8. Union Square Pavilion

Union Square Pavilion-Vintage Photo-NYCImage via Library of Congress featured in Broadway

Historically, Union Square has been the site of many meetings, demonstrations and speeches, and physical structures like this pavilion and stand behind it were built to accommodate protestors, a far cry from the limitations on public spaces and privately owned public spaces in New York City today. Above is a socialist and labor union demonstration on International Labor Day (May Day) in 1914 at the Union Square pavilion, which no longer exists.

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