The Flatiron District in Manhattan

Saturday, 12 December 2015 - 01:00 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: General, New York City
Reading Time:  4 minutes

Flatiron District © flickr.com - Dave Lindblom/cc-by-2.0

Flatiron District © flickr.com – Dave Lindblom/cc-by-2.0

The Flatiron District is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan, named after the Flatiron Building at 23rd Street, Broadway and Fifth Avenue. Generally the Flatiron District can be said to be bounded by 20th Street, Union Square and Greenwich Village to the south; the Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue) or Seventh Avenue and Chelsea to the west; 25th Street and NoMad to the north; Rose Hill to the northeast, and Lexington Avenue/Irving Place, Gramercy Park to the east.

Broadway cuts through the middle of the district, and Madison Avenue begins at 23rd Street and runs north. At the north (uptown) end of the district is Madison Square Park, which was completely renovated in 2001. The Flatiron District encompasses within its boundaries the Ladies’ Mile Historic District and the birthplace of Theodore Roosevelt, a National Historic Site. The Flatiron District was also the birthplace of Silicon Alley, a metonym for New York’s high technology sector, which has since spread beyond the area.

Ladies' Mile Historic District © Beyond My Ken/cc-by-sa-4.0 Ladies' Mile Historic District © Beyond My Ken/cc-by-sa-4.0 Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower, gracing Madison Square Park © Richardfalk2/cc-by-sa-3.0 Flatiron Building from the top of the Empire State Building © Henry2man/cc-by-sa-3.0 Flatiron District © flickr.com - Dave Lindblom/cc-by-2.0
<
>
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower, gracing Madison Square Park © Richardfalk2/cc-by-sa-3.0
The designation “Flatiron District” dates from around 1985, and came about because of its increasingly residential character, and the influx of many restaurants into the area – real estate agents needed an appealing name to call the area in their ads. Before that, the area was primarily commercial, with numerous small clothing and toy manufacturers, and was sometimes called the Toy District. The Toy Center buildings at 23rd Street and Broadway date from this period, and the annual American International Toy Fair took place there beginning in 1903, except for 1945. When much of this business moved outside the U.S., the area began to be referred to as the Photo District because of the large number of photographers’ studios and associated businesses located there, the photographers having come because of the relatively cheap rents. As of the 2000s, many publishers have their offices in the district, as well as advertising agencies, and the number of computer- and Web-related start-up companies in the area caused it to be considered part of “Silicon Alley” or “Multimedia Gulch”, along with TriBeCa and SoHo.

Attractions in the area include the Museum of Sex and the Gershwin Hotel, both located on 27th Street. The Gershwin is a tribute to the late pop artist Andy Warhol, and features some of his art and memorabilia throughout the hotel. There are also many stores around the area, such as Ann Taylor, Victoria’s Secret, Club Monaco and Origins. “Big-box” retailers dominate Sixth Avenue between 14th Street and 23rd Street, at the district’s western edge.

Read more on timeout.com – Gramercy and Flatiron guide: The best of the neighborhood, nycgo.com – Flatiron building, Wikivoyage Gramercy Flatiron and Wikipedia Flatiron District (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.






Recommended posts:

Share this post: (Please note data protection regulations before using buttons)

Theme Week Bahrain - Hawar Islands

Theme Week Bahrain - Hawar Islands

[caption id="attachment_164210" align="aligncenter" width="583"] Hawar Islands Resort © Rudolph Jouber/cc-by-sa-1.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Hawar Islands is an archipelago of desert islands owned by Bahrain, situated off the west coast of Qatar in the Gulf of Bahrain of the Persian Gulf. The islands used to be one of the settlements of the Bahraini branch of the Dawasir who settled there in the early 19th century. The islands were first surveyed in 1820, when they were called the Warden’s Islands, and two villages were ...

[ read more ]

Theme Week Catalonia - Lleida

Theme Week Catalonia - Lleida

[caption id="attachment_151287" align="aligncenter" width="590"] La Seu Vella cathedral © Hector Blanco de Frutos/cc-by-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Lleida is the capital city of the province of Lleida. Geographically, it is located in the Catalan Central Depression. The metro area has about 250,000 inhabitants. It is also the capital city of the Segrià comarca, as well as the largest city in the province. It had 137,000 inhabitants as of 2010, including the contiguous municipalities of Raimat and Sucs. Lleida is one ...

[ read more ]

The Skyscraper Museum in Battery Park City

The Skyscraper Museum in Battery Park City

[caption id="attachment_26703" align="aligncenter" width="460"] © skyscraper.org[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Skyscraper Museum is an architecture museum located in Battery Park City in New York City and founded in 1996. As the name suggests, the museum focuses on high-rise buildings as "products of technology, objects of design, sites of construction, investments in real estate, and places of work and residence." Before moving to the current and permanent location in Battery Park City in 2004, the museum was a nomadic institu...

[ read more ]

Theme Week Balearic Islands - Ibiza

Theme Week Balearic Islands - Ibiza

[caption id="attachment_152424" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Ibiza Town © Forbfruit/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Ibiza is a Spanish island in the Mediterranean Sea 79 km off the coast of the city of Valencia in Spain. It is the third largest of the Balearic Islands. With Formentera, it is one of the two Pine Islands or Pityuses. Its largest cities are Ibiza Town (Catalan:Vila d'Eivissa or simply Vila), Santa Eulària des Riu and Sant Antoni de Portmany. Its highest point, called Sa Talaiassa or Sa Talaia, is 475 m...

[ read more ]

Theme Week Kazakhstan - Oskemen

Theme Week Kazakhstan - Oskemen

[caption id="attachment_191953" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Theatre © Iskanderov Damir/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Ust-Kamenogorsk or Oskemen is the administrative center of East Kazakhstan Region with a population of 310,000. It is served by Ust-Kamenogorsk Airport. The city has two official names. In the Russian language, its name is Усть-Каменогорск; in the Kazakh language, its accepted name is Өскемен/Óskemen. Both names appear on the seal of the city. The city has three cinemas (although...

[ read more ]

New Guardhouse in Berlin

New Guardhouse in Berlin

[caption id="attachment_219560" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Ansgar Koreng/cc-by-sa-3.0-de[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Neue Wache (English: New Guard) is a listed building on Unter den Linden boulevard in the historic centre of Berlin, Germany. Erected from 1816 to 1818 according to plans by Karl Friedrich Schinkel as a guardhouse for the Royal Palace and a memorial to the Liberation Wars, it is considered as a major work of Prussian Neoclassical architecture. A Victoria relief by Johann Gottfried Schadow and five Gener...

[ read more ]

Lincoln Road Mall in Miami Beach

Lincoln Road Mall in Miami Beach

[caption id="attachment_217725" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Morris Lapidus Fountain © Tamanoeconomico/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Lincoln Road Mall is a pedestrian road running east–west parallel between 16th Street and 17th Street in Miami Beach, Florida, United States. Once completely open to vehicular traffic, it now hosts a pedestrian mall replete with shops, restaurants, galleries, and other businesses between Washington Avenue with a traffic accessible street extending east to the Atlantic Ocean and west...

[ read more ]

Kulturforum Berlin

Kulturforum Berlin

[caption id="attachment_201514" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Gemäldegalerie © Membeth[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Kulturforum is a collection of cultural buildings in Berlin. It was built up in the 1950s and 1960s at the edge of West Berlin, after most of the once unified city's cultural assets had been lost behind the Berlin Wall. The Kulturforum is characterized by its innovative modernist architecture; several buildings are distinguished by the organic designs of Hans Scharoun, and the Neue Nationalgalerie was designe...

[ read more ]

Halifax on the Atlantic

Halifax on the Atlantic

[caption id="attachment_153867" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Thorfinn/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Halifax, formally the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), is the capital of the province of Nova Scotia. The metropolitan area had a population of 390,000 in 2011 with 300,000 in the urban area. Formed by the 1996 amalgamation of Halifax County, the municipality is divided into 18 community planning areas, which are, in turn, divided into over 200 named communities and neighbourhoods, such as the former cities of ...

[ read more ]

Derinkuyu underground city in Turkey

Derinkuyu underground city in Turkey

[caption id="attachment_233837" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Deep ventilation well © Nevit Dilmen/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Derinkuyu underground city (Cappadocian Greek: Μαλακοπή / Malakopi; Turkish: Derinkuyu Yeraltı Şehri) is an ancient multi-level underground city of the Median Empire in the Derinkuyu district in Nevşehir Province, Turkey, extending to a depth of approximately 85 metres (280 ft). It is large enough to have sheltered as many as 20,000 people together with their livestock and f...

[ read more ]

Return to TopReturn to Top
Lido vaporetto terminal © Gary Houston
Theme Week Venice – Lido di Venezia

The Lido – or Venice Lido (Lido di Venezia) – is an 11-kilometre (7-mile) long sandbar in Venice, northern Italy;...

Place des Vosges © AlNo/cc-by-sa-3.0
The Marais in Paris

Le Marais ("The Marsh") is a historic district in Paris. Long the aristocratic district of Paris, it hosts many outstanding...

'Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas' sign © Pobrien301
The Las Vegas Strip

The Las Vegas Strip is a stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard South in Clark County, Nevada, internationally known for its...

Schließen