Profile of a Building: The Flatiron Building

The Flatiron building was one of the first skyscrapers in New York, and its iconic shape, an extremely narrow triangle, is recognized throughout the world as a unique and interesting building.

The New York Times has an indepth profile of the building this week, and points out that though the exterior is awesome, the interior can be quirky, as much space is taken up by the elevators, furniture is hard to fit, and one floor is accessible only via another floor!

Nonetheless, the Flatiron building is an important part of New York and provides tourists with great pictures, locals with a reference point, and occupants with a special form of comfort.

Because of its footprint and location, the Flatiron has problems and perks that other buildings do not. The swirling winds generated by its shape are said to have inspired the phrase “23 skidoo” — what police officers would say as they dispersed the men who gathered outside to linger and watch for women’s skirts to blow up as they passed.

Link - via gothamist

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One of my fav NYC buildings; often overlooked. Madison Square Park is sweet too. Plus there are some AMAZING places to eat right around there.
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