Flatiron Building

Flatiron Building, the triangular tower at the center, sits on the intersection of 23rd St. (front of Flatiron), Broadway (left), and Fifth Avenue (right).

The famous Beaux- Arts Flatiron Building (1902), originally called Fuller Building, at 175 Fifth Ave between 22nd and 23rd Streets, is one of the oldest skyscrapers in the city.

It looks flat and narrow when viewed from the side.

Madison Square

The building’s cultural legacy is a little more interesting and has passed into the local social consciousness as a fable. It is said that the building created unusual eddies in the wind which would cause women’s skirts to fly around as they walked on 23rd street. This attracted throngs of young men who gathered to view the barelegged spectacle. Police would try to disperse these knots of heavy-breathers by calling to them, “23 Skidoo.” (Read more at http://www.glasssteelandstone.com/BuildingDetail/438.php)

Flatiron Building and the sidewalk clock at 200 Fifth Ave (1902)
A closer look at the apex
sidewalk clock viewed from the other side

The Flatiron Building is pretty much like New Yorkers (“New Yawkahs”) – bold, sophisticated, and risk-loving. It really is a concrete jungle out there and NYC’s architecture is one of the reasons why I love this city.


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