Named for the iconic Flatiron Building, the Flatiron District is one of the most vibrant and convenient neighborhoods in all of New York City. Located smack in the middle of Midtown and Downtown Manhattan, this area has the accessibility and variety you’ll fall in love with.
Bordered from East to West by 6th Ave to Lexington Ave and from North to South by 25th St to 20th St, Flatiron is a small but jam-packed hub encompassing Silicon Alley, the center of New York’s tech sector.
Given its centrality, travel to and from the Flatiron District couldn’t be easier. The area grants easy access to the (4, 5, 6, N, Q, R, F, M & L) trains, so subway commuting is a breeze. The neighborhood itself is so compact that transit within Flatiron itself never takes more than a short walk. Be warned, however, that the streets are busy during the day in this bustling Manhattan locale.
Residents in Flatiron enjoy the buzz and energy of the daytime coupled with the laid-back, yet lively nightlife. When the weather is nice, locals stroll through Madison Square Park, taking advantage of the carefully maintained grass and gardens as well as the recent influx of food trucks. There’s plenty of daily foot traffic in Flatiron, but fans of the area see it as communal, not crowded.
You’d be surprised on how varied the cuisine is in this little neighborhood. Casual eaters can grab a top-notch burger in the park at Shake Shack, eat a quick pita or rice bowl at VERTS Mediterranean Grill, or peruse the myriad offerings in Mario Batali’s massive Italian market, Eataly. For more upscale diners, we recommend Eleven Madison Park, known for its elegance and exceptional presentation. We also love the delicious but simple menu at Burger & Lobster, whose specialties are exactly what you might expect from the name.
If you could use a drink, Flatiron has you covered. Enjoy a glass of wine and a plate of cheese at The Cellar, or a tall beer and a plate of buffalo wings at the Old Town Bar & Restaurant. For stiff drinks but comfy décor, check out Raines Law Room, serving up classic cocktails in a beautiful back-room setting.
All the convenience and energy comes at a price, as the median monthly rent in the Flatiron District stands at $4,500, well above the city average. The market in Flatiron is known for low vacancy rates and luxurious new buildings you’d be lucky to snag a spot in.
Don’t count out Flatiron for its relatively tight borders—this place has more to offer in just a few blocks than most neighborhoods in the city altogether. Pair that with its centrality and convenience and the Flatiron District is firmly one of New York City’s most enticing places to live.