The Flatiron Building: One Of My Favorite New York City Landmarks

I don't often get my two days off at work in a row because I prefer (and request) to have them split. Personally, having my work week broken up seems to keep me fresh by preventing me from getting into a routine. I know this sounds crazy, but having two days off in a row seems to go by faster than two days split. And I also prefer to have weekdays off rather than weekends. Maybe because I've predominately been in retail most of my life, weekends are really no big deal.

However...

There are times when my boss will surprise me by randomly scheduling my days off in a row whenever I receive an extra day off in the form of a PAID-OFF holiday. Such as it was this week when I worked on Memorial Day (and got time and a half), I was also entitled to an extra day off. So do you know what she did? She gave me Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday off. So do you know what "I" did? I took one of those days (Wednesday) and traveled into my favorite city...




Whenever I go to New York, I try to pick a different area of the city to explore. The last time I was there I walked around Midtown and Uptown. So this time I thought I would visit Lower Manhattan and the Village.

Sometimes before going, I will contemplate visiting certain NYC landmarks so that I can take pictures of them. Wednesday I decided to visit one of my favorite architectural landmarks, the Flatiron Building. *one of my other favorites is the Chrysler Center Building.

To me there is something so architecturally DRAMATIC about the Flatiron Building - the size, the shape, and the ornate exterior dressings. There is no other building like it!

So, allow me to take you on a little journey (past and present) to one of my favorites sights in Manhattan....


The Flatiron Building - constructed in 1902






Whenever I stand back and look at this phenomenal structure, I think to myself, "I cannot believe it's been majestically standing here for 114 years!"

AMAZING...


Have a stunning weekend everyone!
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A fascinating documentary on the Flatiron Building: Treasures of New York: The Flatrion Building

*Note: Over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing more about my recent trip to NYC. 

34 comments

  1. I absolutely LOVE that building!! So glad that you got to take a trip in to the city, Ron, as I know how much you love it! It has been very warm and humid so I expect the city was probably like that too. So sorry I haven't been around to comment much...dealing with some personal issues and trying to keep my head above water. I am happy you had a nice time off!

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  2. WOW Ron, what gorgeous photographs! And what a gorgeous building. I've never been to New York City but have a feeling I would love it because I like the energy that's part of city. Interesting to read about the history of the building.

    I prefer having my days off during the week as well.

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  3. Ron, your photographs are perfection in how they show just how grand and stunning the Flatiron building is! Oh, that's one of many things I miss about living in New York, its infamous landmarks. Your enthusiasm for my native city makes me miss it.

    Was it hot there that day? I know how bad New York can be during the summer. And speaking of heat, can you believe how hot and sticky it's been?

    I can't wait to see and read more about your recent trip. I look forward to it!

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  4. Hello there Jeanne!

    Isn't the Flatiron Building such a stunning piece of architecture? I decided on this recent trek into Manhattan that I wanted to take some photographs of it and also the lower part of the city and Greenwich Village. Yes, you're right....I so DO love that city! And I always feel so energetic and creative after I come home.

    Sorry to hear that you're going through some personal issues. Life can sometimes be very challenging, can't it? Whatever it is, I do hope all gets better for you soon.

    ((((((((( You )))))))))

    X to you and the girlz

    P.S. Yes, the city was warm and humid yesterday. But not as bad as I feared it would be because you know how much I can't stand to be hot :(

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  5. Hey there Candice!

    Thank you :) I took pictures with my phone AND my camera yesterday. The ones you see here are a mixture of both.

    OMG...NYC is faaaaaabulous! And if you enjoy the energy of cities, you would LOVE the energy in NY, it's amazing!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a fantastic weekend!
    X

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  6. Hello there Elaine!

    "Oh, that's one of many things I miss about living in New York, its infamous landmarks. Your enthusiasm for my native city makes me miss it."

    Don't ya just LOVE all the infamous landmarks of NYC? And there are SO MANY! Yes, I love that city and miss it whenever I go there and then have to come home. One of these days I will live there again, I just know it
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    "Was it hot there that day? I know how bad New York can be during the summer. And speaking of heat, can you believe how hot and sticky it's been?"

    Yes, it was hot and sticky but not as bad as I thought it might be. Lately it's been VERY humid, so I feared that yesterday would be tough. But I have to say, it wasn't that bad because it was breezy.

    I will be posting more in the next few weeks. I took SO MANY pictures (124) so I decided to share them in sections. I spent last night and this morning editing most of them.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, neighbor. Have a terrific weekend!
    X

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  7. Killer photographs, Ron! The 3rd one down is incredible because you can really get a sense of how immense and exquisite the Flatiron building is. Honestly, these photographs could be in Architectural Digest. I have such an obsession for how buildings are designed. I should have gone to school for architecture. Even my girlfriend, who is a graphic designer, tells me so.

    I love the then and now comparison.

    Very cool post, dude!

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  8. http://ladyfi.wordpress.comJune 03, 2016

    It really is an amazing building. I'd love to go inside and look out. Your photos are fabulous and I can't wait to see more of NY!

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  9. Jumping up and down.... Ooooooooooh..... I've seen it, I've seen it. How's that for bragging? I love, love, love, the architectural style but the photographs I took weren't very good. I put them on the computer and then lost them, along with many other holiday pictures. Damn and blast! Thanks for showing your latest pictures, Now I can spend the weekend with my memories.

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  10. Wow! You really captured some good angles of the Flatiron! I'm not sure I ever walked that close to it because I have no photos. Just remember seeing it in the distance? It is a very interesting structure.

    Can't wait to hear more about your trip! XO

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  11. Hiya Matt!

    Thank you :) I took the photographs from different angles and distances so that I could show it from various view points. I also took them at different times of the day - some early morning, some late afternoon.

    "I have such an obsession for how buildings are designed. I should have gone to school for architecture."

    OMG, me too....I LOVE anything to do with architecture!

    I decided to add the "then and now" photos to show the history of the building.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy. Have a most excellent weekend!
    X

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  12. Isn't it an amazing building, Fiona?

    " I'd love to go inside and look out."

    I've only been inside the lobby area, where there are retail stores. I would LOVE to see the upper floors

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a beautiful weekend!

    X

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  13. Thank you, Bijoux :)

    "I'm not sure I ever walked that close to it because I have no photos. Just remember seeing it in the distance?"

    The building is located on 5th Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Streets. I've walked passed it many times while visiting NYC, however before Thursday, I never actually stopped to take pictures.

    I will be posting more pics of the various areas I visited throughout the next couple of weeks.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a faaaaaabulous weekend!

    X

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  14. Good morning Valerie!

    "Jumping up and down.... Ooooooooooh..... I've seen it, I've seen it. How's that for bragging?"

    *clapping*

    You've seen the Flatiron Building?!!? That's AWESOME!!!! So you know what an AMAZING piece of architecture it is. On various trips into the city, I've walked close by but never actually took pictures, can you believe that?! However on my most recent trip, I decided to make a point to stop by with my new camera and take a ton of images. I took these photographs at various times of the day - early morning, then late afternoon - to get the sunlight at different positions.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady. Have a lovely weekend!
    X

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  15. Spectacular photographs, Ron! Being a native New Yorker, the Flatrion Building is also one my favorite landmarks. "To me there is something so architecturally DRAMATIC about the Flatiron Building - the size, the shape, and the ornate exterior dressings. There is no other building like it!" I couldn't have expressed it any better!

    I can't wait to see more of NYC!!! Oooo, the Village, I love that area of the city!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Ron x

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  16. What a perfect name for that building, Ron -- it really does look flat!! I find myself mesmerized by the Then and Now shots. Do you know what the dome-topped building was in the Then photo? Sadly, it looks to have been demolished by the time the Now was taken.

    Lucky you, getting to have three days off in a row AND getting to spend part of that time in the Big Apple! You must have been flabbergasted at your good fortune.

    Have a splendid weekend, my dear! Hugs from soon-to-be-raining...again... Central Illinois!!

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  17. Rob LenihanJune 03, 2016

    Oh, God, Ron, this is one of my favorite buildings on earth! I love the freaking Flatiron Building and the surrounding area as well. It is a true work of art!

    I would love to see of that building someday!

    The building was also the subject of a PBS special you might find interesting.

    http://watch.wliw.org/video/2365239644/

    And Toronto has its own version of the Flatiron, called the Gooderham Building.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gooderham_Building

    I'm bummed that we couldn't meet up this time, but I am working man now. But we'll meet again soon. And maybe I'll come to Philly!

    Great post! Great photos! Have a great weekend, buddy!

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  18. Hola Denise!

    Thank you:) Isn't it a stunning landmark?

    I have been meaning to take pictures of the Flatiron Building for awhile now but kept forgetting. However when I arrived in NYC on Wednesday, I immediately walked over to where it is located and took a slew of photographs. From there, I walked down to the Village and had some lunch. I will be sharing those photos in the next couple of weeks.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have a wonderful weekend as well!

    X

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  19. Hello there Debbie!

    Yes, isn't the name PERFECT? It looks like a flat iron!

    "I find myself mesmerized by the Then and Now shots. Do you know what the dome-topped building was in the Then photo?"

    No, I have no idea what the dome-topped building in the Then photograph was, that's a good question. And I think you're right because I don't see it in the Now photographs, it make have in fact been demolished. However, the next time I'm in NYC and in the area, I'll check to see if it's still there.

    "Lucky you, getting to have three days off in a row AND getting to spend part of that time in the Big Apple! You must have been flabbergasted at your good fortune."

    Yes I was! As I shared, I don't normally have that many days off in a row so it was a nice change. And I used one of those extra days to visit my favorite city!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a splendid weekend too!

    X

    P.S. Sane here, we're supposed to be getting rain this weekend.

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  20. Hellooooooo there Rob!

    OMG...I was so thinking of you while I was in Manhattan on Wednesday. And I would have loved to get together but I knew you'd be working. Yes, I know I'll be coming to NY again over the summer and hopefully it will be on a weekend instead of a weekday. Also, let me know when you would like to come to Philly for a visit and we'll make plans. I sometimes have a Sunday off, so perhaps we can met up then.

    Thank you SO MUCH for sharing the links on the Flatiron Building. I can't WAIT to watch the video!

    Isn't that building AMAZING? And I agree, that whole area is fabulous!

    Thank so much for stopping by, buddy. Have a super weekend!
    X

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  21. it's a very unique building, have you ever been inside. i don't even know what's inside the building. i'll see if your link provides any answers. isn't that something that i have no clue what's inside. never thought about it. anyhoo, i need to meet up with you, ron. whether i come there or you come here, when i say here i mean new york, soon.

    the building also looks like a penis.sorry.

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  22. Hey there Val!

    I've only been inside the lobby and a few of the stores on the first floor. However the next time I go to NYC, I would love to see the upper floors. I think it's just offices containing a variety of businesses. I bet the view from the upper floor is INCREDIBLE!

    " anyhoo, i need to meet up with you, ron. whether i come there or you come here, when i say here i mean new york, soon."

    Yes, please, we have got to make a date to meet up in NYC for the day. I always think of you whenever I go there because you're my favorite NYC traveling buddy!

    "the building also looks like a penis.sorry."

    Bwhahahahahaha! Yes, it does kinda look like a penis!!!!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have a fabulous weekend!

    X

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  23. Rob LenihanJune 05, 2016

    Hey, Ron and Val: I'd love to see the inside of the Flatiron, too, which is what I tried to say in my first comment but I left out the word.

    Btw, there's a contest for the most phallic building contest and you can check out the winner. The Flatiron wasn't even nominated.

    http://cabinetmagazine.org/events/phallic/winner.php

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  24. Yep - those are two of my favorite NYC buildings, too. Actually, they're a couple of my favorite buildings period. It's interesting how very little the building has changed since it was first built, though the neighborhood around it looks quite a bit different.

    You're lucky you can just zip on over to NYC on a whim, Ron! I'd enjoy a post on some of your favorite spots to eat in the Big Apple sometime. We know they've got awesome pizza, bagels, and hot dogs. Feel free to share your fave hangouts (but if you do, please include lots of food pics, too!).

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  25. Hey there Mark!

    "It's interesting how very little the building has changed since it was first built, though the neighborhood around it looks quite a bit different."

    I thought the same thing. It's as if time moved on, however the building remains a piece of the past. That's what I LOVE about old, historical buildings....they stand as a reminder of what was, yet remaining in the present.

    Yes, I love that I'm a just a quick zip on over to my fave city. Lately, I've been going over about once a month.

    The next time I'm there, I'll try and focus more on the foods of NYC. Thanks for the suggestion!

    Have a faaaaabulous week, buddy. And thanks for stopping by!

    X to you and Tara

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  26. Bwhahahahahahhaha! OMG Rob, thanks so much for sharing the link! And yes, I can definitely see WHY that building was the winner!!!!

    Have a super week, buddy!

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  27. Fabuloso photographs, Ron! That building is incredible! And your pictures convey just how incredible it is. You are such a passionate advocate for New York City. Anytime to talk about it I can feel your love and passion for all things NY. And if I ever visited, I would want you to be my tour guide.

    Thanks for sharing, Ron!

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  28. Hey ho Robert! Thank you, buddy :) And if you ever DO visit NYC, I would love to meet up and be your personal tour guide. My brother is coming to visit me in the Fall and I can't wait to take him to NYC because he's never been there!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabuloso week!
    X

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  29. Ron, I forgot to mention in my first comment that I watched the video link you shared at the end of your post and really enjoyed it. What a fascinating history the Flatiron Building has!

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  30. Glad you enjoyed the video, Robert! My friend Rob left the link in one of his comments, so I thought I would add it to my post for anyone who was interested. Isn't it a great documentary on the backstory of the building?

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  31. That really is a beautiful building. I can see why you like it so much.

    I have recently changed my four-day week from Monday through Thursday to Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday for much the same reason. I think it will feel like more time off to break up the week like that. I hope so, anyway!

    Hope you are having a wonderful week - I've missed you!

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  32. Hey there my Libra friend...it's so great to see you!!!!!!!!!! You have been on my mind for the past month; wondering how you were and how the wedding went! Great to see you back. I missed you too!

    "I think it will feel like more time off to break up the week like that. I hope so, anyway!"

    Yes, I bet you're gonna LOVE it! And Wednesday (mid-week) is the perfect day to have off!

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy the rest of your week!
    X

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  33. That is an awesome landmark! And so full of history. I love the perspectives of your shots. One hundred and fourteen years?! Wow! The stories that building could tell if only it could talk. You did a masterful job of capturing it's beauty. Hope you enjoyed the time off.

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  34. Isn't it such awesomely unique NYC landmark, Lisa? Yes....and sooooo full of history. One of these times when I'm in the city again, I really must make an effort to see if I can somehow get to the upper floors to see what the building looks like inside. And also see the NYC view!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a fantastic weekend! Can you believe it's already almost the weekend?!?

    X

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