The Flatiron District takes its name from one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. The wedge-like Flatiron Building is one of the city’s first skyscrapers and has defined area architecture for the entire century elapsed since its completion. The bulk of the neighborhood’s office stock consists of aging properties that are being renovated and can provide attractive loft-style office space in one of Midtown South’s most heavily trafficked and vibrant areas.
Notable properties in the district include the MetLife Tower with its marble exterior and easily recognizable clock tower—the anchor tenant at the property that once held the title of tallest in the world is Credit Suisse—and the One Madison condominium tower, one of the area’s newer skyscrapers.
The nearby Union Square has become the focal point of the city’s youthful energy. A driving force has been the city-operated Greenmarket, one of the most famous farmers’ markets in the country, leading to a boom in dining options. As a result, the Flatiron District may be the city’s leading district for fine dining at this point. Danny Meyer’s restaurant empire—Union Square Café, Gramercy Tavern, Shake Shack, Tabla, and Eleven Madison Park—all took shape within the limits of the district. Soon, Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe’s came to the area, along with countless upscale stores, bars, cafés, theaters, and the large mixed-use Zeckendorf Towers development on the east side of Union Square.
Union Square is one of the largest subway hubs in the city. The 4, 5, 6, R, N, W, and L trains all stop there. The F, V, 1, 2, and 3 all stop at Sixth Avenue. Many of the same trains stop at 23rd Street near Madison Square. The district offers some of the best transit options in Manhattan, further contributing to the area’s emergence as Midtown South’s hotspots.