Union Square gets only a brief mention in SKIN OF THE WOLF, but it has a storied history. Though named for neither the North side in Civil War nor the labor union movement, it was the site of actions important to both. After Fort Sumter fell to the Confederacy in 1861 a giant pro-Union rally was held there; and Union Square was the site of the first Labor Day parade, in 1882. It’s also the site of the first Greenmarket in NYC, the first organized outdoor Holiday Market in NYC, and was the first place SJ ever saw a red-tailed hawk. It was sitting on the head of the statue of George Washington, looking for something to swoop on.
Photo: Beyond My Ken
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