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Get to know the Flatiron District

Even though the formal designation of the Flatiron District only dates to the mid-1980s, its namesake building has been a fixture for far longer. The distinctively triangular Flatiron Building rises above the area, an unmistakable landmark and indelible icon of NYC architecture. It stands as one of this city’s oldest skyscrapers and, though it may seem diminutive by today’s standards, was the tallest building in the world for a brief period following its c.1909 construction. However, don’t reduce the neighborhood to simply one structure. While various industries used to define it — namely toy manufacturing and photography — present-day Flatiron is bustling with restaurants, shopping, and the residents living there in Beaux-Arts, Neo-Renaissance, and Romanesque Revival apartment and loft buildings. Madison Square Park provides that leafy green peace everyone desires their neighborhood have — finding a patch of grass to relax on after a long day cannot be underrated.

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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.