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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Luna Park Cafe

At the north end of Union Square Park (50 E. 17th) near the farmers Greenmarket, is an outdoor seasonal bar/restaurant called Luna Park Cafe. Al fresco dining and drinking is, of course, popular everywhere there is suitable weather, more so in cities where outdoor space is at a premium. In NYC, there are only a small number of restaurants in public parks, so Luna Park's location makes it a formula for success (and pricey). Open April through October, the place is a hotspot, particularly in the evening when this photo was taken. It appears the north end of the park is getting a complete redesign and much needed overhaul (click here for article). The pavilion that houses the restaurant is being redone and Luna Park will be replaced. Of course any change always sparks controversy, but I believe the renovation will be a good thing, especially if done in a timely manner...

7 comments:

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John Nez said...

Wow... that looks enchanting.

All I remember about Union Square was a kind of dismal grimy abandonded sort of urban feeling.

So it's great to see it's been revitalized since I was there. Usually the sidewalks in New York are way too skinny to fit any cafe tables. I guess the original city planners never had that in mind.

Anyhow, GREAT photo...

Olivier said...

C'est un super endroit pour passer une bonne soiree. j'y ais de bon souvenir. Tres belle photo

Brian said...

Thanks all. Union Square Park used to be VERY bad - drug dealers - no one went there. It's amazing now to see high profile retailers, restaurants, the W Hotel and people relaxing. The "olden days" weren't always better - especially in NYC.
Brian

Candice & Megan said...

Very nice photo today! That would be a great "date" spot.

Mile Stones said...

It actually looks very elegant, a great place for a meal if you can afford it and if the weather permits.

Curly said...

What a fantastic scene Brian. Expensive night out?

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