Where Park Ave ends and the fun begins. Union Square sits at a crossroads of all sides of NYC. It’s a center of student life, business, entertainment, and fashion. The square itself is a hub for local artists, entertainers, a farmers' market, and some of NYC’s craziest characters. And it has almost every subway you could need.
Who lives here: Wealthy creatives, startup geniuses, NYU students whose parents have too much money
Average one-bedroom rent: $3,800/mo
Bar and restaurant scene: As the meeting place of the East Village, Greenwich Village, Gramercy, and the Flatiron, Union Square is jam-packed with bars and restaurants, making the choices overwhelming. Visit Bar 13 for a rooftop decked out with palm trees and a happy hour that lasts until 8pm. For a quintessential NYC bagel hit up Murray’s Bagels, and if it’s something like delicate sushi that pleases your palate, then it has to be 15 East. Check out the rest of our Union Square picks here.
Public transit situation: The 4,5,6 and N,Q,R lines all run direct into Union Square. But if it’s further along 14th St you need to be, take the L line that runs straight across from 1st Ave to 8th Ave, connecting you to lines like the F,M at 6th Ave, 1,2,3 at 7th Ave, and the A,C,E at 8th Ave.
Quote from a resident: “Living near Union Square is incredible because you’re in the heart of it all -- restaurants, bars, theaters, stores, people from all walks of life... just steer clear of the ones on skateboards.”