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Flatiron Building

Location: 175 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

The Flatiron Building, is a triangular 22-story steel-framed landmarked building located at 175 Fifth Avenue. It was built in 1902 and designed by Chicago architect Daniel Burnham, whose work includes Union Station in Chicago, as well as Union Station in Washington D.C.

Upon completion, it was one of the tallest buildings in the city at 20 floors high and one of only two skyscrapers north of 14th Street – the other being the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower, one block east. Local residents used to refer to the triangular lot bounded by Broadway, and Fifth Avenue, and 22nd and 23rd Street as the "Flat Iron" (with its shape resembling that of a household clothes iron).

When the building was constructed, the nickname stuck. The building, which has been called "one of the world's most iconic skyscrapers and a quintessential symbol of New York City", anchors the south (downtown) end of Madison Square and the north (uptown) end of the Ladies' Mile Historic District. The neighborhood around it is called the Flatiron District after its signature building.

Due to an oversight in the original design, there were no bathrooms for ladies when the building first opened, so the men's and women's bathrooms are now on alternating floors! The New York Tribune called the new building "A stingy piece of pie ... the greatest inanimate troublemaker in New York", while the Municipal Art Society said that it was "Unfit to be in the Center of the City" and The New York Times called it a "monstrosity.”

Today, the building is a much beloved part of the NY landscape and as an icon of New York City, the Flatiron Building is a popular spot for tourist photographs, making it "possibly one of the most photographed buildings in the world.”