The Flatiron Building is an architectural feat in New York City. Located on the corners of Fifth Avenue, Broadway and 23rd Street, the Flatiron attracts the average tourist year-round to gaze up its towering height. Numerous artists draw inspiration from its resemblance to a ship's bow. Currently it is a functioning office building and is one of the most photographed buildings in the world.
Parking and public transportation to Flatiron Building
Parking may be a hassle for drivers. It's always better to walk in New York, or take the subway. The 1, 6, F, M, N and R trains stop at 23rd Street and are in walking distance to the Flatiron.
Best and worst time to go to Flatiron Building
For photographers, near sundown is among the best time to visit the Flatiron because the lighting is just right. Depending on the season, this could range from 4-7 p.m. Some of the worst times to go are during rush hour from 8-10 a.m. and 12-2 p.m. because of heavy traffic.
Admission to Flatiron Building
The Flatiron is primarily an office building. Although you may need to visit an office on the ground floor, the building is pretty much off-limits to passersby.
Must see/do at Flatiron Building
There is usually an urban art project on display in the square in front of the building. This provides an excellent vantage point for photographers. There is also some seating around the apex corner on 23 Street for people to settle in.
Other places to visit near Flatiron Building
Madison Square Park is directly across the street, which is a must for tourists to wander after gaping at the Flatiron. Plenty of restaurants and cafés are also located in this neighborhood, which is known as the Flatiron District. Other notable landmarks include the Gershwin Hotel, inspired by Andy Warhol, and the Sohmer Piano Building.
Insider tip for visitors to Flatiron Building
To blend in with real New Yorkers, try not to stare for too long. New York has a hard facade and busy commuters might just push you out of the way.
Author's bio: Emilia Navarro is a freelance travel writer based in NYC. She's walked by the Flatiron so much that she sometimes forgets to look up.