The Square becomes a centre of activity for musicians, dancers, fencers, kids and buskers in the summertime, but in winter it’s main attraction is the organic market held four days a week. Farmers from around the vicinity of New York bring their fresh produce, from fish, vegetables, flowers, syrups, fruit to cheeses of various kinds.
Surrounded by shops, cafes and restaurants of a wide variety, the Breads Bakery is a must visit. It has the best almond croissant ever created, the famed chocolate babka, quiches and a wide variety of quality breads: caraway rye, walnut raisin, sourdough, multigrain, wheat and challah amongst others. And if you prefer to eat at the Bakery, there are enough tables and a variety of good coffees.
In the center of the square is a new and only restaurant called The Pavilion, which hosts pavilion seating and Tango musicians and dancing in the summers.
The four storied Barnes and Noble bookshop is the largest bookshop in Manhattan and often hosts book readings by notable authors of new books. With a large separate section for children’s books, its Starbucks Café on the top floor is spacious and comfortable. Paragon Sports, just round the corner, is large enough to have equipment for almost all sports, including footgear.
Two high quality food stores, Wholefoods, and the ever-popular Trader Joes with lines formed outside the store, attract a lot of traffic to the area.
The next piece will be on Gramercy Park and the Irving Place, areas in close proximity to the Union Square, but associated with intellectuals and bohemians of the nineteenth century.
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