The Flatiron Building – one of the oldest original skyscrapers – is an iconic sight in New York City, featured in movies, television, and photographs for years. And around this unique location is an incredible neighborhood of fine dining, shopping, culture, history, and education.
Named for the triangular 22-story landmark, the Flatiron District also houses the Met Life Tower and its incredible 700-foot marble clock tower. Nearby, 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. There’s also the stunning display of statuary adorning the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court on Madison Avenue. The sense of history in the Flatiron District goes beyond architecture; it also houses the Ladies’ Mile Historic District and the birthplace of Theodore Roosevelt, a National Historic Site. And a less well-known fact – the Flatiron District was also the birthplace of Silicon Alley, a term now associated with the high technology sector, which has since spread beyond the area. Baruch College’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 in the District.
The Flatiron District is a wonderful combination of historical and modern which is evident when attractions such as the Museum of Sex and the Gershwin Hotel, a tribute to the late pop artist Andy Warhol, featuring some of his art and memorabilia, sit on the same street! Interactive displays make the National Museum of Mathematics a must-see for kids and adults alike. This vibrant neighborhood includes a wide selection of shopping, including Ann Taylor, Victoria’s Secret, Take 31, Club Monaco, and Origins. A few blocks south of the Flatiron Building on Fifth Avenue is Club Monaco – which has been renovated to include Toby’s Estate Coffee and a mini outpost of the Strand Book Store – H&M, J.Crew, Coach, and Anthropologie. Looking for housewares? The Flatiron District is the place to be. Thirty-nine stores fill every possible need – Restoration Hardware, Marimekko, Poggen Pohl, ABC Carpet & Home, Fishs Eddy are just some of the businesses lining the streets. This is an interior design aficionado’s dream neighborhood. For the young and young-at-heart, there’s the 3,500-square- foot, a toy heaven full of intricate Lego sculptures including the evolution of the Flatiron District, and an 8- foot-tall Statue of Liberty torch.
From baking tools at NY Cake & Baking Distributors to travel-related publications and language classes at Idlewild Books, to Manhattan Saddlery, the only tack shop in New York City (and more), there are so many wonderful destinations in the Flatiron District to please every interest. There’s even a costume shop! But the Flatiron district is not just shopping – Madison Square Park with its dog run, playground, and beautiful greenery in the heart of the neighborhood. The Madison Square Park Conservancy, a public-private partnership, works hard to maintain this oasis, and infuse it with fun. Food-truck events and concerts are just a few of their endeavors.
But what is the crown jewel? Food! There is no shortage of amazing eats in the neighborhood, for every taste bud and price, starting with Eataly. Part restaurant, part café, part market and 100% foodie heaven, Eataly’s Flatiron location is a draw to the neighborhood. Local and organic New American cuisine is a popular choice as well, from top rated restaurants like Eleven Madison Park, Gramercy Tavern, and ABC Kitchen. Modern Mexican is on display at Cosme and retro Southern food can be found at Hill Country Chicken. Burger joint Shake Shack is a popular attraction, while Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop has been serving up egg creams and giant sandwiches since 1929! Food trucks are a common sight, with folks queuing up for delicious choices (there’s even seating so you can enjoy your meal in the sun!).
Much like the array of restaurants and eateries, the Flatiron District enjoys upscale lounges, dive bars and everything in between. Enjoy a drink on a rooftop lounge at the Gansevoort Park Avenue or play ping-pong at SPiN New York. Love Jazz? There’s the Flatiron Lounge and the Jazz Standard. The Flatiron Hall is a fun beer hall and restaurant, ideal for socializing.
For a bit of glam, check out the 40/40 Club, owned by Jay Z (yes, the Jay Z)! Live music, theatre, and dance shows can be found at the Gramercy Theatre, the nearby Baruch Performing Arts Center and for comedy, the Peoples Improv Theater. The Flatiron District is a fun, vibrant and exciting neighborhood and a wonderful microcosm of the city. The gorgeous park, great food, and endless activities make this an incredible place to call home.