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Google Map of Flatiron Building, NYC

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The Flatiron Building in Manhattan, located at the crossroads of Broadway, 5th Avenue and 23rd Street. The building was originally called the Fuller Building, after Fuller Brush Company.

If you scroll northeast of the building, you will see madison Square Park, which used to be NYC's Potters Field. The park also held the arm and torch of the Statue of Liberty while it was being constructed.

Editor's note (Wikipedia): 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. The building was designed by Chicago's Daniel Burnham in the Beaux-Arts style on a triangular island block at 23rd Street, Fifth Avenue, and Broadway, facing Madison Square. Like a classical Greek column, its limestone and glazed terra-cotta fašade is separated into three parts horizontally.

Locals took an immediate interest in the building, placing bets on how far the debris would spread when the wind knocked it down and nicknaming it "the Flatiron" because of the building's resemblance to the irons of the day. At the rounded tip, the triangular tower is only 2 meters wide. 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.

The aerodynamic shape of the building led to a wind-tunnel effect up the streets on which it was situated. It is said that in the building's early days, when a lady's bare ankle was a titillating sight, rogues would line up along the sidewalk to catch glimpses. Police officers would then shoo the men away from their 23rd Street loitering positions; they called this the "23 skidoo."

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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