Located where Broadway, Sixth Avenue, and 34th Street meet in Manhattan, Herald Square is one of the most famous intersections in New York City. This is one of the most visited parts of the borough, for both tourists and locals. If you’re in this section of Manhattan, our New York City personal injury lawyers recommend taking a trip through Herald Square. You’ll have options for shopping, dining, and plenty of street entertainment to enjoy. Some of our favorite aspects of Herald Square include:
Herald Square and the surrounding area is a major retail hub. Macy’s flagship store, the largest department store in the United States, is located in this area.
Other shopping options in this area include:
- Urban Outfitters
- B&H Photo & Video
Herald Square was originally named for the New York Herald, a defunct newspaper which was formerly located there. Today, a huge mechanical clock remains from that era. This clock was constructed in 1895 by sculptor Antonin Jean Carles and is known as the James Morgon monument. The structure consists of the Goddess of Wisdom, Minerva, along with her owls standing in front of a bell, with two bell ringers mounted on a Milford pink granite pedestal. These figures and the clock are original parts of the 1894 New York Herald building which was located in the square. That building was demolished in 1921, but the figures were removed and reinstalled in the square in 1940.
Greeley Square is a popular section within Herald Square. It’s between West 32nd Street and West 33rd Street and between Broadway and Sixth Avenue. This section consists almost completely of a triangular park. It’s named for Horace Greeley – a publisher of the New York Tribune, the Herald’s rival newspaper. Eventually, these two papers merged and formed the New York Herald Tribune. The park features a prominent statue of Greeley, which was created in 1890 by Alexander Doyle. It’s a picturesque park, with trees and shrubbery and enclosed by a wrought iron fence. It makes a great place to relax with chairs, tables, and a restaurant kiosk.
Herald Square has made several appearances in pop culture. These include many popular songs, such as:
- Give My Regards to Broadway by George M. Cohan (1904) includes the lyrics “remember me to Herald Square”.
- Take Me Back To New York Town by Andrew B. Sterling (1907)
- Rosalinda’s Eyes by Billy Joel (1978)
- Bad Reputation by Freddy Johnston (1994)
But perhaps most famously, Herald Square is known as the ending for the iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.