Big Onion Tours presents: The Private and Public Worlds of Union Square

Janes Walk


Led By Seth Kamil, Big Onion; Lapham's Quarterly

In the surefooted guidance of Big Onion Tours, visitors are invited to explore the history and mythology of Union Square. Constructed as a residential district in the decades before the American Civil War, both were designed after London’s fashionable “garden squares”. This walk traces how Union Square grew into a communal urban gathering space, a site of commerce, entertainment, and public demonstrations. Stops could include: the Players Club, Block Beautiful, and the former Tammany Hall headquarters, along with sites associated with the Civil War Draft Riots, Emma Goldman, Stanford White, Peter Cooper, and Andy Warhol.


Walk will be brisk and mostly outdoors; indoor stops may or may not be ADA-accessible.

Location Information

RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.


Sunday, May 7, 2023
3:00 PM
Greater than 1 hour

Borough: Manhattan
Theme: Art & Architecture, History & Culture
Language: English
Tammany Hall on West 14th Street in Manhattan, 1914. Photo: Library of Congress, Irving Underhill.