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The Fuller Building or as it is better known, the Flatiron Building, was one of the tallest buildings in New York City upon its completion in 1902. The building was designed by Daniel Burnham in the Beaux-Arts style on a triangular island block at 23rd Street, Fifth Avenue, and Broadway, facing Madison Square. Like a classical Greek column, its limestone façade is separated into three parts horizontally.
Locals took an immediate interest in the building, placing bets on how far the debris would spread when the wind knocked it down and nicknaming it "the Flatiron" because of the building's resemblance to the irons of the day. At the rounded tip, the triangular tower is only 2 meters wide. The 22-story Flatiron Building, with a height of 87 meters (285 ft), is generally considered the oldest surviving skyscraper in Manhattan, though in fact the older Park Row Building (1899) is several stories taller.
The aerodynamic shape of the building led to a wind-tunnel effect up the streets on which it was situated. It is said that in the building's early days, when a lady's bare ankle was a titillating sight, roués would line up along the sidewalk to catch glimpses. Police officers would then shoo the men away from their 23rd Street loitering positions; they called this the "23 skidoo." See the 23 skidoo entry for competing explanations of the term.
Appearance in Film or Video Game
- The Flatiron Building is featured in the motion picture Shark Tale as the underwater Times Square/Tuna Square.
- The Flatiron Building is featured in motion pictures Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 as the newspaper office Daily Bugle.
- The Flatiron Building is destroyed by the military in Roland Emmerich's Godzilla.
- The Flatiron Building is featured in the game Spider-Man 2 as the newspaper office Daily Bugle.
- The building is also featured in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Hitch, Armageddon, and Aftershock: Earthquake in New York
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