COUNTLESS THINGS TO DO AND EXPERIENCE IN NYC
Is there anywhere in the world that offers more things to do than NYC? Farmers come to connect with local foodies and restaurateurs during the day, while techpreneurs and social networkers congregate here to disrupt industries and revel in the night. When you're ready to visit for a weekend and discover all that NYC has to offer, join us here at W New York - Union Square. Our hotel sits on one of the main transportation hubs of the city, connecting each guest with any neighborhood they want to explore. For those looking for something wild, the W Insider clues guests in to the hottest things to do in town, and can turn any night into something to remember. From speakeasies to secret film screenings and exclusive events at Madison Square Garden, the Insider is a guest’s ticket to a local New York that can only be lived at the edge of the square.
Contact our Insider for more access to exclusive events in NYC.
Keep it fun. Plan your stay at the edge of the square using our local area map:
UNION SQUARE PARK
Distance: 0.1 miles / Bounded by Union Square East & West from 14th St to 17th St
Just steps outside our hotel door, Union Square is located in the heart of a historic intersection and features famous statues of Washington, Lincoln and Ghandi. It's one of NYC's hotspots for dining, shopping, and entertainment venues. The park hosts the outdoor Greenmarket four days a week, along with the popular holiday market from Thanksgiving to December 24th.
WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK
Distance: 1.0 miles / Between MacDougal St and University Pl from W 4th St to Waverly Pl
You're sure to find fun things to do at this park - a landmark of Greenwich Village and the heart of New York University. It boasts the iconic Washington Arch and fountain, and offers plenty of greenery, along with a dog park, a children's playground and chess playing areas. During the summer, visitors flock to lay out and picnic on the grassy lawns, or play in the fountain.
Distance: 1.4 miles / West Side of Manhattan from W 14th St to Gansevoort St
Come to NYC's most glamorous district and enjoy all of the extravagant nightlife, dining, shopping and other attractions it has to offer. Stroll along the beautiful cobblestone roads and revel in all of the high-end shopping boutiques, top notch culinary experiences, exclusive nightlife venues and assortment of art galleries.
Distance: 1.5 miles / Between 10th and 11th Aves, from Gansevoort St up to W 30th St
Built on top of an old NY Central Railroad, The Highline is an 1.45 mile aerial greenway running down the lower west side of Manhattan. Since opening in 2009, it has quickly become an iconic thing to do in NYC. Enjoy a relaxing and scenic stroll through the Park and enjoy all of the beautiful views of the Hudson River and the city.
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
Distance: 1.5 miles / 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY
Perched atop Pennsylvania Station, this multi-purpose indoor arena is home to professional basketball and ice hockey, as well as boxing, concerts, ice shows, circuses, and more. Madison Square Garden is considered to be the oldest, and most active major sporting facility in the New York metropolitan area.
EXCLUSIVE LOCAL PACKAGE
Spend your summer weekends at the edge of the square. Book your summer escape today and enjoy a picnic in Union Square park. Bask in the sun and indulge in Irvington NYC bites including:
- BBQ sandwich
- Kettle chips
- Bottle of water
- Bourbon brownie
Distance: 0.2 miles / 17 Irving Place
Heading out for a gig? Or, getting ready to feel the pulse of the music under your skin? When you stay at W New York - Union Square, a vivacious hotel near Irving Plaza, you'll stay close to where you need to be for a show. One of the the iconic music venues in the city, Irving Plaza is just a 5 minute walk from our hotel. Glam up with ease for an electrifying night ahead.
SWERVE FITNESS FLATIRON
Distance: 7 min walk / 30 W 18th St
Sweat it out at SWERVE, team inspired indoor cycling using tech and teamwork to create the best cardio workout.
Insider Tip: Discount code for guests available upon check in. Inquire with our Concierge team.
SOULCYCLE UNION SQUARE
Distance: 4 min walk / 12 E 18th St
Get on a bike. Feel pulsating energy at SoulCycle, indoor cycling re-invented. Go further with fat-burning cardio and a full-body workout. With inspirational instructors, candlelight, epic spaces, and rocking music, feel empowered!
Insider Tip: Upon check in, please request a one-time complimentary pass with our Concierge team. Valid for the SoulCycle Union Square location only.
Distance: 3 min walk / 867 Broadway
Gear up at Paragon Sports, an iconic sports store selling equipment and clothing for athletic activities ranging from running to yoga.
Insider Tip: Guests receive 10% off all items in the store. Guests can also enjoy the complimentary RUN CLUB, available every Tuesday at 6:30PM. Guests will need to RSVP prior and meet at Paragon on 18th and Broadway. For more details, email RUN CLUB.
Dress the part with FITBOX, fitness wear for inside and outside the gym.
Insider Tip: Book our special FITBOX package and your flawless workout outfit will be waiting for you upon arrival. Download the free FITBOX app for local workout classes in the area.
Distance: 1.0 mile / 210 Thompson Street
For 17 years, Generation Records has been NYC’s best source for new and used vinyl and CDs, 45s, DVDs, posters and t-shirts.
Distance: 0.4 mile / 828 Broadway
New, used, and those hard to find favorites, The Strand has every book under 14th Street.
Distance: 0.8 mile / 83 East 7th Street
This unique high-end consignment shop features labels like Chanel and Prada along with local designers and funky vintage merch and accessories.
Amplify your shopping experience with our curated list of neighborhood shopping destinations. You have the keys to the city.