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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.

Webster Hall for music lovers –

For the music lovers, just a few blocks over are 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.

Enjoy Cofee & a good book at The Strand Bookstore

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 every day to find their perfect book.

Shopping, Eating, Sightseeing at Saint Mark’s –

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.

Union Square/East Village

GETTING THERE

You can reach this neighborhood by 4, 6, L, or F subway lines or by M1, M2, M3, M4, or M5 buses.

LOCALS LOVE

Strand Bookstore, Max Brenner's, McSorley's Ale House, Webster Hall, St. Mark's Place

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