One of the most young, exciting and happening parts of New York City is the Flatiron Neighborhood, which encompasses separate neighborhoods of Gramercy and Union Square, each of which bring to the table totally unique and very different images and atmospheres. However different the smaller niche neighborhoods may be, they come together to form a uniquely special and fast-paced part of Downtown Manhattan. This conglomeration of neighborhoods comprises the space between 14th Street and 34th street, East of 6th Avenue. It’s hard to characterize the personality of this area in brief, because the separate niches have such different characters. Gramercy, first of all, is a small residential neighborhood surrounding its namesake park: Gramercy Park. This highly desirable neighborhood is home to the only private park in Manhattan, a fenced-in, lush patch of greenery to which only residents of the neighborhood hold keys. For this reason and many others, Gramercy is one of the most sought after addresses in New York City, and certainly one of the most premier in lower Manhattan.
Through its history, Gramercy has been home to many famous New Yorkers including Teddy Roosevelt. It also houses two of the very first apartment buildings built in New York City, as well as the oldest still working saloon in the city: Pete’s Tavern. The Flatiron is named after the triangular Flatiron building, one of the oldest skyscrapers in the city, which has become a major landmark in New York, with an unusual angle that splits Broadway from 5th Avenue at 23rd Street. The Flatiron district is best known for its architecture, which includes plenty of industrial spaces that have been converted into beautiful, spacious homes. There’s no lack of upscale shopping in historic department stores, and other landmarks such as beautiful Madison Park and the MetLife tower. Union Square is a more modern and convenient addition to the area, acting as a major commerce hub with buzzing streets lined with all types of businesses. Union Square Park and the surrounding square have hosted many events, notably protests and demonstrations throughout the years, and this is still true.