Volume 80, Number 50 | May 12 - 18, 2011
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Focus on Union Square | A special Villager supplement

Heard in the Square
Convenience to composting, a place that has it all

INTERVIEWS AND PHOTOS BY JEFFERSON SIEGEL

Union Square Park, Sat., May 7.

MANNI LEE, LOWER EAST SIDE

What do you like about Union Square?
It’s pretty natural compared to the rest of New York. It’s less urban in the heart of an urban area. It’s also very family friendly.

How often do you come to Union Square?
About once a week, mostly to drop off my compost and do shopping.

What’s your favorite thing here?
Definitely the children’s playground and the Farmers’ Market.

Why do you come to Union Square and not another park?
For me it’s convenient. Everything here meets that need. Children can have fun, there’s no sense of having to rush. It slows down your pace a little bit.

MANJA DUFFY, LOWER EAST SIDE

What do you like about Union Square?
It’s an oasis. The tranquility, the people-watching, the dog run and the Greenmarket.

How often do you come to Union Square?
At least once a week.

What’s your favorite thing here?
The Lower East Side Ecology Center compost table because it allows me to get the scraps out of my kitchen.

Why do you come to Union Square and not another park?
It’s just the right distance for walking and back, and it has everything I need to do every week.

HARUN SINHA, HELL’S KITCHEN

What do you like about Union Square?
It’s got a park and Greenmarket and a train station.

How often do you come to Union Square?
Every weekend, at least.

What’s your favorite thing here?
I like the park. There’s room for the market, you can sit around, also the art vendors.

Why do you come to Union Square and not another park?
We live close to Central Park but they don’t have the composting.


NATALIE JEREMIJENKO (HOLDING A BAG OF COMPOST-ENRICHED SOIL), GREENWICH VILLAGE

What do you like about Union Square?
What is there not to like?
How often do you come to Union Square?
Twice, three times a week.

What’s your favorite thing here?
The Greenmarket has taken back the controversial pavilion. Right now, it’s a beautiful public education space. Kids are in there drawing and cooking.

Why do you come to Union Square and not another park?
It’s the markets, it’s the crossroads, it’s the diverse activities.


ALAN BERNSTEIN, CHELSEA

What do you like about Union Square?
I love the Greenmarket. I walk to work every morning and see the Greenmarket and it puts me in a good mood.

How often do you come to Union Square?
Every day I walk through it on my way to work.

What’s your favorite thing here?
I love the flowers, the events in the south end. It’s fun to watch the park being used fully. It’s a real multiuse park.

Why do you come to Union Square and not another park?
The Greenmarket. During the week it’s nice to eat my lunch here.


RENATA MORGENSTERN, EAST VILLAGE

What do you like about Union Square?
It’s a real Downtown Manhattan thing. The scene, the neighborhood people that come here, the Greenmarket.

How often do you come to Union Square?
I walk by it three to four times a week.

What’s your favorite thing here?
The vegetable stands, the art vendors.

Why do you come to Union Square and not another park?
It’s in my neighborhood. It’s a park and more.

 

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