This neighborhood, named after the iconic triangular skyscraper at the juncture of 23rd Street, Broadway, and 5th Avenue, has seen its stock as a residential area rise greatly over the last three decades.
The Flatiron District has always been conveniently full of offices – without the tourist crush from which Midtown’s business district sidewalks suffer – but in recent years, an influx of restaurants and other amenities have made it just as desirable a place to call home. It’s still thoroughly saturated with commercial real estate – big-name retailers and small boutiques, chain restaurants and trendy neighborhood bistros, the offices of global companies and new tech start-ups all line the busy but charming streets.
Between the Flatiron’s perfectly central location – smack dab between east and west, north and south – and proximity to Union Square’s transit hub, the entire city becomes effortlessly accessible. Ease of travel aside, in the Flatiron all you need is right outside your front door; casual or fine dining, shopping, green space and more.
One of the city’s most recognizable and photographed buildings, this wedge-shaped skyscraper is only six feet wide at certain points. It’s currently a functional office building, though the next decade may see its transformation into a luxury hotel.
Celebrity chef Mario Batali’s Italian food mecca, located just across from the Flatiron building, is many things - specialty grocery store, several distinct restaurants, rooftop beer garden, cooking school, bookstore. The halls of this high-end food court are perpetually packed with tourists and local foodies alike, but it’s worth joining the throng for an unparalleled gastronomic adventure.Eataly New York
Unofficially recognized as the equivalent of Times Square for locals - as opposed to tourists - Union Square is one of downtown New York’s preeminent destinations. Its many subway options, as well as its location at the intersection between downtown and uptown and east and west, make it one of the city’s most trafficked transit centers and meeting spots. A farmer’s market - one of the city’s biggest - takes place on its grounds four days a week, and in the winter a charming holiday market features booths of crafts and giftwares.Union Square Partnership
A perfect break spot for Flatiron’s scores of worker bees as well as a neighborhood gathering spot for its residential denizens, this spacious urban oasis features a fountain, a dog run, plenty of sitting and lounging space, art installations - and, of course, an outdoor outpost of the famous burger chain Shake Shack. Amazingly, the park has been used as a public space since 1686.Madison Square Park Conservancy