Union Square

Organic markets, soapbox orators, and obstinate chess players in a well-connected neighborhood.

A fine example of New York City’s unmatched diversity, Union Square brings together poets, professionals, protesters, and everyone in between. Anchored by its central plaza, Union Square extends into surrounding streets filled with a mix of corporate giants and neighborhood staples. Farmer’s markets and street performers add to Union Square’s cultural significance and popular appeal.

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On the Map

Union Square is within Manhattan and Flatiron District and bordered by Chelsea, East Village, West Village, Greenwich Village, and Gramercy Park

LaGuardia Airport: 20 minutes by cab with no traffic
JFK Airport: 30 minutes by cab with no traffic
Times Square: 11 minutes by subway
Wall Street / Financial District: 15 minutes by subway

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

New York City's Favorite Place to People Watch

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Another Reason to Celebrate Friday: Union Square's Farmer's Market

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Stolen Silence in the Heart of Union Square

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Thinking Outside the Square

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Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Julia Robbs

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Born and raised in France, Julia Robbs now calls Brooklyn, NY home. She attended college in Chicago, then moved to Atlanta to study photography before recently settling in what she thinks is the world's best city, New York. She loves capturing quiet details and small moments through her photography, and enjoyed discovering the little nuances that make up each unique neighborhood in NYC while shooting for Airbnb.