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Time Out Says

4 out of 5 stars

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This park is named after neither the Union of the Civil War nor the labor rallies that once took place here, but simply for the union of Broadway and Bowery Lane (now Fourth Avenue). Even so, it does have its radical roots: From the 1920s until the early ’60s, it was a favorite spot for tub-thumping political oratory. Following 9/11, the park became a focal point for the city’s outpouring of grief. These days you'll find the lively Greenmarket in warmer months, holiday shops in the winter and a summer concert series for kids.

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14th St to 17th St between Union Sq West and Park Ave South
New York
Subway: L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St–Union Sq
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Urbanspace Union Square Holiday Market

One of NYC's best holiday markets is returning in November after a year away. The Urbanspace Union Square Holiday Market, the alfresco, European-style winter market with more than 150 local and national vendors, returns November 18. Organizers say it's going to be even better this year. "Not running our Union Square Holiday Market last year was devastating, but it makes this year even more special," says President Eldon Scott. "When November rolls around it's like a homecoming for us and for the vendors. You can feel the excitement for the start of a festive holiday season!" This year, expect to see New York Ukrainian favorite Veselka, Breezy Hill Orchard Cider and Piccolo Cafe as well as handcrafted art and wares include first-time vendor eMCee Apparel who will showcase her own twist on Jean-Michel Basquiat-inspired art with apparel that pays tribute to hip-hop icons as well as returning vendor Dash of Pep, a boutique creating unique apparel, accessories, and stationery promoting mental health, self-expression, and empowerment. Nick Heller (@NewYorkNico) will have his own booth that'll showcase Gizmo Vintage, Challah Dolly, Prince Peacock, Em and Ahr, and Dan’s Parents House for one week each.

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