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Old 03-14-2013, 02:42 PM
 
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Which urban park do you like the best?


Aesthetics
Amenities
Ease of Use
Connectivity
Vibrancy
Layout
Entertainment
Food (on park grounds)
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Old 03-14-2013, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Rittenhouse Square is infinitely better than Union Square, and I have been to both places. I'll give Union Square a plus for having farmers markets and a subway stop, but that's it. Rittenhouse Square is the epitome of a classical urban park and NO PLACE in the country can top it. Seriously all the comparisons to Philly is insulting to this great city.
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:01 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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Despite my NYC bias, my vote goes to Rittenhouse Square. There is a bit more going on in and around Union Square, but Rittenhouse Square just might be the most gorgeous public square in the US.
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Old 03-15-2013, 06:58 AM
 
Location: The City
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Despite my NYC bias, my vote goes to Rittenhouse Square. There is a bit more going on in and around Union Square, but Rittenhouse Square just might be the most gorgeous public square in the US.
Rittenhouse is a great space, truly

Rittenhouse is also centered around much of the most vibrant section in Philly. Union in NYC is not too shabby either but on this I would probably say Rittenhouse Sq

rittenhouse square - Google Search
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:55 AM
 
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Despite my NYC bias, my vote goes to Rittenhouse Square. There is a bit more going on in and around Union Square, but Rittenhouse Square just might be the most gorgeous public square in the US.
I agree, Rittenhouse Square is very gorgeous especially during spring. An amazing neighberhood/architecture/scenery, and this happened's to be a very, very vibrant place that only about 3 cities in the US, has something to compare to, because it was around since the founding of this country.
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:11 AM
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Location: Crooklyn, New York
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Aesthetics: Rittenhouse. It's more intimate with a greater sense of enclosure than Union Square. The landscaping is also better, imo.

Amenities: Union Square wins this category by virtue of being in Manhattan. People often say Center City is like Manhattan, which is true in many ways, but it can't be more Manhattan than Manhattan. There's a lot to do around Rittenhouse Square, but I think you'd have to award this one to Union Square.

On the other hand, if we're talking about what's immediately surrounding either park, then there's not that big a difference. Union Square has a Whole Foods so maybe that pushes it ahead. They are both excellent as far as amenities go. Both are Top 5 urban parks in the nation. Both are probably among the best urban parks in the whole world.

Ease of Use: It's a total and complete draw. Both are very easily accessible. Union Square gets more crowded so perhaps that makes it "harder" to use.

Connectivity: Again, it's a draw. If anything, I'd give a slight edge to Rittenhouse because the surrounding streets are narrower. But this is not a material difference between the two areas in the least.

Vibrancy: In terms of total raw energy, it's Union Sq. hands down, even though Rittenhouse has a nice, mellow type of vibrancy that's more similar to what you experience in Washington Square Park, imo.

Layout: I prefer Rittenhouse here. I like the symmetry.

Entertainment: There's more going on around Union Square on an average day. So I'd say Union Square.

Food: On the grounds? Well, Union Square.
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:20 PM
 
Location: back in Philadelphia!
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I wonder why Union Square is the Manhattan park picked for this comparison, as opposed to Bryant Park, Washington Square or Madison Square Park (all of which I think are more similar to Rittenhouse)?

Also, the area right around Gramercy Park feels a lot like Rittenhouse, but the fact that the park itself is gated makes it a bad comparison.

One other thing is that Rittenhouse has been a more of less very nice place to be basically forever. Whereas not so many years ago Union Square was unsafe, and a huge junkie hangout.
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Old 03-15-2013, 01:12 PM
 
Location: The City
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I wonder why Union Square is the Manhattan park picked for this comparison, as opposed to Bryant Park, Washington Square or Madison Square Park (all of which I think are more similar to Rittenhouse)?

Also, the area right around Gramercy Park feels a lot like Rittenhouse, but the fact that the park itself is gated makes it a bad comparison.

One other thing is that Rittenhouse has been a more of less very nice place to be basically forever. Whereas not so many years ago Union Square was unsafe, and a huge junkie hangout.
Except when Eddie Murphy was carting around it in Trading Places


Trading Places (1983) Trailer - YouTube

I think Washington Sq in NYC looks a lot like the buildingd that sorround Rittenhouse, always looked similar to me

NYC has many great parks

Maybe this should have been the two Washington Sqs though
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Old 03-15-2013, 01:32 PM
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Location: Crooklyn, New York
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Except when Eddie Murphy was carting around it in Trading Places


Trading Places (1983) Trailer - YouTube

I think Washington Sq in NYC looks a lot like the buildingd that sorround Rittenhouse, always looked similar to me

NYC has many great parks

Maybe this should have been the two Washington Sqs though
It's crazy seeing those guys so young and then looking at them today. They are both two of my favorite comedians. If only Eddie Murphy had taken Murray and Aykroyd up on their offer to be Winston in Ghostbusters (sigh). It may have gone from being just a funny movie to funniest movie of all time.

No disrespect to Ernie Hudson.
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Old 03-15-2013, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Earth
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I have been to Union Square the place is pretty impressive. Reminds me of Indy's Monument Circle with the way the steps sort of circles around but with a subway station and more crowds. As I travel state to state I will need to visit Rittenhouse Sq. before I say which one is better.
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