14th Street is now pesticide free, at least at 4 Union Square South, one of the multiple locations of a Manhattan Whole Foods, the largest retailer of natural and organic foods. Those looking to protect themselves and their environment find these stores a welcome addition with breads made from scratch, green cleaning supplies and organic baby items.
Union Square Neighborhood Guide
Most people live in Manhattan for the location. And if you are someone who wants to be in the midst of it all, 10 East 13th Street is a great option.
Let’s talk about the apartments first though (then we’ll get to the area). The units at 10 E 13 are competitively priced for what you get. You’ll find unique layouts – from loft-like studios to triplexes with saunas and a penthouse duplex with skylights, a spiral staircase and enough private outdoor space to put up a volleyball court. You’ll also get high ceilings and hardwood floors, plus many units have outdoor space.
You really have so few rental choices if you love the Union Square location. If your passion is to entertain and your idea of abundance is to have that distressed twelve person dining room table figure prominently in any gathering though, then I think you have found it!
Can you imagine having a row of three enormous east facing windows overlooking Union Square as you prepare your latest feast with organic produce purchased just outside your front door?
Trader Joes is a most welcome addition to the new group of stores near the Union Square Park on East 14th Street between 3rd & 2nd Avenues. If you’re not familiar with this chain, you may be put off by a line that forms at the far rear of the store that winds its way to one of the many check-out counters, but it moves quickly and is worth the few minutes of waiting time.
The Victoria is a premier co-op building in the heart of Union Square, just steps from all transportation, great restaurants, shops, gyms, and parks. Enjoy the convenience of having the city’s best grocers close by including Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, the Union Square Greenmarket and Garden of Eden. The location is really an ideal central location, with subway and bus transportation right there. The building offers a 24-hour doorman, on-site valet, and garage. Units range is size from studios, one bedrooms, and two bedrooms. Renovations vary depending on the owner, but most are very spacious and have generous closet space.
The development of Zeckendorf Towers can be credited with being the start of the dramatic renaissance of the Union Square area. The construction of this full-block complex in 1987 also anchored the emergence of Park Avenue South and the Flatiron District as hot downtown areas. The four-tower condominium replaced several low-rise buildings. The city has since renovated Union Square Park and its subway concourses. With Gramercy Park also nearby, and the Union Square farmer’s market, the neighborhood has really become a prime area in Manhattan. The development of 1 Irving Place, and the effects it has had, is a demonstration of how one major project can turn a neighborhood around.
If you want to rent in Union Square proper, you really have three choices 145 Fourth Ave, 1 Union Square or the Zeckondorf Towers.
While 145 Fourth Ave. is not cheap - with studios starting at about $2,800 - you do get bang for your buck here. I especially like the “A” line which is oversized and has great views looking south down Fourth Ave.
Once the headquarters of Tiffany & Company, 15 Union Square West, has been converted and redesigned into 36 residences. Having a personal interest in Union Square Condo projects, I find 15 USW to be a very unique building that has a lot to offer. The design required the construction of an additional six floors atop the original structure. This additional construction takes the form of cubes, set at different angles, creating amazing views of the city. Each apartment on these top six floors will have outdoor space as well. The original cast iron façade is actually still present, but is now behind a wall of dark glass.