Best historically charged public meeting spot (2008)

STATUE OF MOHANDAS K. GANDHI

Though a subway-friendly meet-up spot, the STATUE OF MOHANDAS K. GANDHI seems an odd tribute to the "political leader and social reformer," especially placed in the "traffic island southwest of the main park" alongside Diesel and nearby trinket-hawkers. But the slightly hunched, bespectacled, kindly, smiling figure does provide a quiet respite from bustling Union Square—now a center for both commerce and protest.

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