Flatiron District

Manhattan

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"The Manhattan neighborhood takes it name from one of the world's most recognizable buildings, the wedge-shaped masterpiece designed by Daniel Burnham that dominated the New York City skyline when the early skyscraper was completed in 1902. While the footprint of the building resembles an antique cast-iron clothes iron, the surrounding neighborhood is a compact rectangle centered around Madison Square Park. The blocks north of Union Square, east of Chelsea and west of Gramercy Park weren't even a residential neighborhood until the 1980s when legacy clothing and toy factories began makeovers into housing units and restaurants. The cream of New York City's department stores once lined up along Sixth Avenue after the Civil War, before moving uptown in the 20th century and many of these dry goods palaces have been preserved in the Ladies' Mile Historic District. The Flatiron District remains heavily commercial with plenty of destination eateries and trendy boutique shopping for the busy young professionals who live in the high-rise buildings that dominate the neighborhood. One, the Italian Renaissance-flavored Met Life Building with its pyramidal crown looking down on Madison Square, spent three years as the world's tallest building after it was raised in 1911. Madison Square gave birth to the world famous Madison Square Garden in 1879. The iconic sports and entertainment arena left in 1925 but took the name with it. Today the park is a lovely landscape of flowers and greenery and its most famous resident is the original Shake Shack that opened in 2004 to dispense the world's best milkshakes. The 23rd Street (BMT Broadway Line) services the Flatiron District." By: Doug Gelbert

Neighborhood Highlights

Trains:

4
5
6
F
M
L
N
Q
R

Buses:

M1
M2
M3
M9
M14
M15
M23
M34A SBS
M101
M102
M103

Rental Prices:

$3,100 ― $8,800

Sales Prices:

$743,000 ― $2,115,000

Landmarks:

Met Life Tower, Madison Square Park, Ladies' Mile Historic District

School Districts:

2

Police Precincts:

13

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  • Jamie
    September 8th 2014
    I visited here when searching for colleges. The atmosphere is active but not hectic its a perfect place to walk around.

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