union square |
union square is the center of the world: new york city is a miniature version of the world, 14th street is the major (non-touristy) nexus of new york, and union square sits centrally in 14th street. thus, union square is the center of the world.
with a craft market to satisfy creative needs, a farmers market to provide organics (over 250,000 customers a day), and a plethora of stores offering commonplace items like food, books, shoes, lotion and bicycle seats, where else would you go to fulfill the commercial mundanities of everyday life?
home to children, students, professionals, musicians, artists, farmers, skate-boarders, tourists, squirrels, dogs, and pigeons, this patch of open space brings together the best of the city. should you happen to visit, perhaps while running errands, you may discover musicians spreading their sound, chess players feigning focus, film students working on their latest assignments, wendel (the homeless fashion designer) yelling at people, skaters making narrow dodges, artists designing with chalk, protesters using megaphones, performance artists using megaphones, advertisers spinning signs, tourists photographing the ghandi statue, locals sharing hot chocolate, squirrels facing off with pigeons, or even the world’s largest pillow fight.
union square has historically been a meeting place for the city, with many mass-movements starting or ending there. many friends and couples follow this theme and the square’s steps are the perfect place for some meditation while you wait for the other’s arrival. there are always people filling these stairs, so while you wait, you are in the presence of so many different stories. you can fully enjoy the magic which brings the world to union square.
this is my favorite place in new york city