Manhattan/Gramercy Flatiron

In the shadow of the skyscrapers of Midtown sit some of Manhattan's most colorful and vibrant neighborhoods. Busy Flatiron is one of the borough's most active shopping and entertainment districts, situated between Union Square and Madison Square Park, two of the most popular meeting places for Manhattanites. Just to the east is quiet Gramercy, a residential neighborhood centered around the park of the same name and holding some of the most pleasant streets in Manhattan. North of Madison Square Park, the bustle of Midtown spills over into this historic neighborhood, filled with shops and grand old buildings.

Understand

Union Square was completely revitalized in the 1990s and is now one of the city's premier shopping, dining and entertainment districts. The loosely-defined "Flatiron District" extends east from 6th Avenue and north of Union Square, centering on the famed Flatiron Building on 23rd Street. Tranquil, exclusive Gramercy Park is open only to immediate area residents, though the old brownstones surrounding the park and on Irving Place are some of Manhattan's most attractive streetscapes. Toward the north is Kips Bay, an affluent residential neighborhood. There's also a sub-neighborhood comprising approximately 26th-29th Sts. on and around Lexington Av., which is nicknamed "Curry Hill," due to the agglomeration of Indian stores and restaurants there.

Get in

Gramercy Flatiron Map

You can get in via many different subway lines. The 6 line runs under Park Avenue, stopping at 28th St., 23rd St., and 14th St./Union Square, with the 4 and 5 stopping at Union Square as well. The N and R lines run under Broadway, stopping at 28th St., 23rd St., and 14th St./Union Square, with the Q also stopping at Union Square. The F and M lines run under 6th Avenue, stopping at 14th St. and 23rd St. The L train runs under 14th St., stopping at 1st Av., 3rd Av., Union Square, and 6th Av. Additionally, PATH trains to Hoboken and Jersey City, New Jersey stop at 14th and 23rd Sts. on 6th Avenue. There are plenty of local buses, but they can be slow, especially on crosstown routes and on Park Av. South. Time allowing, walking is highly recommended.

See

Landmarks

The Flatiron District contains three great examples of classic New York skyscrapers, all within a few blocks of one another:

Museums and galleries

Parks and gardens

The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower (right) and North Building (left) as seen from West 24th Street just off of Fifth Avenue

Do

Buy

The landmark clock keeping time for passersby outside of 200 5th Ave

Eat

Union Square

Drink

Flatiron Building

Sleep

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Connect

Go next

Routes through Gramercy Flatiron

Bronx Midtown  N  S  East Village Financial District
Long Island City, Queens Midtown  N  S  Greenwich Village Downtown Brooklyn
Theater District Midtown  N  S  Greenwich Village Downtown Brooklyn
END Chelsea/Greenwich Village  W  E  Williamsburg, Brooklyn East Brooklyn


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