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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 is street performers, vendors, or chess players, there is always someone to interact and connect with.

For the music lovers, just a few blocks over is Webster Hall. Opened in 1886, this landmark venue doubles as a nightclub. It is constantly filled with the sounds of a concert you’ll never forget, especially 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 every day 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.

 

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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