Union Square: Union Square Park
Anyone looking for apartments near Union Square Park should take a look at our nearby Stuy Town Community. Union Square is one of the most historic and important intersections in Manhattan. It was named Union Square because it was the location where the two main thoroughfares in the city, Broadway and the Bowery Road - which is now Fourth Avenue - met. It is adjacent to several well-known neighborhoods, including the Flatiron District, Chelsea, Greenwich Village and East Village. The following is a little bit of history about Union Square Park:
The Establishment of Union Square Park
Because of the strange angle of the roads, the Commisioners' Plan of 1811 made the decision to create a square at the union. What was a former potter's field became a public commons in 1815 known as Union Place. In 1832, it was decided that the commons should be enlarged and renamed Union Square. In 1842, a fountain was constructed in the center of Union Square in order to receive water from the Croton Aqueduct. Once the Union Square area began to fill up with more affluent homes, the surrounding streets were paved and more planting took place within the square park. Union Square Park was the site of the first Labor Day parade, which resulted in it being designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1997.
The First Commercial Theater District
In the beginning of the 1870s, the Rialto was located around Union Square. It wasn't until later that the Rialto re-located to less expensive uptown neighborhoods where the current Theater District is now located. However, prior to the Civil War, the majority of the city's theaters were located along Broadway and the Bowery up to 14th Street.
Union Square Park Today
Union Square Park remains one of the most active spots in the city, in part due to the fact that many of the borough's main subway lines meet at the Union Square station. In 2008, Union Square Park underwent extensive renovations that took 18 months to complete. The renovations included the improvement and addition of playground space, the renovation of the bandshell structure and the overall quality and function of the public plaza. The following are a few of the things that residents of our Stuyvesant Town apartment community can find today at Union Square Park:
- Chess - Union Square Park has also become known for its chess games. Whereas public chess games were once most common in Washington Square Park, chess players soon moved to Union Square Park due to the amount of foot traffic it experienced. Dozens of chess players challenge the public to games on a daily basis.
- Union Square Greenmarket - On every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, you'll be able to enjoy the Union Square Greenmarket where regional farmers sell thousands of varieties of fruits and vegetables. The Greenmarket is quite