Union Square Park

Located between Broadway to the west, 14th street to the south, 4th Ave to the east, and 17th Street to the North. Once the home to heroin deals and junkies, USP is a yuppie heaven. But don't let that stop you. On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, visit the Green market, the largest organic produce market in the city. It is a treat to visit and people watch, and you can also get great deals on veggies, flowers, fruit, jams, wine, and baked goods. The park is a nice place to watch squirrels scamper about, read a book, or enjoy a cup of coffee. Also: one of the best second hand book stalls is located on the west side of the park. They also have records, stills, and oodles of funky postcards.

Commentary by Heather Babb, Monday, January 25, 1998.