Located to the east of Chelsea, the Flatiron District in New York has some of the most recognizable architecture in this enormous city. The most significant one of them is the triangular Flatiron Building, which gave the Flatiron District its name.
The neighborhood owes its name to the famous Flatiron Building. One of the city’s most photographed buildings is the district’s trademark and one of the city’s oldest skyscrapers. Flatiron District in New York was once the home of toy factories and countless photo studios. It is now a popular residential and entertainment district. The name changed in 1980 from “Photo District”, or “Toy District” to its current name. As the commercial character had subsided, the area now needed a name that sold well in the real estate industry. Also, one of our favorite public parks is part of the exciting district: the Madison Square Park!
There are a lot of things to do in Flatiron: Here in this guide, we will give you our recommendations on what to do in this neighborhood.
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My TOP 5 Things To Do in Flatiron District NYC
Flatiron Building – It’s arguably the most recognizable building in the city. You can’t miss it because of its triangular shape. The building was meant to attract artists and was built in 1902.
Madison Square Park– Not to be confused with Madison Square Garden, the park is located right next to the Flatiron Building. It’s a nice little sanctuary and even has a Shake Shack in the park.
Eataly – Located right next to the Flatiron Building and Madison Square Park, Eataly has become pretty popular. Eataly is an Italian hotspot that has provided New Yorkers with cafe’s, restaurants and even cooking classes.
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace: On 28 E 20th Street is the birthplace of former United States President Theodore Roosevelt. He was born in this house in 1858 and lived there until he was fourteen years old.
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Where is the Flatiron District in NYC located?
The Flatiron District is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan and is bounded by Chelsea to the west (6th Avenue), Midtown to the north (starting from 26th Street) and Gramercy to the south. The eastern boundary is Lexington Avenue.
Here you find a map of Flatiron District NYC
How to Get To the Flatiron District in New York
Metro: Getting to these two neighborhoods is pretty easy. There are a bunch of trains in the area which makes it accessible to commuters. Here, you’ll find the subways at 23rd Street and 5th Ave. On 23rd Street and 6th Ave, you can access the and the Path Train.
By Foot: If you’re already in Midtown, you may as well walk to the Flatiron District.
Hop on Hop Off Bus: The closest stop is Stop 5 of the downtown loop of BIG BUS (“Union Square”) or stop 6 of the downtown loop of Gray Line Sightseeing (“Union Square”). Here you find more about Hop on Hop off in NYC.
My tip: the tickets for the buses are included in many of the New York City passes – which one is the best for you, you can see in my Pass Comparison for New York!
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The 11 Best Things To Do in the Flatiron District
When you walk through this neighborhood, make sure to check out The Flatiron Building first. It’s arguably the most recognizable building in all of Manhattan!
Wondering what to do in the Flatiron District NYC? Here’s my list of things I personally recommend you do!
Take photos of the famous Flatiron Building
The Flatiron Building is one of the most popular, beautiful and iconic buildings in NYC. The triangle shaped building likens the shape of a iron, hence the name. As one of the most photogenic spots in NYC this is definitely worth the visit for every tourist.
Learn more about this area on this FREE Flatiron Food, Architecture and History Tour
The Flatiron Building is one of the most photographed buildings in the city. But there is much more to discover in the direct neighbourhood. Thanks to the organization “Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership” you will be guided through the district every Sunday by a free guide. Meeting point is the southwest corner of Madison Square Park.
Visit Theodore Roosevelt's Birthplace
Gramercy Park is famous for its special, ancient Brownstone Houses. But one thing stands out: the birthplace of the former President of the United States: Theodore Roosevelt. He was born in this house in 1858 and lived there until the age of fourteen. Today it is a museum that offers guided tours.
Get a thrilling behind the scenes look of a real New York Brownstone home that dates back to Roosevelt’s childhood, including original furniture and personal belongings from the former US president.
Relax and watch the bustle and bustle at Madison Square Park
Located right next to the Flatiron Building, Madison Square Park (opened in 1847) is a popular green oasis in the Flatiron District. The park extends along 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue from 23rd Street and 26th Street. Especially during lunchtime, many New Yorkers use the park for their lunch break.
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