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Flatiron Building

Flatiron Building
Flatiron Building

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Perhaps you've seen it in the opening credits to The Late Show with David Letterman. You might recognize it as the Daily Bugle headquarters in the Spider-Man films or as "The Triangle Building" in Grand Theft Auto IV. Whether you've noticed it or not, the Flatiron Building, valued at $190 million, remains one of the oldest standing skyscrapers in Manhattan as well as a cultural and historic landmark.

Named for the shape of the block of land it stands upon, this 285-foot triangular tower of steel, limestone, and terracotta saw completion in 1902 as one of the tallest buildings in New York City. Chicago architect Daniel Burnham designed this Beaux-Arts style structure to resemble a classical column with an ornately carved base protruding at the top. Today, the Empire State Building and other nearby skyscrapers surpass the 22-story Flatiron Building in height, but perhaps not in fame.

The building rests on 23rd Street at the intersection of Broadway and Fifth Avenue across from Madison Square Park. Currently an office building, the edifice provides stunning views of the Empire State Building, Midtown, and the Theater District for those who inhabit the coveted "pointed end" of the upper floors. The building spans a mere six feet wide at this tip.

The Flatiron District surrounding the noteworthy structure comprises an eclectic neighborhood of publishing companies and advertising agencies, colleges and universities, stores and restaurants, hotels, parks, and museums. New York residents protested when a 15-story advertisement covered the Flatiron Building's facade during a 2005 restoration, prompting the city to force owners to remove it and proving that the building and its unique character are worth fighting for.

Attraction Information

  • Location:
  • 175 Fifth Avenue at 23rd Street, Broadway, and Fifth Avenue
  • Subway Stop:
  • Q, N, R, 4, 5, 6 to the 23rd Street Station
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