Flatiron District Commerce & Culture
While its renown is maybe not as high-profile as other sections of Manhattan, the Flatiron District’s shopping is an aspect of the neighborhood none should ignore. Everything you’d want is within reach — from fashion boutiques to designer brands to big-box stores — without having to go past Sixth Avenue. This breadth of options ties into the area’s legacy as a shopper’s haven: Toward the late 1890s, store and loft buildings dominated a portion of modern-day Flatiron, housing premier stores, piano showrooms, performance venues, and upscale restaurants, becoming a go-to destination. Today, the Ladies’ Mile Historic District preserves those same prewar structures that opened countless 19th-century wallets. Dining in Flatiron reveals abundant eateries, including Michelin-starred restaurants, food markets, and even the first Shake Shack location. Flatiron also benefits from being quite centrally located, with a multitude of subway lines — and even the PATH — found at multiple avenues across 23rd Street.