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

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


Rated 4.6 out of 5Flatiron Building Star Rating

4 Star Rating Yes the building is beautiful and unique in its shape. You likely recognize it as soon as you walk up to it but that's about it. I was here 3 years ago and they were working on it then. There's still scaffolding all around it blocking a good portion of the building and making it much less appealing to look at. There's way better stuff to see in NYC so unless you're in the neighborhood, you can probably skip this.
John Howard - 5 months ago

5 Star Rating Fabulous icon to see if you're in NYC, go. The Tiffany clock is very close by too, as is Bryant Park. All worth a visit.
Laith Hofayz - 21 days ago

3 Star Rating One of the places where you can take nice pictures and it is one of the iconic attractions in New York City.
edt ttt - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating The Flatiron Building is a true New York City icon. Its distinctive triangular shape and stunning Beaux-Arts architecture make it a standout in the city's skyline. Standing at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, it's a symbol of innovation and architectural brilliance. Whether you're admiring it from the street or appreciating its history, the Flatiron Building is a must-see for anyone exploring the city.
Kytka - 2 months ago

4 Star Rating A famous and iconic skyscraper in the Big Apple, memorable for its unusual triangular plan that earned it the nickname 'Flatiron Building', coined by New Yorkers themselves. The building, in the Beaux-Arts style, was built on a triangular lot; it is located in Manhattan on 23rd Street, at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, which intersect at an acute angle. The charisma of the building gave its name to the neighbourhood, the Flatiron District, a dynamic, busy and attraction-rich area stretching from 20th Street in the south to 25th Street in the north. In addition to the 'Flatiron', you will certainly notice the Metropolitan Life Tower, a sort of look-alike of St. Mark's bell tower, but over 200 metres high! In nearby Madison Square Park you can enjoy some relaxation in the midst of New York's hustle and bustle, listening to some live music from street performers, and perhaps savouring a great burger at Shake Shack.
Bryan Shu Shu - 7 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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