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

Directions

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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Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5Flatiron Building Star Rating

3 Star Rating This iconic building is very easy to find in New York City. there are a lot of tour groups that pass by to see this building. The surrounding neighborhood is busy with many different shops and is at the crossroads of fifth avenue Broadway and 23rd Street. sometimes the place is nice to hang out at, other times though it feels very cliche.

Paul Yan - 5 days ago

4 Star Rating Must see city icon, great place to visit! Really unique building best appreciated from a comfortable seat nearby at any of the local cafes. Nice green park area also perfect on a lazy Sunday afternoon. If not into architecture, the people watching isn't half bad either.

L - 16 days ago

5 Star Rating Really iconic architecture. Not loud or boisterous but elegant and stunning. Really worth visiting at sunrise or sunset and taking some time to spend at Madison Square Park. There’s a lot to do in the area but just getting to take a look at the building is a highlight.

Marco Coelho - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating The triangular Flatiron Building, so named because of its resemblance to a cast-iron clothes iron, is one of the world’s most iconic skyscrapers as well as one of the most photographed. there are a few really good angles at the street crossings. We love the close up shots for impact.

Ohin Haque - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating This is by far my favourite building in New York City. 20 years ago, the Flatiron district was crowded with cars and wasn't easy to get a great picture of this amazing building. This year I was able to sit and have lunch at the pedestrian area the City developed some years ago is great. Gives you the chance to watch and admire the architecture of this beautiful building.

Camila Silva - 2 months ago

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