There’s no mistaking it – the Flatiron Building is one of New York City’s most iconic structures.
Completed in 1902, this steel-framed skyscraper has loomed over the city skyline for more than a century – and is actually only a few minutes walk from the doorstep of our Hotel in Flatiron District. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the Flatiron Building and everything you need to know about it…
About The Flatiron Building
Designed by Chicago architect Daniel Burnham and built in 1902, the Flatiron Building filled the wedge-shaped property located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway (which was initially intended to serve as offices for the George A. Fuller Company).
Standing at 285 feet tall and 22 stories high, the building was one of the tallest skyscrapers when it opened (and the third to be built in Manhattan). The building’s iconic design and location at one of the busiest intersections in New York make it one of the most recognizable buildings in the city.
Why should you visit the Flatiron Building?
Because we are located there…
But aside from that, it’s truly a New York City icon and its unique design stands out from the crowd. Even today, it is an impressive sight when surrounded by the towering skyscrapers of Manhattan.
The Flatiron district is also home to some of New York’s coolest bars and restaurants including Undercote, Dear Irving Gramercy Tavern as well as our very own Broken Shaker, Comodo, Georgia Rooms and Bar Calico.
What is there to do at the Flatiron Building?
There are lots of ways that you can see the Flatiron Building if you’re visiting New York City. From bus tours and walking tours through to architecture specific tours. Depending on which you choose, you may get a different perspective of what the Flatiron Building means to those who have resided within it to the locals who have walked by it hundreds of times in their lifetimes.
You may even learn some fun facts about the building – like the fact that the original elevators were Otis water hydraulic elevators powered by pressure. Or that the basement level used to be called the Tavern Louis which was in operation when the building opened and soon became a speakeasy – with the likes of Irving Berlin visiting.
Near the Flatiron Building, coffee lovers should check out Devoción or Gotham Coffee Roasters.
The best way to enjoy the Flatiron Building
To get the best shot for the gram, be sure to visit 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue – from the sides – or Madison Square Park to get the best angles of the Flatiron Building.
How do I get there from Freehand New York?
Freehand New York is super close to the Flatiron Building so it would be hart not to pay a visit.
Walk (approx 7 mins): Head out of Freehand south-west on Lexington Avenue towards East 23rd Street, for 148 feet, before turning right onto East 23rd Street. After 0.3 miles, turn left onto Broadway and the Flatiron Building will be on your right.
Taxi (approx 7 mins)