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Flatiron Building

Flatiron Building (1903)
The Fuller Building or as it is better known, the Flatiron Building, was the tallest building in New York City upon its completion in 1902.

The building was designed by Daniel Burnham in the Beaux-Arts[?] style on a triangular island block at 23rd Street, 5th Avenue, and Broadway, facing Madison Square[?]. Like a classical Greek column, its limestone façade is separated into three parts horizontally.

Locals took an immediate interest in the building, placing bets on how far the debris would spread when the wind knocked it down and nicknaming it "the Flatiron" because of the building's resemblance to the irons of the day. At the rounded tip, the triangular tower is only 2 meters wide. The 22-story Flatiron Building, with a height of 87 meters, is generally considered the oldest surviving skyscraper in Manhattan.

The aerodynamic shape of the building led to a wind-tunnel effect up the streets on which it was situated, and in its early days, when a lady's bare ankle was a titillating sight, roués would line up along the sidewalk to catch glimpses. Police officers would shoo the men away; they called this the "23-skidoo." Twenty years or so later this would become a popular jeer aimed by fans at opposing athletic teams.



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