Union Square Park

On an autumn evening in October, a view of Union Square Park from the east side shows the hustle and bustle of commuters during rush hour.
Commuters quickly cross Park Avenue from 15th Street. Two subway entrances with access to the 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, and R trains, plus a Starbucks, makes this a very busy intersection at all times of the day.
A group of tourists try to find their way amidst the speed-walking locals.
Other visitors to NYC opt for a guided tour on a double-decker bus in order to avoid getting lost among the crowds. Union Square is a popular location for bus tours to drive by.
A view from the west side of Union Square. The way Broadway curves around the park makes the buildings on the northwest corner appear to overlap.
The Union Square Farmer’s Market is one of the best places to buy fresh produce in NYC. In addition to fruits and vegetables, you can also buy fresh baked goods, honey and honey products straight from an apiary, and a variety of decorative flowers like orchids and hydrangeas.
Fresh peaches for sale at the Union Square Farmer’s Market. Farmers from all over New York state drive into The City to sell their seasonal, organic items.
Over on the south side of Union Square is the dog park, a local favorite. People without pets of their own often sit on the benches to watch puppies play. Here, a couple shares a moment while a Maltese barks at a squirrel, two labradors play fetch with their owner, and a lazy bulldog lays on its stomach letting out a combination of panting and snorting sounds.
A female silhouette feeds a squirrel across from the dog park. Another squirrel looks on with jealousy.
A dirty subway grate on the outskirts of the park. It is easy to observe that people will jump, push, or shove in order to avoid walking over one of these. Many report that they don’t walk directly on any grates for fear of falling through.
The corner of 15th Street and Irving Place is only one block away from Union Square Park. Interestingly, there is a noticeable contrast between the loudness and crowdedness of Union Square and the quietness and calmness of the surrounding streets.
A view of Park Avenue back on the east side of Union Square. Rush hour traffic has cleared a little bit, but the subway commuters are still running around trying to catch their trains.