Union Square: Prism of the City

Janes Walk


Led By Filippo Vanni AND Jean Yoon, Lapham's Quarterly

This in-person guided group walk explores the multifaceted history of Union Square. We’ll take a close look at its plazas and monuments, including the statue of Abraham Lincoln and the Tammany Hall Building, and touch upon the rich history of the Square as a site of political activism. On Friday’s tour, we’ll take a close look at the Greenmarket and its evolution; on Sunday’s tour, we’ll hear from representatives of the Union Square Partnership about the Union Square Vision Plan and next steps for this essential ‘prism of the city’, and we’ll end the tour with a close-up look at the Center for Jewish History’s Emma Lazarus exhibit.


This walk would access Union Square Park through the southern entrances, which offer wheelchair-accessible ramp entrances that disabled tour participants can use to join the group. We will walk at an easy pace and stop frequently.

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
1:00 PM
Greater than 1 hour

Borough: Manhattan
Theme: History & Culture
Language: English
Manhattan's Union Square. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, chensiyuan. Modifications: photo cropped.