This green market began in 1976 when Union Square was known as needle park due to its drug addicts portrayed by Al Pacino. The market and reclamation of the park was the brain child of Barry Benepe, an urban planner, who's son, Adrian Benepe, is the park's commissioner today and was in charge of the recent renovations. The market changed the park into a destination for tourists, locals, and restaurants.
Up to eighty vendors are present selling fresh produce, bread, honey, jams, candles, and fish and meats. The “At the Green market” (see photo) from this week's website pick shows what is currently exciting and available. Both consumers and many chefs take advantage of the market and restaurants will often build their menus around what is available.