Home to one of the first-ever skyscrapers, Flatiron is named after one of the most famous buildings in NYC. This area is extremely popular with tourists and is full of shopping opportunities, restaurants, and amazing nightlife. While most of the buildings here hold offices, there are a decent number of people who live here and love calling this neighborhood their home.
While Flatiron has been around for a while, the Flatiron building wasn’t built until 1902, and is considered one of NYC’s first-ever skyscrapers. The area has always been a popular shopping district, even being called the “Toy District” at one point due to several shops that sold quality goods for children.
The neighborhood became designated as Flatiron in 1985 thanks to some creative real estate developers seeking to popularize the neighborhood. This attracted many residents and businesses seeking to reside in some of NYC’s most famous landmarks. Today Flatiron still attracts people and businesses alike.
Most of the buildings in Flatiron are a bit taller than other downtown buildings, but there are also several smaller and mid-sized buildings. Filled with newer construction and art deco marvels, Flatiron is full of unique structures that are fun to explore and look at.
This area of the city is rather busy, filled with working locals and vacationing tourists. There are a ton of things to do here, and there’s a little bit of something for everyone, whether folks are seeking an affordable good time or a lavish experience. This means that the area has a high-energy feel, and it’s easy to spend an entire day in this neighborhood, given how much is happening.
That being said, because this neighborhood is so busy, it can get loud. It also feels like it never slows down. This place is in one of the busier parts of the city and is just below Midtown. Tons of cultural events happen here regularly, so the area is always packed with people. Most residents and tourists find this aspect rather attractive, but depending on the people visiting this fast-paced area, it can get tedious.
Families visiting this area will have a blast here. There are many places to see, places to eat, and a pretty sizable park that kids will enjoy. Living here, however, can be tough for families, as there isn’t a lot of peace and quiet to be found here. Of course, depending on the family, that lack of quiet could be well suited. Overall, this is a safe, yet very busy, area that is good for visiting families and some local families.
When it comes to transportation, it’s relatively easy to get to and from Flatiron. Though the subway system doesn’t exactly have a strong presence in the neighborhood, the 4 and 6 trains do go through the area with a stop at 23rd Street. While these are the only trains in the neighborhood, Union Square just to the south provides access to the F, M, N, Q, R, W, and L trains. There are also R and W trains just a few blocks to the north on 28th Street.
Buses are much more prevalent in this neighborhood. Traffic can get pretty tough, especially during rush hour. Still, buses are a great way to get around the neighborhood. The bus lines that service Flatiron include the M1, M2, M3, M7, M23, M55, SIM1C, SIM3, SIM3C, SIM4C, SIM33C, BM1, BM2, BM3, BxM7, BxM10, X63, X64, and X68 among others.
Most people in the neighborhood don’t drive since the area is extremely walkable, trains are close by, and traffic can be a nightmare. However, ride shares are still pretty popular, and those who drive will have a reliably easy time getting around. There are also a plethora of Citi Bike docking stations and bike lanes, so cycling is also very popular in this neighborhood.
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Flatiron District is located within 10010. This area currently has 32,854 residents in 16,070 households. Out of the total population, 40.12% of the residents speak another language at home instead of English. The majority of the inhabitants in this zipcode are currently unmarried and have a median age of 35.
When looking at residents older than 25, around 5.95% have graduated from high school, 40.07% have a bachelor's degree, and 37.55% have obtained their master's degree or above. Employment rate is typically around 67.7% and the median income in this zipcode is $110,142.
At least 72.53% of those living in this zipcode are renting their homes. Most residents will commute to work by public transportation with an average commute time of 26 minutes.
Geographically, 10010 is a part of New York County, New York. This county is currently home to 1,634,989 residents, or 753,385 households with a median income of $75,513. New York County, New York residents have a median age of 37 and 76.86% are currently renting their homes in the area.
Finally, New York County, New York is a part of the greater New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area. For those unfamiliar with the area, The New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area is currently home to a population 18,812,161 across 6,707,347 households. Those living in this urban area have a median income of $68,319 and median age of 38. In general, at least 50.07% of the residents are currently renting their homes in this area.