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Union Square Greenmarket

New York

NY

USA

Contributed by 
Project for Public Spaces
 on 
December 23, 2014
December 14, 2017

What makes it Great?

Why it doesn't work?

Held four times a week, Union Square Greenmarket peddles a vast assortment of goods including freshly picked fruits, vegetables, heritage meats, award-winning farmstead cheeses, artisan breads, jams, pickles, flowers, wines, ciders, syrups and much more. The market hosts regularly scheduled events and activities including educational and culinary demonstrations. Most of all, it gives visitors a chance to see the other market-goers - all 60,000 of them. Union Square is centrally located near many subway and bus routes and is surrounded on all sides by restaurants, parklets, and stores. There are plenty of places to sit and rest in Union Square, making Union Square Greenmarket a rewarding destination for anyone and everyone.

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History & Background

Since its first day in 1976 with seven farmers, Union Square Greenmarket has grown to host 140 regional farmers, fishers, and bakers spread out over four days. Lining the plaza that surrounds New York City’s historic Union Square, the Greenmarket hosts tens of thousands of customers during its busiest times. The market also played a significant role in the revitalization of the entire Union Square district, driving that change from a run-down, abandoned neighborhood to a thriving business, residential, and tourist area. It is managed by GrowNYC, a nonprofit founded in 1970 that works with communities to raise ecological awareness through environmental education.

Related Links & Sources

Image credits: feministjulie via Flickr, Wally Gobetz via Flickr, Boortz47 via Flickr

Website: www.grownyc.org

Twitter: @UnSqGreenmarket

Facebook: facebook.com/UnionSquareGreenmarket

Instagram: @unsqgreenmarket

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