Much of Tenderloin inner city architecture and alleys resemble densely populated Northeast cities
Union Square is a 2.6-acre public plaza and refers to the central shopping, hotel, and theater district that surrounds the plaza for several blocks. The area got its name because it was once used for rallies and support for the Union Army during the American Civil War, earning its designation as a California Historical Landmark.
The western side of the square is flanked by Powell Street, and the northern side by Post Street. Geary Street is south and Stockton Street east.
Union Square appears in Alfred Hitchock's "The Birds" opening sequence of the film. To avoid attracting unwanted attention during filming, the camera was hidden in a studio truck disguised as a furniture van.
Mr. Hitchcock stayed at luxurious St. Francis Hotel on Powell St at Union Square during exterior shot filming of both "The Birds" and "Vertigo".
With free Wi-Fi, it's easy to stay connected throughout cosmopolitan Union Square.