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Flatiron Magazine - Centenary  
Flatiron Magazine - The Flatiron Building at 100 years

1902, and in New York City, on the corner of 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue, the city’s first skyscraper, the Flatiron Building, neared completion.

Structural steel works — 3,680 tons of it — stabilized the building, the first constructed this way in New York. Soaring to 285 feet with its 21 stories, the Flatiron was, at the time, considered to be one of the most structurally sound buildings ever constructed.

Images of the Flatiron Building had appeared well before its opening. Its unusual shape and its conspicuous location at the crossing of two of the world’s most famous thoroughfares — Fifth Avenue and Broadway — brought a great deal of attention to this monumental curiosity.

Coinciding with the introduction of the picture postcard — a significant mass media of its time and an indicator of popular sentiments — the Flatiron Building perfectly suited the card’s vertical format
Deemed to be the windiest corner in the city, the site also gained fame as a place to catch a glimpse of a slender ankle as the winds sent the ladies’ skirts sailing, sometimes even over their heads. A special police assignment staked out the corner and the officers’ task was to shoo away the many oglers with the phrase “23-skidoo!”

One of the building’s first tenants was the publishing firm of Frank A. Munsey. Publishing Munsey’s Magazine, he was also associated with a string of other New York City newspapers, such as The Sun, The Globe, The Star, the Daily News, The Evening Telegram and The Herald. Munsey’s offices occupied the 18th floor. Coincidentally (or maybe not?) this very same space is currently home to another publisher, St. Martin’s Press.
... The paintings of John Sloan, the writings of O. Henry, the photographs of Stieglitz and Steichen, all immortalized the Flatiron Building — even Katherine Hepburn had her take on the building. In 1979, when asked in a 60 Minutes interview with Morley Safer what it was like to be a legend, she replied that it was like being some grand old building you pass and look up to. And if she had to compare herself to a building, which one would it be? Hepburn responded without hesitation: “The Flatiron Building.”

The film industry continues to make use of the Flatiron and its formidable setting on Madison Square as a backdrop in a host of films including The Cradle Will Rock and Godzilla.

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