Chapter 9. The Flatiron Building

The Flatiron Building

The Flatiron Building on a clear fall morning at the intersection of 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue. Taken at ISO 200, f/11, 1/125 second with a 16–35mm lens.

Why It's Worth a Photograph

The Flatiron Building is located at 175 Fifth Avenue at the intersection with Broadway. Originally named the Fuller Building when it was built in 1902, it is considered to be one of the world's first skyscrapers and is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. One of the most photographed and recognizable landmarks in New York City, the triangular building's signature shape features a rounded tip on the northern side of the building. A beautiful frieze wraps the top floors, and other distinctive decorations abound across the building. This highly recognizable building offers turn-of-the-century architectural flourishes, an open shooting area, and the opportunity to have some fun creating architectural images.

Where Can I Get the Best Shot?

The best locations to photograph the Flatiron Building are at 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue, from the sides, and from Madison Square Park.

Where Can I Get the Best Shot?

The best vantage points from which to photograph the Flatiron Building: (A) 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue, (B) the sides, and (C) Madison Square Park. Other photo ops: (8) Empire State Building

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