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The Flatiron District, as diverse as New York itself, includes some of the City's most popular restaurants, a dynamic retail environment, superb educational institutions and historic architectural attractions. A growing residential community creates added vitality to the neighborhood.
The designation "Flatiron District" for this area is of relatively recent vintage, dating from around 1985, and came about because of its increasingly residential character,and the influx of many restaurants into the area. Prior to then, the area was primarily commercial, with numerous small clothing and toy manufacturers, and was sometimes called the Toy District.
This area is irregularly shaped and consists of approximately 38 square blocks, running from 21st to 28th Streets and from parts of Sixth Avenue up to, but not including, Third Avenue.
Notable buildings in the district include the Flatiron Building, one of the oldest of the original New York skyscrapers, and just to east at 1 Madison Avenue is the Met Life Tower, built in 1909 and the tallest building in the world until 1913, when the Woolworth Building was completed.
A few upscale hotels have recently been added to the area and several “big box” retailers can be found along Sixth Avenue between 14th Street and 23rd Street, at the district's western edge. The Flatiron District's hotels are great options comparative to other parts of Manhattan. However, the Flatiron District restaurants are in a class of their own. From asian cuisine to southern BBQ, the list of great Flatiron restaurants grows constantly!
The Flatiron District continues to beautify and improve itself. Several Public Plazas that were initiated north of and adjacent to the Flatiron Building in 2008 have brought new life, an influx of visitors and a revitalization of business. These are embellished by lush plantings, bright blue umbrellas, silver-toned tables and chairs and are great places to relax and enjoy the city.
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