by Harrison Peck, 01/01/2010
Photo: Will Steacy
By day, the Flatiron District is an exciting destination for design buffs, shoppers on the hunt for quirky items and foodies in search of some of the City's best cuisine. Named for the Flatiron Building—the gorgeous 1902 skyscraper whose Beaux-Arts three-facade design conspicuously presides over the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway—the neighborhood is swathed with glorious cast-iron architecture. That's only fitting, considering the artistically minded consumers who venture there for the area's well-known design, photography, clothing and stationery stores. (Contemporary restaurants are also in abundance.) But the neighborhood really heats up at night, when well-heeled scenesters descend upon its lounges, clubs and cabarets, each of which provide ample reason to return time and again. And no visit to the Flatiron District is complete without a jaunt through Madison Square Park, a green oasis that hosts an array of concerts, readings and public art exhibitions in warmer months.