FlatironFun, Food and . . .
Aesthetics figure strongly in desirable Flatiron. The iconic triangle-shaped Flatiron building is a marvel of early 20th century architecture and the whole neighborhood is rife with many more striking facades. Every spring, anticipation runs high about what this summer’s art installation will be in Madison Square Park. It’s always something engaging to be savored while enjoying lunch on one of the benches lining its winding paths, or picnicking on its lawns. A free concert or a BBQ festival may be happening there, too. The Olmsted and Vaux designed Union Square Park, NYC’s answer to the European piazza, holds the city’s largest greenmarket 4 days a week as well as a holiday market and a steady stream of impromptu yoga classes, chess games, and free music.
Visual treats tempt from the storefronts along Broadway as well. To wander through ABC Home is to be immersed in a magical land of curated vignettes, at the rear of which are some of the most enchanting and acclaimed restaurants in the city. Across the street is Fishs Eddy, a fun and funky shop that sells old-time restaurant dishware and other nostalgia inspired items. Eataly is a stunning Italian food market/eatery where it’s tempting to either pick up fresh ingredients for a lavish feast at home or sit and enjoy a meal either at one of the ground floor market area restaurants or at the Birreria on the roof.
During the day, the streets are packed with professionals who work at the many office buildings in Flatiron. At night, the mood is more upscale fun at places like Society Billiards and the many fabulous restaurants and well-appointed bars that dot the neighborhood.
Flatiron Real Estate
With so many commercial buildings, apartments are scarce in this very hot neighborhood and come at a premium. Vacancies in the recently developed, amenity-laden luxury buildings get snapped up by families and professionals who can afford the hefty price tag. There are also a few smaller doorman buildings and slightly more affordable walk-ups. The area north of Madison Square Park, or NoMad, has more apartments, both new and old, on the market and is somewhat less pricey.
Flatiron has easy access to all parts of the city and Brooklyn by subway. It’s also an easy walk into Midtown, Chelsea, or Gramercy, and downtown into Greenwich Village or the East Village.
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The neighborhood is also served by the PATH.