Photo: Brittany Petronella
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.