"Union Square" Union Square Tip by zChris

Union Square, San Francisco: 66 reviews and 101 photos

  Union Square, under reconstruction
by zChris

Every city has an epicentre, a common area that in its importance unites all the neighbourly villages comprising the metropolis. For San Francisco, it is unmistakably the retail, transportational, and hotel hub known as <b><u>Union Square</u></b>. So named for the pro-Union riots held here during the Civil War, the Square now boasts the impressive shaft of the Dewey Monument, a column erected to honour a US Navy admiral who captured Manila during the Spanish-American War. Surrounding the square on all sides and on streets radiating from it are exclusive hotels and expensive shops and department stores. All the national chains are here, of course...Saks, Macy's, Tiffany's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom...as well as exclusive European outlets like Emporio Armani and Diesel. Near to the square on Post Street stands Gump's, a monument to the decadent shopper, featuring wares beyond my (and probably your) financial reach. Union Square displays the unmistakable bravado of big-city life- swarms of people, traffic, cable cars. Unfortunately, the park in the middle of the square itself was closed off for renovations while I was there, and may still be for some time. Nevertheless, the square's beating retail engine pumps on, and the masses continue to pour in to shop. Down one end of the square is the small alley of <b>Maiden Lane</b>, which was once filled with filthy brovels and now houses exclusive designer boutiques, street cafés, and art galleries. One one sunny Saturday noon ther was even an opera singer striking up arias...talk about street entertainment for the elite! Most of the day the street is closed off to traffic and pedestrians are allowed to roam. Union Square can be reached by the Powell Street station on BART and MUNI, as well as via cable car, many buses and trolleybuses, and the historic Market Street streetcar at the 5th Street stop. The <b>Theatre District</b>, with its performance halls and avant-garde galleries, spreads along Geary Street west of the square.

Address: Bordered by Powell, Geary, Stocton and Post Streets
Directions: Union Square
Phone: (415) 781-7880
Website: http://www.visitunionsquaresf.com/

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 16, 2003
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