Flatiron Building

The Flatiron Building is one of the most unique examples of Beaux-Arts architecture in New York City

Flatiron Building in New York City
Flatiron Building in New York City cc licensed photo by Benson Kua

One of the most unique examples of Beaux-Arts architecture in New York City, the Flatiron Building's triangular footprints fills the space where 23rd Street, Fifth Avenue and Broadway convene.

Designed by Chicago architect, Daniel Burham, like a classical Greek column, the glazed terracotta and limestone facade is separated into three distinct sections. One of the first buildings to utilise steel scaffolds, it was the tallest building in New York for a time upon its completion in 1902. Now home to commercial office space, access to the building is restricted, but you can still appreciate this architectural marvel from street level.

Gaining a place on the register of National Historic Places in 1989, the surrounding neighbourhood takes its name from building. The Flatiron District's was once home to the Ladies' Mile, a premier 19th century shopping district home to the original Tiffany's and Macy's and retains its elegance and energy as a destination for diners with its many restaurants. Cuisines and pricing run the gamut from burgers at the famous Shake Shack to Mario Batali's Eataly. Retailers have rediscovered the ornate facades of the Flatiron District with newly opened storefronts for Brooks Brothers, J. Crew and many other major name retailers.

If you are visiting the Flatiron Building, you may also want to consider a visit to the Empire State Building as it is only about a 12 minute walk to the north along 5th Avenue.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Address: 175 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010, USA

Flatiron Building Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating This place is pretty cool. The elevator ride up is so cool. How it shows the construction or the building. Be prepared to wait a long time to get in. The security. Heck is insanely long and most people aren’t paying attention. But it’s an amazing experience.
That one guy Steve - 3 months ago

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4 Star Rating Had to come and see “New York Continental” from the John wick movie series. A shame it’s under works with scaffolding all around. Still, it’s fabulous to be at one of the movie’s landmarks.
Ed S - in the last week

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5 Star Rating Beautiful & historic district in NYC! The Flatiron building is really amazing to see in person. As of Feb 2024 there appears to be work on the building with scaffolding on the sides. Still a beautiful view as well as many other iconic historical buildings all within a couple blocks to check out!
Heather Boswick - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating Beautiful building, but currently being renovated, the whole building is covered in scaffolding. You can still see the architecture, but it will probably be quite impossible to take a picture in front of it and see the details on the building.
Diana M. - a month ago

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4 Star Rating Iconic building . Wanted to get nice photos of it while in new york for the Christmas period. Just a shame it's currently covered in scaffolding and netting while work is going on. Kind of spoils it a bit.
Neil Belton - 4 months ago

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Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
4, 6, N, R, F, or M23rd Street Station2 minutes

How to get to Flatiron Building by Subway

Take the 4, 6, N, R, F, or M train to 23rd Street and walk to Broadway (The N and R Lines exit the closest)

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