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Union Square

New York, New York
County of New York.
Between E. 14th and E. 17th Streets and Union Square West and Uion Square East
National Register Number: 97001678
Resource type: Site.
Property type: Landscape - plaza.
Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: Public Square.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 9, 1997):
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.


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