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Victory Arch" was erected near Madison Square Park in 1919 after World War I ended. It was a temporary structure built of wood, and was eventually torn in the summer of 1920
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9/10. It's not a very tall skyscraper, but its shape is very interesting.
NYC: Flatiron & Fire Escapes by Lasse P., on Flickr
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I'm a Chicagoan and I'm proud of it!
Even though I don't live in Chicago anymore.
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My CityRealty article
Living on the Prow: NYC's Top 10 (and more) Flatiron Buildings in New York - past, present, and future
By Vitali Ogorodnikov
On occasion, diagonal streets such as Broadway slice across New York’s rectilinear street grid, creating opportunities for wedge-shaped buildings that seem to sail onto the streetscape with the grace and grandeur of an ocean liner. The Flatiron Building on Madison Square is easily the most iconic of the type, yet a century-plus years after the Flatiron rose at Madison Square, scores of acute-angled buildings stand in all boroughs of the city, with more still on the drawing boards.
#1 - The Flatiron Building
22 floors | 1902 | Office
Even in the 21st century, few buildings in New York are as iconic and instantly recognizable as the Flatiron, but in 1902, it was a game-changer. The 21-story edifice was designed by Daniel Burnham, the tour-de-force Chicago architect that rose to global fame for his leading role in Chicago’s 1893 Columbian Exposition who once proclaimed: “make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood.”
True to form, the 285-foot edifice at the junction of Fifth Avenue and Broadway was one of the city’s tallest buildings and easily the most dramatic. The structure was at once imposing and graceful, classical and daring, where the ornate opulence of the Beaux-Arts facade was matched by the sheer innovation of the slender steel frame beneath.
Originally known as the Fuller Building, named after its developer-builder, the building’s kinship to a certain household appliance quickly earned it the “Flatiron” moniker, which, in time, extended to define the entire neighborhood south of Madison Square, as well as its spiritual successors around the world, including every “flatiron” listed below.
#2 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Times_SquareOne Times Square
25 floors | 1904 | Retail, advertisement
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Times_Square is New York’s great architectural paradox, as it is one of the world’s most famous and exposed buildings that simultaneously stays all but anonymous. Upon its 1904 completion, the stepped wedge stood as the city’s third-tallest building and housed the new headquarters for the New York Times. Though the publisher moved out of the cramped quarters less than a decade later, its name has firmly stuck former Longacre Square, and its tradition of the “ball drop,” originally staged as a promotional stunt for the new building on December 31st, 1903, endures to this day as arguably the most famous New Year’s Eve celebration on Earth.
Despite its starring role at the Crossroads of the World, the building itself maintains a remarkably low profile. In the mid-1960’s, its opulent granite and terra-cotta facade was stripped and “upgraded” with a shabby Modernist makeover, which has since been mostly obstructed by a tapestry of flashing advertisements. Aside from lower-floor retail, the building remains mostly unoccupied, becoming a massive billboard anchoring the country's most popular tourist destination.
A few years ago, plans surfaced for a retrofit that would introduce a Times Square museum and an observatory to the storied building, though little progress has been made on the project since.
#3 - One Clinton, 280 Cadman Plaza West
38 floors | 133 units | 2020 | Condominium
One Clinton stands at the junction of Clinton Street and Cadman Plaza West, where Downtown Brooklyn meets Brooklyn Heights. The crisp limestone façade soars 38 stories high; neatly-framed, floor-to-ceiling windows that offer observatory-like panoramas thanks to the building’s considerable height, prominent hilltop perch, and exposed location between Cadman Plaza Park and tree-lined brownstone blocks of Brooklyn Heights.
One of Brooklyn’s top-billed condo projects, One Clinton offers apartments with hardwood floors, marble countertops and islands in kitchens, and master bathrooms with soaking tubs, walk-in showers, radiant floor heating and wood and marble finishes. Amenities include a 24-hour attended lobby, a bar-equipped Sky Lounge, a landscaped terrace with grilling stations, a children’s play space with indoor and outdoor areas, a sound-attenuated screening room, a music rehearsal area, a study, and a fitness center with a hot tub, sauna, and yoga studio. One Clinton also offers bike storage, garage parking, a laundry room, and private storage units available for purchase.
#4 - Cocoa Exchange, 1 Wall Street Court
15 floors | 126 units | 1904 | Condominium
Cocoa Exchange, which boasts one of the city's finest-looking curves and tastiest-sounding names, marks the convergence of Pearl and Beaver Streets within Downtown’s angled street grid that dates back to the old Dutch days of New Amsterdam. The narrow, triangular building with a rounded, drum-like prow and an ornate, polychromatic pinnacle was built in 1904 and once served as the headquarters for the New York Cocoa Exchange.
More recently, the building gained exposure as the fictional Continental Hotel in the 2019 blockbuster John Wick 3. To potential residents, however, the landmark may be notable for its cozy common areas, fitness center, and a landscaped roof deck that allows for sunbathing whenever the sun passes between the surrounding skyscrapers.
#5 - 63 Wall Street
37 floors | 476 units | 1928 | Rental
Across from Cocoa Exchange rises another, much larger “flatiron” that takes up a whole block. 63 Wall Street, formerly known as The Crest, combines two adjacent pre-war office buildings, each angled on one side, creating a massive, 476-unit rental complex with a grand chandelier lounge, a marble-clad elevator lobby, a fitness center, a children’s playroom, and a roof deck that allows for grilling within view of Wall Street gargoyles.
The smaller of the two buildings stands at 67 Wall Street, at the where Beaver and Wall streets meet; its angular, 25-story prow, adorned with nautical reliefs at the base and pinnacle, rises across from the gently-curved Cocoa Exchange next door, making for one of the most dramatic intersections in Downtown. 63 Wall Street, the taller of the pair, greets the crossing of Wall and Hanover streets with a chamfered corner that rises in setbacks to a dramatic crown with a hipped roof, large octagonal windows, and projecting gargoyles.
The rest of the "Flatiron"-style entries (see full article for images and descriptions plus more honorary mentions)
#6 - Delmonico's Building, 56 Beaver Street
8 floors | 40 units | 1891 | Rental
#7 - The Shenandoah, 10 Sheridan Square
14 floors | 74 units | 1929 | Rental
#8 - 47 Plaza Street West
16 floors | 47 units | 1928 | Cooperative
#9 - Metropolitan Tower, 146 West 57th Street
68 floors | 241 units | 1986 | Condominium
#10 - 10 Sullivan Street
16 floors | 19 units | 2015 | Condominium
#11 - The Varitype Building, 2 Cornelia Street
12 floors | 43 units | 1900 | Condominium
#12 - 230 Riverside Drive
19 floors | 268 units | 1931 | Condominium
#13 - Forte, 230 Ashland Place
28 floors | 108 units | 2007 | Condominium
#14 - 173 Riverside Drive
15 floors | 167 units | 1926 | Cooperative
#15 - 110 Riverside Drive
16 floors | 169 units | 1929 | Cooperative
The German-American Insurance Building
21 floors | 1908 - 1971 (demolished) | Office
Unfortunately, one of the city’s greatest wedge-shaped buildings no longer stands. In 1908, the German-American Insurance Company erected a 21-story office building at 68 Maiden Lane, deep within the dense tower thickets of Lower Manhattan on a narrow wedge of land at the confluence of Liberty Street and Maiden Lane.
The architecture firm of Hill & Stout composed a less ornate design than that of the similarly-sized Flatiron Building; however, its arched, vaulted, concave cornice of polychrome terra-cotta was among the finest and most unique of the kind in all of New York. The preservation-worthy building bit the dust in 1971 in order to widen the adjacent streets, at a time when bringing more, rather than fewer, cars to Downtown’s alley-like streets still seemed like sound urban planning.
Today, Louise Nevelson Plaza, a small public space in place of the soaring edifice, remains as the city’s consolation prize for the architectural loss, while the closest stylistic kin to the vaulted cornice may be found atop The Adlon in Midtown.
Link to full article
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