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The Flatiron District is a small area in midtown Manhattan named after the Flatiron Building. The Flatiron Building, while not nearly as impressive in height as its neighbors, is notable for its triangular shape. This design was necessitated by the angle of the land that is created by the intersection of 5th Avenue and Broadway. One can see a glimpse of this building and the adjacent subway stop in the recent film Hitch when the lead actress Eva Mendes first appears on screen. Prior to being renamed, the same general area had been referred to as the "Photo District" due to the large number of photographers' studios and associated businesses located there. Madison Square Park, a small green area with an old-fashioned shake & burger stand, is located in this district between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue. Madison Avenue actually begins in the Flatiron District at 23rd Street and runs north towards its famous Midtown section. Giving this area a bit of color are the Museum of Sex and the Gershwin Hotel, both located on 27th Street. The Gershwin is a tribute to the late pop artist Andy Warhol, and features some of his art and memorabilia throughout the hotel. Manhattan Borough,highlighted in yellow, lies between the East River and the Hudson River. ... Flatiron Building (2004) —H.G. Wells, 1906 The Fuller Building or as it is better known, the Flatiron Building, was one of the tallest buildings in New York City upon its completion in 1902. ... Hitch is a 2005 romantic comedy film, directed by Andy Tennant. ... Eva Mendes Eva Mendes (born March 5, 1974) is an American actress of Cuban descent. ... Madison Square, 1908. ... Street sign at Fifth Avenue and East 57th street Fifth Avenue is a major thoroughfare in the center of the boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx in New York City, USA. It runs through the heart of Midtown and along the eastern side of Central Park, and because of the... Madison Avenue, looking north from 40th Street Madison Avenue is a north-south avenue in the borough of Manhattan in New York City which carries northbound one-way traffic. ... 23rd Street runs from river to river across Manhattan, carrying two-way traffic. ... Andy Warhol , photographed by Helmut Newton Andy Warhol (born Andrew Warhola) August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987) was an American painter, film-maker, publisher and a major figure in the pop art movement. ...


Flatiron is more or less the "gap" between Midtown and Lower Manhattan. It is mostly commercial, but is not technically located in the bustling Midtown commercial zone. It also lacks the residential charm of the neighborhoods to the south, including Little Italy and East Village. View of Midtown from Empire State Building. ... Woolworth Building, looking south along Broadway The Lower Manhattan skyline as viewed from Hoboken, New Jersey. ... Mulberry Street looking north from Canal Street, Manhattan, New York City Little Italy is a neighborhood in lower Manhattan, New York City, once known for its large population of Italian immigrants. ... A view of Avenue A from Tompkins Square Park. ...


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Flatiron Building - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (396 words)
The 22-story Flatiron Building, with a height of 87 meters (285 ft), is generally considered the oldest surviving skyscraper in Manhattan, though in fact the older Park Row Building (1899) is several stories taller.
Today the Flatiron is a popular spot for tourist photographs, a National Historic Landmark, and a functioning office building, currently home to several book publishers, most of them under the umbrella of Holtzbrinck Publishers.
The surrounding area of Manhattan is named the Flatiron District for its signature building.
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