Peace and quiet far from the maddening crowd — who needs that? For some, being right in the heart of everything is precisely the point of living in Manhattan. In Union Square, going shopping — and we mean shopping — requires just walking out your building's front door. You'll never want for great dining (Union Square Café, Eleven Madison Park, Tocqueville), and if you're inspired to cook, the Greenmarket — with its fresh-baked breads, biodynamic yogurt and cheese, and organic greens — is open four days a week. Housing in the immediate vicinity is made up mostly of prewars and tenement-style buildings, but, like everywhere else in the city, new-construction condos are inevitably available, too. After the jump, a list of open houses to squeeze into your schedule this weekend — that is, if there's still time after model-watching at Coffee Shop, kohlrabi-haggling at the market, and denim-shopping at Diesel. —S. Jhoanna Robledo
157 E. 18th St., nr. Irving Pl., Apt. 4A
Saturday, 1 p.m.–2 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
16 W. 16th St., nr. Fifth Ave., Apt. 8KN
Sunday, noon–1:30 p.m.
130 E. 18th St., nr. Irving Pl., Apt. 15A
Sunday, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
10 W. 15th St., nr. Fifth Ave., Apt. 1814
Sunday, 1:30 p.m.–3 p.m.
110 Third Ave., nr. 13th St.
Saturday, 11 a.m. –6 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. –6 p.m.
1 Irving Pl., nr. 15th St., Apt. G12F
Sunday, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
30 W. 15th St., nr. Fifth Ave.
Sunday, noon–2 p.m.