The dynamic commercial district where residents get the best of shopping, travel, and business
If anywhere in Manhattan pulses with a classic NYC feel, it’s the Flatiron district. This fast-paced and historic neighborhood surrounds the iconic Madison Square Park, and its convenient central location allows residents an easy commute to whichever parts of the city suits their needs — bustling and dynamic, all the way to relaxed and quiet.
Named after the landmark Flatiron building, Flatiron is right next to the neighborhoods of Gramercy Park and Chelsea and additionally lies within a ten-minute walk of Union Square, which serves as one of the central transportation hubs for all of Manhattan. Since its early roots, Flatiron has seen an influx in residential real estate, restaurants, shops, and the district houses several major corporations.
Due to its status as a primarily commercial area, the residential housing market in Flatiron can be highly competitive with a limited number of openings. Newer luxury high-rises provide amenities-rich apartments whose buildings often contain gyms, pools, and other residents-only features. There are few historic walk-ups, but they aren’t entirely impossible to find, either.
What to Expect
- Minutes from Union Square
- Endless shopping opportunities and a growing restaurant scene
- Exciting energy and a classic NYC vibe
People & Lifestyle
As a business and commercial district, the neighborhood is ideal for up-and-coming professionals and young entrepreneurs. While the nights can have a more serene vibe, day time in Flatiron is a flurry of activity and heavy foot traffic of the city’s energetic crowds. The area is also bursting with retail shopping, great dining, and plenty of activity to explore.
Dining, Shopping, & Entertainment
Arguably the most well-known shopping district in the world, Flatiron contains a portion of 5th Avenue’s famous lineup of luxury and designer brands. Walking along the lively streets, you’ll encounter modern stores such as lululemon, Madewell, Anthropologie, and Free People. When venturing off of the main artery, shoppers can find an array of trendy boutiques and must-visit shops in which they’ll be able to browse unique finds.
A vast market combines with impressive restaurants and made-to-order deli items at Eataly, the Flatiron branch of NYC’s famous food destination celebrating Italian cuisine. Serra Fiorita is one notable venue, and the rooftop dining arbored by lush greenery makes for a fairytale dining experience, topped only by the sumptuous Italian dishes. Another NYC must-try, Union Square Cafe is a multi-award-winning favorite that’s been captivating diners for decades.
Many of Flatiron’s restaurants can be notoriously hard to get a reservation at, but with good reason. At locations such as Upland, New American cuisine with heavy influences from California and Italy make for a heavenly menu that’s brought in frequent big-name celebs and garnered high praise in the food industry. Pioneered by Chef Hooni Kim and inspired by Korean taverns offering respite to its diners, HANJAN’s menu is packed with the full-bodied flavors of Korean comfort and street foods.
Things To Do
Apart from shopping, hitting up the latest restaurants, or people watching while resting along Broadway, the Flatiron district offers up plenty of activity options to keep its residents busy. Madison Square Park rests in the northern portion of the district, and its reputation as an urban oasis is well-deserved. Here, you’ll be able to enjoy public art installations, playgrounds, green space, walking paths, and a great dog park.
Those looking to explore the intellectual offerings of Flatiron can check out The National Museum of Mathematics, a unique and award-winning museum that displays the beauty of math in the real world. Gramercy Theatre offers an intimate setting for its multi-genre performances by big-name artists such as Miley Cyrus, Dave Chapelle, and The Roots.