PUBLISHED Mar 19, 2012
New York, NY / Culture / Good for Kids / Sights
The squares throughout New York City, from the parks like Madison to the shopping stops like Times, are filled with cultural reference points, grand architecture, and changes that span centuries. On this tour, we will take a look at the squares through the lens of the 1900s.
Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
1. Walk Under Washington Square’s Arch
Washington Square Park
1 5th Ave New York, NY, 10003
The marble arch that stands there today is actually a replacement built between 1890 and 1892 for a wooden one. The original arch was built in 1889 and was a celebration to the centennial of George Washington’s presidential inauguration.
Designed by architect Stanford White, the marble arch was inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, and, when they were erecting it in the park, they unearthed bodies and coffins dating back to 1803.
2. See the George Washington Statue from 1870’s
Union Square Park
30 E 14th St New York, NY, 10003
3. Browse the Farmer’s Market of Union Square
Green Market, Union Square
33 Union Square W New York, NY, 10003
Due to an excellent layout and location, Union Square has historically been a great place for local merchants to sell their products.
The Greenmarket offers all sorts of goods, such as produce, baked goods, wines and juices.
4. Stop by Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop for Lunch
Eisenberg Sandwich Shop
174 5th Ave New York, NY, 10010
Part of Eisenberg's old charm is that it still offers favorites from a bygone era - like egg creams. Despite the name though, egg creams don’t have any egg or cream in them. They are actually milk, seltzer, and chocolate syrup.
5. Appreciate the Flatiron Wonder of 1902 Today
The Flatiron Building
1 E 23rd St New York, NY, 10010
Daniel Burnham, the building’s architect, designed it of Renaissance architecture with Beaux-Arts styling.
6. Check Out the Many Faces of Madison Square Park
Madison Square Park
Madison Ave New York, NY, 10010
7. Check Out the Old Site of Madison Square Garden I & II
The New York Life Insurance Building
51 Madison Ave New York, NY, 10010
8. Enjoy Herald Square’s Journalistic History
19 W 31st St New York, NY, 10001
In Herald Square, the James Gordon Monument stands along 35th St. This mechanical clock was created by Antonin Jean Carles in 1895. It has sculptures of Minerva, the Goddess of Wisdom, a large bell that rings every hour, and bronzed laborers ringing the bell. The clock and sculptures are original pieces from the 1894 New York Herald Building, which was demolished in 1921.
9. Shop at Macy’s Large Presence
151 W 34th St New York, NY, 10001
10. Witnesses the Light Shows of Times Square
1475 Broadway New York, NY, 10036
Before its name and image, Times Square was a horse ranch-turned-economic hub known as Longacre Square (1898).
The New York Times celebrated their new building with fireworks on January 1st, 1905 at midnight; a tradition we continue today.
11. Enjoy Dessert with Junior’s
Junior's Cheesecake and Desserts
1515 Broadway New York, NY, 10036
Walk Under Washington Square’s Arch1 5th Ave, Manhattan, NY, 10003, US
See the George Washington Statue from 1870’s30 E 14th St, Manhattan, NY, 10003, US
Browse the Farmer’s Market of Union Square33 Union Square W, Manhattan, NY, 10003, US
Stop by Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop for Lunch174 5th Ave, Manhattan, NY, 10010, US
Appreciate the Flatiron Wonder of 1902 Today1 E 23rd St, Manhattan, NY, 10010, US
Check Out the Many Faces of Madison Square ParkMadison Ave, Manhattan, NY, 10010, US
Check Out the Old Site of Madison Square Garden I & II51 Madison Ave, Manhattan, NY, 10010, US
Enjoy Herald Square’s Journalistic History19 W 31st St, Manhattan, NY, 10001, US
Shop at Macy’s Large Presence151 W 34th St, Manhattan, NY, 10001, US
Witnesses the Light Shows of Times Square1475 Broadway, Manhattan, NY, 10036, US
Enjoy Dessert with Junior’s1515 Broadway, Manhattan, NY, 10036, US