Mathematician Analyzes All of Manhattan's Named Squares to Find the Most True to Its Name

London comedian and mathematician Matt Parker recently made this interesting video in which he analyzes each of the public parks and plazas that are named “Square” in Midtown and Lower Manhattan, with the purpose of finding which is the most mathematically correct “Square” shape.

Can you believe that many so-called “squares” in New York are actually triangles? I hunt down the square most deserving of its name.

Here’s what he found:

  • Times Square 40.7605364,-73.9881165 Triangle
  • Greeley Square 40.7475166,-73.9902623 Triangle
  • Madison Square 40.7417129,-73.9866145 Rectangle
  • Union Square 40.7362828,-73.9934595 Rectangle
  • Stuyvesant Square 40.7334896,-73.9846672 Square
  • Washington Square 40.730503,-73.9959379 Rectangle
  • Cooper Square 40.7274296,-73.9929123 Trapezium
  • Tompkins Square 40.7268115,-73.9832778 Square
  • Peretz Square 40.7226714,-73.9878349 Triangle
  • Foley Square 40.7152103,-74.001972 A thing?
  • Straus Square 40.7147475,-73.9910052 Triangle
  • Kimlau Square 40.7140132,-73.9990492 Rectangle
  • Coleman Square 40.712846,-73.9964231 Trapezium
  • Hanover Square 40.7047231,-74.0104991 Triangle
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