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

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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

4 Star Rating If you love Italian food then you're in the right spot. The picture is the restaurant on the top floor. Correction - this is actually the Eataly building next door to Flatiron.

Bob Seruby - 13 days ago

5 Star Rating Flatiron Building is one of the most famous tourist and historical centers in Manhattan. On the first floor of Flatiron, you will find old pictures that show you how this place looked 100 years ago. This place is magical, and over 100,000 tourists have taken a picture in front of the Flatiron Building. It is a veritable tourist magnet of Manhattan, and any self-respecting New Yorker will visit it and take pictures there at least once.

Tanya Dovzhuk - 1 month ago

3 Star Rating It is famous place, popular attraction. And you can take a good picture. But just in my opinion, it is not touching that much. If you have enough time, it will be good time. But near here, there is nothing. So if you are the person who wants to make some good travel courses, it is not good way.

비젠 - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating Flatiron Building is one of my favorite buildings in NYC, to me its just so unique & cool looking. It actually looks like a flatiron, duh! Pretty recognizable building for NYC, as you've probably seen it on TV and the movies. It's always nice to come to this area to check out as there are a lot of things to see near it especially Madison Park and delicious eats at Eataly. It's pretty easy to get to or connect from, especially if you taking the subway. It was nice coming around Christmas time as there are so many people out there being all festive etc. Flatiron Building is definitely a building worth checking out on your visit to NYC.

Ericka Stamos - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Great Architecture and clever design to build a magnificent building in the space where 2 major roads merge into 1. From certain angels building looks flat and think and from others you can see the triangle wedge design. The history on why the building is there and how the road that causes the problem (only major road in midtown/Manhattan to not follow the grid system?came to exisit is very interesting and helped create this wonderful building.

Hajdarović Izet - 2 months ago

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