The exact borders of the Flatiron District are up for debate, but for this guide, we're defining them as everything from Lexington Avenue to 6th Avenue, and from 14th to 34th Streets.
At the center of the neighborhood sits the famously triangularly-shaped Flatiron Building. Once the tallest building the world, and one of the first skyscrapers ever built, it is now not even the tallest building on Madison Square Park. As time has changed the city's skyline, so too has it changed the Flatiron District.
Actually, the Flatiron District has only even been called that since the mid-80's, when real estate agents wanted a swanky-sounding name to sell apartments. Before that, the area was sometimes called the Toy District or the Photo District — names you never hear anymore.
Today the Flatiron District is home to a large, wealthy residential population, many popular restaurants, and a good deal of the country's publishing industry. It also happens to be a main hub of the New York tech scene.
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Word on the Street: "The Flatiron neighborhood is home to so many businesses — big and small, both inside and outside of the tech industry — as well as a bevy of restaurants and coffee shops to keep everyone going throughout the week. With both Madison Square Park and Union Square just a couple of blocks away, it's the perfect neighborhood for getting some fresh air during the day. It also doesn't hurt that it's incredibly accessible to our commuters that come via bike (and Citibike), train, bus and foot!" — Marissa Arnold,
Transportation: 4,5,6 at 14th, 23rd and 33rd Streets; L at Union Square; N,Q,R at Union Square, 23rd and 28th Streets; B,D,F,M at Union Square, 23rd Street and Herald Square.
Coworking spaces: Rise New York, NeueHouse, Cowrkrs, District CoWork, Coalition, WeWork-Irving Place, WeWork-Gramercy, WeWork-Park South, WeWork-NoMad, WeWork-Empire State
Best happy hours: The Cellar, Flatiron Room, Tavern29, Flatiron Lounge, Ichabod’s, Turnmill, The NoMad bar, The Headless Horseman, Barn Joo
Best place to grab a slice: PN Wood Fired Pizza, Grimaldi’s, Tappo Thin Crust Pizza, Frank’s Pizza, Mozzarelli’s