Long before Zeckendorf Towers and Toys “R” Us edged
its landscape, Union Square
was the stamping ground of trade unionists, social reformers,
and activists of every stripe.
The Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives and Cornell
University’s Special Projects for Unions celebrated this history
recently, with Marching
to Union Square, a performance piece based on speeches,
newspaper accounts, and diaries from the 1880s. If the cast’s britches and boaters looked
a bit dated, its spirit of
struggle and solidarity
were as fresh as the paint on a Cipriani picket sign.