Flat Iron Building and Madison Square Park

The Fuller Building or as it is better known, the Flatiron Building, a name it acquired because it’s shape resembles the irons of its day, was one of the tallest buildings in New York City when it was built in 1902. Since it was one of the first buildings to use a steel skeleton, the building could be constructed to 285 feet, which would have been very difficult with other construction methods of that time. It was designed by Chicago’s Burnham and Root on a triangular island at 23rd St., Fifth Ave., and Broadway. Because of it’s unprecedented height locals began betting when it will fall down. The building is also said to have helped coin the phrase “23 skidoo,” or scram, from what cops would shout at men who tried to get glimpses of women’s dresses being blown up by the winds created by the building’s triangular shape.
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