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Prow and the Shadow of the Flatiron Building, 1902

Prow and the Shadow of the Flatiron Building, 1902

This is a seldom seen view of one of New York City's most famous buildings, the Flatiron Building. In this black and white photograph taken in 1902, the Fuller Building (as it was then known) was still under construction. Here the photographer stands on an upper floor of the nearly complete building and aims his camera down. From above, you can see horsecarts, streetcars, and pedestrians, but precious few by contemporary standards.

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A Squadron of U.S. Navy Biplanes Flies of Madison Square Park, 1930

A Squadron of U.S. Navy Biplanes Flies of Madison Square Park, 1930

On this beautiful day in 1930, two squadrons of U.S. Navy planes can be seeing flying over Union Square and Madison Square Parks. The Metropolitan Life Tower lives up to its name, towering over the remainder of the skyline, including the not-so-tall Flatiron building, which cuts like the prow of a ship through the confluence of Fifth Avenue and Broadway.  Drivers of today should look on in envy at the traffic -- or lack thereof -- passing through the famed intersection.

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Flatiron Building, 1902

Flatiron Building, 1902

A view south towards the Flatiron Building at the intersection of Fifth Avenue, Broadway, and 23rd Street.  This portrait was taken shortly after the completion of the building, at which time it was one of the tallest buildings in New York City.  The strong winds along with the downdrafts created by the building often caused women's skirts to be blown up.  The phrase, "23 Skidoo" purportedly comes from what policemen would shout at the men who loitered in the area awaiting the show.

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Flatiron Building Under Construction, 1902

Flatiron Building Under Construction, 1902

View south toward Fifth Avenue and E. 23rd Street, with a portrait of the Flatiron Building under construction, 1902.  Completed that same year, the Flatiron -- also known as the Fuller Building, after George A. Fuller, whose company constructed it -- was one of the tallest buildings in New York City.  Today it remains an immediately recognizable icon of New York.

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