Union Square/East Village Hidden Gems The George Washington statue stands in front of the Union Square Park entrance. In 1860, at Cooper Union within East Village, Abraham Lincoln gave his famous Cooper Union Address. In Union Square today, whether it be street performers, vendors, or chess players, there is always someone to interact with. For the music lovers, just a few blocks over is Webster Hall. This landmark venue doubles as a nightclub; it opened in 1886. Your ears will be ringing with the sounds of a concert you’ll never forget, particularly if you’re a fan of tunes from the 80s and 90s. If music events aren’t your type of scene, the Strand Bookstore is the perfect getaway to sit with a hot cup of coffee and a good book in peace and quiet. The Strand Bookstore has been open since the 1880s and millions of people stop by everyday to find their perfect book. Saint Mark’s Place is another hot spot within East Village, which has it all- shopping, eating, and sightseeing- with a “grunge punk” vibe. Its Trash and Vaudeville shop has been providing Rock n Roll since 1975. Their rebellious nature made them the first to stock Doc Marten boots, which became an international symbol of rebellion. For the foodies, McSorley’s Ale House is one of the oldest taverns around; interestingly, women were only admitted to this pub after 1970.