Union Square

Also known as: Union Square Park
Bounded by E 14th & E 17th Sts. and Union Square East & Union Square West, New York, New York


Street View 


Located in lower mid-town Manhattan, Union Square is nationally significant for the role it has played in American labor history. While the park has been the focal point for well over a century for parades, mass gatherings, soap-box orations, and demonstrations, its particular moment in history occurred on September 5, 1882, when the first Labor Day Parade took place. This marked the beginning of organized labor's twelve-year effort to secure passage of national legislation that would set aside one day each year to recognize the contributions and achievements of American laborers. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, December 9, 1997

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 9, 1997
Reference number
Area of significance
Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic functions
Outdoor recreation; Work of art (sculpture, carving, rock art)
Current functions
Outdoor recreation; Work of art (sculpture, carving, rock art)
Period of significance
Significant years
1882; 1894
Number of properties
Contributing sites: 1
Contributing objects: 4
Non-contributing structures: 3
Non-contributing objects: 5

Update Log 

  • April 21, 2017: New Street View added by Michael Miller