One of my favorite New York landmarks is the Flatiron Building at 175 5th Avenue in Manhattan. It has graced the New York skies for over a century and when it was completed in 1902 it was one of the city’s tallest skyscrapers. But what really makes the Flatiron stand out is its design, which remains revolutionary to this day. It is, for lack of a better description, a flying wedge with its vertex pointedly facing the busy street below. Flatiron is a word we don’t use much anymore and comes from the solid cast-iron clothes iron used in the 1800s. Indeed it does looks like a flatiron.
The Flatiron Building has a definitely Chicago-school feel and was in fact designed by Chicago architect Daniel Burnham. But you don’t have to go to New York to see it. It is such an iconoclastic symbol of New York that it pops up in movies and television shows all the time.