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Flatiron Hot! News | October 16, 2017

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A Quick Stroll Through Union Square Park on a Sunny Fall Afternoon – Gardens, Sculpture, Green Spaces

A Quick Stroll Through Union Square Park on a Sunny Fall Afternoon – Gardens, Sculpture, Green Spaces
Tod Shapiro

Reported by Tod Shapiro for the Flatiron Hot! News

I had some free time on a bright and sunny Thursday afternoon while on my way to catch a show at the Classic Stage Company, namely the terrific revival of the Harnick/Bock classic “Fiorello!” As I made my way through Union Square Park, I was more than pleasantly surprised. Although Mad Square Park is our local park of choice for NYCSCC, Union Square Park is just a short 10-minute walk away, and it was absolutely radiant with flowers, green grass, luxuriant trees, and lots of wide open space and carefully tended gardens – every bit the equal of Mad Square Park! So hats off to the Union Square Partnership for their efforts to date. It just so happens that as I was walking through, the Union Square Park’s “Harvest in the Square” fundraiser was just getting started, and the crowds were lining up to get into the tents in the Park’s north end (where we usually see the green market) with lots of stations set up for food for the event. I made my way through the interior of the park and happily, as with Mad Square Park, it’s obvious that the lawns are being kept clear on select days to let it “rest.”

As I passed by, the open greensward around the flagpole was absolutely luxuriant, with no one in sight except along the paths and on the benches. I know that on other days, park goers sun bathe and camp out on the grass. Who says New Yorkers can’t stay off the grass? As I exited the park, I saw some interesting sculptures and street art that caught my attention. I met my companion at the ever-popular 5 Napkin Burger on 14th Street and Third Avenue, which had some incredibly delicious burgers and notable wall murals, before we made our way to “Fiorello!” All in all, a delightful stroll. Visit Union Square Park this fall, or at least check out this Flatiron Hot! News clip!