Named for the iconic Flatiron Building, the Flatiron District has long been known as a hub of commerce. Forming a corridor between Union Square Park to the south and Madison Square Park to the north, this neighborhood almost constantly buzzes with activity between the throngs of office workers during the week and the shoppers flocking to the Fifth Avenue stores on weekends.
But while all this hustle and bustle might say “typical New York” to the average person, the neighborhood’s residents will tell you the Flatiron District isn’t just a good place to go; it’s also a great place to live. The neighborhood has kept and restored much of its historic architecture over the years, giving it a stately feel as you walk the streets. At the same time, the area is undergoing a renaissance with the development of multiple newer luxury high-rise condos loaded with amenities. You can also find some older coops, elevator buildings and historic walkups scattered throughout the area.
As for the neighborhood itself, it’s not all office crowds and shoppers. Living in Flatiron, you’ll enjoy a wide diversity of dining options ranging from hole-in-the-wall eateries to Michelin-rated restaurants like Eleven Madison Park. Residents also enjoy the green space and art installations of Madison Square Park along with the famed farmer’s market on Union Square. And while the neighborhood has its share of bars and clubs (many with rooftop views), the evenings tend to be quieter and more relaxed after the offices and stores have closed for the day.