Favorite Places I’ve Been: #5. Union Square

I love Union Square. If I find myself in the city with nothing to do, I always head to this area and I always find something. If I’m lucky enough to remember on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday, I get to go to my especially favorite “place”: the Greenmarket. A year-round event, the Greenmarket hosts all kinds of vendors: fresh produce, herbs, plants, cheese, baked goods, handmade pasta, honey, organic meats–even random ones like ostrich eggs. Plus my personal obsession…maple candy.

A personal favorite- VISIT THEM! Photo credit: CBS New York
A personal favorite- VISIT THEM! Photo credit: CBS New York

During the colder months, I would go to the Greenmarket before volunteering on Saturday mornings, pick up a $1 cup of hot apple cider, and pretend to be buying cheese while getting madd delicious samples.

There is just something about a plump red tomato that makes me feel all rosy about the state of humanity. Dunno why.

mm. beefsteak.
mm. beefsteak.

Union Square is also the only place you might encounter impromptu gypsy dance parties and shenanigans like these:

Sabrina and an abnormally enthusiastic puppy play the mirror game.
Sabrina and an abnormally enthusiastic puppy play the mirror game.
Syd and Sabrina join a dance party that began out of nowhere.
Syd and Sabrina join a dance party that began out of nowhere.

 

They do other awesome things like collect compost and fabric scraps- visit http://www.grownyc.org/compost to find out more.

In the winter, there is a holiday boutique (there are also ones in Herald Square and Bryant Park). The seasons may change, but the spirit always stays the same here.

On an awesome note, tonight I’ma be hanging with my amazing friend Shelley who studied abroad with me in Israel. We’ll be out on the town in Williamsburg- updates to come!

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