[EPISODE] Union Square
Join us on our latest journey exploring Union Square! My guests will be Kevin Draper, Historian and Tour Director of New York Historical Tours, and Haruko, Photographer, Founder, and Director of Capsule Studio NYC.
Kevin talks about the passion and fascination he had with New York City growing up and how he transformed that into becoming a historian. Jeff and Kevin talk about the misconception of Union Square being named as apart of the Civil War and the actual history of the area.They talk about Union Square’s potter’s field origins. Jeff explains the historic entertainment district surrounding the area.
Kevin talks about the specializations and information he provides on his tours. Jeff and Kevin discuss the political history of Union Square. Kevin explains what the Lady’s Mile was and how retail stores like Macy’s had their first stores in Union Square. He tells about the areas history of decline in the 60s and how it turned back around from it. Jeff and Kevin discuss the different statues in the square and the significance of them.
Jeff introduces Haruko and she explains how she got involved in photography. Haruko talks about opening her business in Union Square due to it being an iconic photo district. Haruko explains the vibe of Union Square and what she loves about the area. She talks about how she’s seen the area change during her time there and some of her favorite businesses there. Jeff talks about what he loves about Union Square.
Haruko talks about memorable people she’s worked with and the experiences she’s had with her work. Jeff questions if the neighborhood adds something to Haruko’s shoots. Haruko talks about an experience in Rome following her back to Union Square. She offers advice to anyone looking to open a business in Union Square. Haruko talks about different types of personalities she’s met in Union Square.