Hearing: Removed from the calendar without prejudice

Union Square is named for the original confluence, or union, of Bowery and Bloomingdale Road (now Broadway). Union Square Park was originally a potter’s field and opened in 1831 as a park. The park was redesigned by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1872. Throughout the centuries it has served as a base for organizing and community events, and most recently the Greenmarket. A National Historic Landmark, it is one of New York City’s most iconic public gathering spaces.


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