Union Square

While away the hours watching men in caps play chess and protesters rabble-rouse in NYC’s endlessly dynamic Union Square.

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 Flatiron District and Manhattan and bordered by Gramercy Park, Greenwich Village, West Village, East Village, and Chelsea

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

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

New York City's Favorite Place to People Watch

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There are lots of restaurants, bars in the area and always something happening at Union Square where you can meet celebrities, farmers or a bunch of fixie bike messengers."

Olivier

Visited in 2013

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

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The location is very safe with the whole area buzzing into the early hours."

David

Visited in 2013

Stolen Silence in the Heart of Union Square

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Thinking Outside the Square

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Photography

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

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.

Julia Robbs

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