Flatiron Building, New York City

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    Flatiron Building

    by Mahieu Written Nov 17, 2004

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    Another example of the diverse NY architecture: the Flatiron building. Facing it, it indeed looks like an iron and if you look from a specific angle, the building is nearly flat. This particular form was determined by the unusually shaped plot of land on which it was built, during the late 20's.

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    Every town should have one!

    by sue_stone Updated Sep 23, 2004

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    The Flatiron Building was New Yorks first skyscraper, completed in 1902.

    Apparently at the time, New Yorkers were scared it was going to fall down!!

    It is a fabulous triangular tower and is only six feet wide at its rounded narrow end.

    The design really makes it stand out as one of the truely special New York buildings.

    It is a surprise when you are walking up 5th Avenue and you come across it - very cool!

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    FlatIron Building

    by chodearm Updated Aug 23, 2004

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    Triangular like a Clothes Iron, hence the name, and the neighborhoods name. I work across the street from this piece of pie in the Toy Building and have a profile view from my office window. Its at a extremely busy intersection where Broadway, 5th avenue and 23 street all meet and make a pretzel of each other. Just north east of it is the Madison Square Park which I have Luncheons on the Grass within. Go into this park its beautiful and lively during the lunch hour. There is also nice views of the surrounding buildings from this vantage point.

    At a certain angle you can make this building look like just a flat wall.

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    By heck, you should see the size of the shirts...

    by sourbugger Updated May 23, 2004

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    The flatiron in 1903

    Everyone who visits New York, must come away with an impression of their favourite building.

    For some it will be avant-garde design of the Guggenheim, for others the dainty top of the Chrysler, or the sheer character of the Empire state.

    Personally I preferred a skyscraper with a bit of human scale to it - the Flatiron building fits the bill for me. It's not in fact the oldest skyscraper in New York, but it must be one of the most photogenic - Indeed whilst we passed by a photo-shoot was in progress.

    When it was built the locals apparently thought the wind would topple the structure and bets were taken about how far the debris would fall - but it's still standing resolutely well over 100 years later.

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    Flatiron Building

    by Custodyspice Written Apr 18, 2004

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    Awesome

    Our hotel was right around the corner from the flatiron building, and this is my favourite skyscraper in New York, because of its unusual shape and amazing detail. It was completed in 1903 and for a short while, the tallest skyscraper in New York.

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    One of the first ever "cast-iron" buildings.

    by Christophe_Ons Updated Mar 11, 2004

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    The triangle made by Fifth Avenue, Broadway and 23rd St is the site of one of New York's most famous early skyscrapers : the Flatiron Building (originally named the Fuller building, after the construction company that owned it).

    Some more facts about the Flatiron building :

    The "angels" you see on top of the building are not the originals but reproductions from photographs - the originals are lost. The recently installed ones are said to look more adult.

    There are two very common misconceptions about this popular building :
    -that it was the first NYC building to use an iron cast
    -that it was briefly the tallest buildig in the world.
    Facts :
    -The first steel-frame building in NYC was the Tower Building, built in 1888 by Bradford Lee Gilbert at 50 Broadway. It was, however, demolished later.
    -At the time the Flatiron Building was completed in 1902, the Park Row building was taller.

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    The Flatiron Building

    by acemj Updated Jul 27, 2003

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    One of Murray Hill's top highlights, the Flatiron Building was originally called the Fuller Building when it was completed in 1902. But hey, that name just doesn't cut it!
    The steel beam construction enabled the architect to support the building's unique and revolutionary design.

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    As seen on the big white screen...

    by mafootje Written Apr 30, 2003
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    This building is in almost every movie that is recorded in New York. We knew the building from the movies and had no idea or intentions to look for it. But we did bump into it while walking through New York City.

    The building was even smaller in than i thought (only 6 feet at the start).

    They say it's the oldest remaining skyscraper in New York and is about 285 feet (87 meters) tall.

    It is in use as a commercial office building.

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    Flatiron

    by rickyvilla81 Written Mar 17, 2003

    On the corner of Broadway and 5th is the recognisable Flatiron building, built in 1902 and once the World's tallest building according to one book (taller than the Eiffel Tower? Really? Hmmm). Still, in 1905 Steichen took a famous photograph of it that adorns bland modern offices to this day.

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    The Flatiron Building

    by seamandrew Updated Feb 18, 2003

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    The Flatiron building is the oldest and one of the most distinguishable skyscrapers in New York City. It was designed by Daniel Burnham and built in 1902. It was built in a Chicago Early Modern style and is supported by it's strong steel frame. It is 285 feet (87 meters) tall.

    You need to walk around the building to get the best understanding of why it has it's name. From one angle the building has depth and from another it looks incredibly flat. Very interesting architecture.

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    Flatiron Building

    by virtualpatrick Updated Feb 3, 2003

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    This triangular shaped building catches your eye on 5th Ave between 22nd & 23rd Sts as it blends traditionalism and modernism.

    Before the "dot-com" crash a few years ago, this area used to be known for several years as the northern part of "Silicon Alley" due to the numerous internet-based start-ups in the area.

    Northeast from here is Madison Square Park where in 2002 there was a reality show called "Dog Days" based on certain dogs and their owners who frequent a dog run in the park. The show was played on the Animal Planet channel, and was sort of a cross between "Friends" and the "Real World". Maybe you can still see those who got their 15 minutes of fame on TV - be on the lookout for a dog named Cherry and her cute red-headed owner Danielle.

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    by darthmilmo Written Oct 26, 2002
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    Made famous by many movies, including the recent Spiderman movie, the Flat Iron Building lies right next to Madison Square. This is a truly unique building and one of my favorite in the city. Check out the picture to see what I mean :). It still puzzles me how they came up with such a tight corner building.

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    The Flatiron Building -

    by bugalugs Updated Sep 12, 2002

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    The Flatiron Building - I have seen this building on films and the TV and also on Martin_S's New York page, so I thought I would have one as well :)!!
    It was built in 1892 when this district was a very popular retail and entertainment area.

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    The Flatiron Building is named...

    by AndreasK Written Sep 7, 2002

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    The Flatiron Building is named for its distinctive triangular shape, which was determined by the unusually shaped plot of land on which it was built. This early skyscraper has been immortalized in countless photographs. The surrounding neighborhood came back into fashion 20 years ago and today boasts chic boutiques, restaurants and cafes.

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  • Flatiron Building

    by AnjoLuci Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The obvious way to maximize the potential of a triangular plot of land was to raise a triangular building on it, and with the Flatiron Building architect Daniel Burnham did exactly that. Completed in 1902, the 285-foot-high structure became the world's tallest building and was among the first in New York to use a stell frame construction. This was crucial element in the evolution of skyscraper pioneered by Burnham 20 years earlier in Chicago.

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