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Flatiron

Broadway and 5th Avenue cross in front of the Flatiron Building.

Shoppers Always Crowded These Streets, and Foodies Gather Now Too

The most notable landmark in the Flatiron neighborhood is the iconic building of the same name, but shopping is one of the best reasons to come here, with countless stores ranging from national chains to independent boutiques.

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At a Glance

  • Notable resident: Theodore Roosevelt, the only native New Yorker elected President, was born on East 20th Street.
  • Catch phrase: It's said winds whipping around the Flatiron Building inspired the phrase "23 skidoo" — policemen said it to shoo men waiting to see ladies' skirts fly up.
  • Buyers market: Fifth Avenue between 14th and 23rd Streets was known as "The Ladies Mile" because its many shops catered to the city's wealthiest women.

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About Flatiron

Shoppers, foodies, and media professionals are all mixed up in the daily bustle of the Flatiron District — a central Manhattan neighborhood with a rich architectural history. While almost any subway line will put you in the vicinity, hop the N or R train to 23rd Street to emerge at the base of the famous Flatiron Building, an iconic Beaux Arts beauty from which the area derives its current name. This busy neighborhood relaxes at Madison Square Park, a shady, fountained oasis. Fifth and Sixth Read More [+]

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