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Encyclopedia > Flatiron District, Manhattan
View looking south (downtown) from the Empire State Building at part of the Flatiron District. The Flatiron Building is the triangular building at right center, on the left is the Met Life Tower, with Madison Square Park below it. Between the park and the tower, at street level, Madison Avenue begins at 23rd Street and runs uptown (towards bottom). Madison Square is the intersection in front of the Flatiron, where Fifth Avenue and Broadway cross. (Fifth goes to the right of the building, and Broadway to the left.) The trees of Union Square Park can be seen at the top left center of the picture.
View looking south (downtown) from the Empire State Building at part of the Flatiron District. The Flatiron Building is the triangular building at right center, on the left is the Met Life Tower, with Madison Square Park below it. Between the park and the tower, at street level, Madison Avenue begins at 23rd Street and runs uptown (towards bottom). Madison Square is the intersection in front of the Flatiron, where Fifth Avenue and Broadway cross. (Fifth goes to the right of the building, and Broadway to the left.) The trees of Union Square Park can be seen at the top left center of the picture.

The Flatiron District is a small neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan, named after the Flatiron Building at 23rd Street, Broadway and Fifth Avenue. The boundaries of Manhattan neighborhoods are notoriously hard to pin down and tend to be in flux, but generally the Flatiron District can be said to be bounded by 14th Street, Union Square and Greenwich Village to the south; Sixth Avenue and Chelsea to the west; 28th Street and Midtown South to the north; and Lexington Avenue/Irving Place, Gramercy Park and the neighborhood of Gramercy to the east. The Empire State Building is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in New York City, New York at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. ... For other uses, see Flatiron Building (disambiguation). ... The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower (also Met Life Tower) at One Madison Avenue, New York City was the worlds tallest building from 1909 to 1913, when it was surpassed by the Woolworth Building. ... Madison Square, 1908. ... Madison Avenue, looking north from 40th Street Madison Avenue is a north-south avenue in the borough of Manhattan in New York City that carries northbound one-way traffic. ... 23rd Street runs from river to river across Manhattan, carrying two-way traffic. ... Madison Square, 1908. ... Fifth Avenue redirects here. ... A view of Broadway in 1909 Broadway, as the name implies, is a wide avenue in New York City. ... Union Square Union Square (also known as Union Square Park) is an important and historic intersection in New York City, located where Broadway and the Bowery came together in the early 19th century. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... The Five Boroughs redirects here. ... This article is about the borough of New York City. ... For other uses, see Flatiron Building (disambiguation). ... 23rd Street runs from river to river across Manhattan, carrying two-way traffic. ... A view of Broadway in 1909 Broadway, as the name implies, is a wide avenue in New York City. ... Street sign at Fifth Avenue and East 57th street Fifth Avenue is a major thoroughfare in New York City. ... 14th Street looking west from Fifth Avenue 14th Street is an important east-west thoroughfare in Manhattan in New York City. ... Union Square Park (also known as Union Square) is an important and historic intersection in New York City, located where Broadway and the Bowery came together in the early 19th century. ... The Washington Square Arch Greenwich Village (IPA pronunciation: ), also called simply the Village, is a largely residential area on the west side of downtown (southern) Manhattan in New York City named after Greenwich, London. ... Sixth Avenue looking south from 18th Street Sixth Avenue is a major avenue in New York Citys borough of Manhattan. ... Converted townhouses along 23rd Street. ... This article covers streets in Manhattan, New York City, USA between and including 23rd Street and 42nd Street. ... Midtown Manhattan viewed from the World Trade Center. ... Lexington Avenue is an avenue on the East Side of the borough of Manhattan in New York City that carries southbound one-way traffic from East 131st Street to Gramercy Park at East 21st Street. ... Gramercy Park (sometimes misspelled as Grammercy) is a small, fenced-in private park in the Gramercy neighborhood of the New York City borough of Manhattan, accessible only to residents of certain townhouses in the area who have keys to the park. ... Gramercy, also called Gramercy Park, is a neighborhood in Manhattan, New York City, focused around Gramercy Park, a private park between East 20th and 21st Streets. ...


Broadway cuts through the middle of the district, and Madison Avenue begins there at 23rd Street and runs north. Near the north end of the district is Madison Square Park, which was completely renovated in 2001. The Flatiron District encompasses within its boundaries the Ladies' Mile Historic Distric, and the birthplace of Theodore Roosevelt, a National Historic Site. Madison Avenue is a north-south avenue in the borough of Manhattan in New York City which carries northbound one-way traffic. ... Madison Square, 1908. ... Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site is a unit of the National Park Service at 28 E. 20th Street in New York, New York. ... National Historic Site is a designation for a protected area of historic significance. ...


The designation "Flatiron District" for this area is of relatively recent vintage, dating from around 1985, and came about because of its increasingly residential character,[1] and the influx of many restaurants into the area[2] – real estate agents needed an appealing name to call the area in their ads. Before that, the area was primarily commercial, and was often known as the "Photo District" because of the large number of photographers' studios and associated businesses located there, the photographers having come because of the relatively cheap rents.[3] A part of the area was known as the "Toy District", because of the toy manufacturers located in the Toy Center buildings at 23rd Street and Broadway and the area around it, and the annual American International Toy Fair that has taken place there since 1903 (except for 1945). The American International Toy Fair (the trademarked name uses all capitals for TOY FAIR) is one of a few major toy industry trade shows held around the world. ... Year 1903 (MCMIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ...


Currently, many publishers have their offices in the district, as well as advertising agencies,[4] and the number of computer- and Web-related start-up companies in the area caused it to be called "Silicon Alley" or "Multimedia Gulch" for a while.[5] “Publisher” redirects here. ... An advertising agency or ad agency is a service business dedicated to creating, planning and handling advertising (and sometimes other forms of promotion) for their clients. ... Silicon Alley is a nickname for an area with a large concentration of Internet and new media companies in Manhattan, New York City. ...


Notable buildings in the district include the Flatiron Building, one of the oldest of the original New York skyscrapers, and just to east at 1 Madison Avenue is the Met Life Tower, built in 1909 and the tallest building in the world until 1913, when the Woolworth Building was completed. It is now occupied by Credit Suisse since MetLife moved their headquarters to the PanAm Building. The 700 foot marble clock tower of this building dominates Madison Square and the park there. For other uses, see Flatiron Building (disambiguation). ... The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower (also Met Life Tower) at One Madison Avenue, New York City was the worlds tallest building from 1909 to 1913, when it was surpassed by the Woolworth Building. ... Year 1909 (MCMIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Year 1913 (MCMXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... The Woolworth Building, at sixty stories, is one of the oldest — and one of the most famous — skyscrapers in New York City. ... The Credit Suisse Group (SWX:CSGN, NYSE: CS) is a financial services company, headquartered in Zürich, Switzerland. ... Madison Square, 1908. ...

One Madison Park under construction

Nearby, on Madison Avenue between 26th and 27th Streets, on the site of the old Madison Square Garden, is the New York Life Building, built in 1928 and designed by Cass Gilbert, with a square tower topped by a striking gilded pyramid. Also of note is the statuary adorning the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court on Madison Avenue at 25th Street. This article covers streets in Manhattan, New York City, USA between and including 23rd Street and 42nd Street. ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, and known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City. ... New York Life Insurance Company Building, located at 51 Madison Avenue, Manhattan, New York City is the last significant Cass Gilbert skyscraper in Manhattan. ... Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Woolworth Building in New York City was the worlds tallest building when it was built in 1913. ... New York County Supreme Court building at 60 Centre Street, from across Foley Square The Supreme Court of the State of New York is one of several New York State trial courts in which cases originate. ... This article covers streets in Manhattan, New York City, USA between and including 23rd Street and 42nd Street. ...


As of March 2008, "One Madison Park", an exclusive 47-51 story luxury residential condominium tower is under construction at 22 East 23rd Street, at the foot of Madison Avenue, across from Madison Square Park. When completed, it will be almost as tall as or slightly taller then the Met Life Tower (604-617 feet, depending on the source, compared to 614 feet for the Tower), and taller than the Flatiron Building.[6] The asking price for the triplex penthouse is $45 million.[7]


Baruch College of the City University of New York, is located on E. 23rd Street and Lexington Avenue on the eastern edge of the district. The College sits on the former site of the Free Academy (now City College of New York), which was founded in 1847 and was the first institution of free public higher education in the United States. Baruch's Newman Vertical Campus as well as the Zicklin School of Business, the largest collegiate school of business in the United States, are also located on 24th and 25th Streets between Third and Lexington Avenues. The Bernard M. Baruch College of The City University of New York, known more commonly as Baruch College is a public university and one of the constituent colleges comprising the City University of New York (CUNY). ... The City University of New York (CUNY; acronym: IPA pronunciation: ), is the public university system of New York City. ... 23rd Street runs from river to river across Manhattan, carrying two-way traffic. ... Lexington Avenue is an avenue on the East Side of the borough of Manhattan in New York City that carries southbound one-way traffic from East 131st Street to Gramercy Park at East 21st Street. ... “City College” redirects here. ... 1847 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... The Zicklin School of Business, named after financier and alumni Lawrence Zicklin, is the largest school of business in the United States and one of the most prestigious. ...


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. The Museum of Sex, known as MoSex for short, is a sex museum based in Manhattan in New York City. ... Andrew Warhola (August 6, 1928 — February 22, 1987), better known as Andy Warhol, was an American artist who was a central figure in the movement known as Pop art. ...


There are also many stores around the area, such as Ann Taylor, Victoria's Secret, Club Monaco and Origins. "Big-box" retailers dominate Sixth Avenue between 14th Street and 23rd Street, at the district's western edge. Ann Taylor (NYSE: ANN) is an American group of specialty apparel retail chain stores for women, headquartered in New York City, (7 Times Square Tower, New York, NY 10036). ... For the Sonata Arctica single, see Victorias Secret (song) Victorias Secret is an American retailer of lingerie and beauty products. ... Club Monaco is an upscale clothing retailer with more than 65 stores in North America. ... Origins is a sister cosmetic firm under the umbrella of the Estée Lauder Companies. ... It has been suggested that List of superstores be merged into this article or section. ...


Notes

  1. ^ If You're Thinking of Living in: The Flatiron District New Yokr Times (22 December 1991)
  2. ^ Shawn G. Kennedy In Flatiron Area, Cafe Expansion New York Times (3 June 1987)
  3. ^ David S. Hawkins If You're Thinking of Living in: Flatiron District New York Times (30 October 1988)
  4. ^ Eleanor Blau Mix of People and Business, New York Times (7 July 1985)
  5. ^ Bret Pulley New York Striving to Become Technology's Creative Center New York Times (13 February 1995)
  6. ^ "47-story condo tower with 90 units planned for 23rd Street", Image of "The Saya"
  7. ^ One Madison Park website

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