There’s a lot of action in Union Square’s namesake park, where dog lovers and chess players strut their stuff, activists speak their minds and break-dancers and skateboarders spin and shred. It’s the site of the much-loved Union Square Holiday Market and a year-round Greenmarket (open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday). The surrounding neighborhood contains the historic and massive Strand Bookstore, plus storied concert venues Webster Hall and Irving Plaza. If you swing by, you’ll never be bored.
This hub of downtown activity offers public art, shopping and live music.
Wine is obviously the focus of this Union Square destination, but the actual space is many things: a wine-centric restaurant, where sommeliers, chefs, winemakers and drinkers come together to share a love of wine; a place to take classes for fun and to prepare you for a professional career in wine; an event space where you can host dinners and parties; and a wine bar for meeting up and enjoying brunch, dinner, dessert, clambakes or cocktails.
The Lillie who inspired this opulent new cocktail bar and eatery is Lillie Langtry, the famous British actress, muse and friend of Oscar Wilde, who lived from 1853 to 1929 and collected a stable of high-profile lovers, including Prince Louis of Battenberg and King Edward VII.
This neighborhood Italian restaurant features handcrafted pastries every morning, grilled panini on homemade focaccia and salads at lunch, and fresh pastas and locally and seasonally inspired Italian plates at night.
Grammy Award–winning singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper and four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein coauthored this musical comedy, based on the 2005 indie film hit of the same name. A young man (aided by a wise, witty drag queen) saves his family’s struggling shoe business by producing sexy women’s shoes…for men.