The Flatiron Building in all of its glittery glory

The only thing better than a vintage postcard of the Flatiron Building is a postcard that decorates the Flatiron in glitter—which isn’t as easy to see in this image but makes the actual postcard pop.

The building is 115 years old this year, an icon at the nexus of Fifth Avenue and Broadway is the subject of early photographs and Impressionist paintings.

It’s hard not to look at it and agree with photographer Alfred Stieglitz when he said it “appeared to be moving toward me like the bow of a monster steamer.”

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7 Responses to “The Flatiron Building in all of its glittery glory”

  1. thefirstdark Says:

    Reblogged this on ReBirth: The Pursuit of Porsha and commented:
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  2. Tom B Says:

    Isn’t it 112 years old this year? I never liked that extension in the front, but it has to be the best kiosk location ever. Imagine having your office at the extreme north end of the building, any floor, with your desk in front of the window. What a view!

  3. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    I interviewed for a job there many years ago and remember taking note of the shape of the office and windows. I didn’t get it though…

    The Flatiron is 115 years old—will fix!

  4. Zoe Says:

    I *love* vintage glitter postcards.

    What an insightful & illustrative comment from Alfred Stieglitz. Perfect.

    I can’t imagine any intelligent perceptive person not hiring you Ephemeral. Their loss.

  5. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    That’s kind of you Zoe…but I’m sure I would have been a poor fit in the PR department of a mass market publisher, so I consider it a lucky break.

  6. David H Lippman Says:

    The other thing I like about that intersection is the presence of two Type 24 cast-iron lampposts. There used to be four, but it’s down to two.

  7. A 1906 dust storm in front of the Flatiron Building | Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] notice that the area in front of the Flatiron Building—that triangular juncture where 23rd Street, Fifth Avenue, and Broadway meet, is kind of a windy […]

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