New York’s iconic Flatiron building, built in 1902, gets plenty of attention for its distinctive, triangular design. But the massive restaurant that operated out of the landmark’s basement–known as The Flat Iron Restaurant and Cafe–has seemingly been lost to the ages. The basement restaurant allegedly could seat up to 1,500 guests. And by 1906, Madison Square had transformed from a desirable residential neighborhood for the city’s elite, as it had been in the Gilded Age, to a bustling commercial hub. The lengthy menu reflects that, with offerings that include affordable dishes of shellfish, meats, and sandwiches.
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Iconic even among the Flatiron district’s classic loft buildings and historic architecture, the neo-Gothic 1892 MacIntyre Building at 874 Broadway rises 12 stories above the downtown neighborhood with its handsome turrets, Byzantinue columns and Romanesque arches. Asking $6.25 million, this corner loft co-op occupying two of the building’s floors is right at home, overlooking Union Square. A thorough renovation merged two units, resulting in one massive three-bedroom home with a custom-engineered steel and glass staircase and 12-foot ceilings. According to city records, the loft’s current owner is writer-director Tannaz Hazemi (“Before the Bomb”), whose culturally diverse international lifestyle may well have influenced the loft’s spin-the-compass bohemian-luxe decor.
The Flatiron District, photo via Pixbay
Taking the top spot from Tribeca for the first time in a long time, the Flatiron District now ranks as the most expensive neighborhood in New York City, according to data compiled by Property Shark. In its latest report looking at the residential market during the third quarter of 2017, the group lists the 50 priciest neighborhoods in the city, with the usual upscale ‘hoods like TriBeCa, Central Park South and Hudson Square rounding out the top tier (h/t Time Out NY). In another plot twist, Red Hook has become Brooklyn’s most expensive neighborhood this quarter–overthrowing DUMBO–with a median sale price of $1.92 million in Q3.
New York is an international center for design. World-famous architects and designers have learned here, lived here, and worked here. And New York shows off the immense talent in the city and elsewhere with some of the world’s greatest design museums. Here is a small sample of some of the best places to see the latest and greatest works, as well as where to dig when you’re looking for inspiration from the past.
Once you settle in to the rustic vibe of this pre-war Flatiron co-op at 41 East 19th Street, you might feel like you’ve been living there for years. The artful lived-in look is only part of the package; a 270-square-foot terrace adds the possibility of lavish entertaining, and a living room with a greenhouse roof keeps things sunny in all seasons of the year.
An intensive re-design of this massive, lofty condo at 10 East 22nd Street, in Flatiron, left the 4,000-square-foot interior with tons of customized details. Asking $8.8 million, the duplex apartment boasts a grand living room with 17-foot-tall wood beam ceilings, a customized kitchen, crazy closet space, and a dramatic floating staircase. Best yet, a “terrace oasis” off the main floor comes with views of the Flatiron Building.
The Flatiron District is known for its big, basic loft apartments, often creatively customized by residents, and this duplex co-op at 131 Fifth Avenue is no exception. Currently on the market for $1.75 million, the art-friendly home has understated bragging points like 15-foot ceilings and 10-foot windows overlooking 5th Avenue, as well as a full suite of interior design tools for creative living.
This Gramercy/Flatiron pad at 333 Park Avenue South, available for rent furnished or unfurnished for $14,000 per month, has all your classic loft details such as rustic beamed ceilings, wooden columns, and massive industrial windows. But it’s also been reconfigured into a multifunctional, multi-level home that has plenty of separate zones for photo studio work, office space, entertaining, living, and any other use you could think of. Add in the slew of custom built-ins, chic decor, and artsy wall treatments, and that five-digit price tag seems a lot more reasonable.
Since being released last month, Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” has grossed over $635 million worldwide, centering on the alternate dimension of an egotistical surgeon turned wizard, played by Benedict Cumberbatch. A few key scenes are filmed in Dr. Stephen Strange’s spectacular Flatiron loft; the fictional abode would lie just west of Broadway and directly south of the Flatiron Building on 23rd Street. Coincidentally, a palatial and similarly-situated residence has just been released at Gale International‘s boutique condominium development 21W20. The full-floor unit, known as Penthouse One, boasts 4,841 square feet of interior space and 541 square feet of outdoor terraces and is just one of two remaining homes at the 13-unit project comprised of four penthouses designed by Beyer Blinder Belle.
Even with a dizzying ask of $12.8 million, you know you’re headed for off-the-charts territory when a 4,200-square-foot, three+ bedroom apartment starts with a sunken foyer that opens into an 800-square-foot sunken living room. And if you’re thinking that’s bigger than lots of people’s entire apartment, consider the fact that there are many rooms like it in this full-floor home in the Photo Arts Building at 5 East 16th Street. And you haven’t even seen the atrium wall yet.