There are many architectural structures in New York worth visiting, but one of the most interesting is the Flat Iron Building. Finished in 1902, it was one of the tallest building in the city at the time. It unique triangle shape was determined by the crossing of three streets – 5th Avenue, Broadway and 23rd Street. Designated as a landmark in 1966, the surrounding district takes its name from the building, which can be viewed without any obstructions from Madison Square park, just to the north. It’s a great area to spend a day, and CBSNewYork has your guide to the best nearby sights and bites! By Alyson Schwartz.
Eataly New York
200 5th Avenue at 23rd Street
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Located just steps from the Flatiron building is the perfect location for an Italian lunch. Eataly, Mario Batali’s latest venture, is a collection of Italian marketplaces and restaurants in one. If the weather is cooperating, you will find everything you need to make the perfect picnic lunch which you can enjoy across the street in Madison Square Park. Or feel free to enjoy one of the many restaurants inside. La Pizza & Pasta is a causal spot with excellent options of pizza and pasta, making it perfect for lunch.
If you’re looking for a great brunch spot on a lazy Sunday afternoon, the nutella waffles at Almond have received glowing reviews. The dim lighting at the location is deceiving – attire is casual and prices are reasonable. The menu offers everything from shrimp cocktail to turkey burgers to macaroni and cheese.
Chelsea Piers Spa
Walking crosstown to the Hudson River (or take the M23 bus which you can pick up at 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue). At 12th Avenue and West 23rd Street is Chelsea Piers. The sports complex offers many activities – an ice skating rink, a driving range, a bowling alley, a gym – all with stunning views of the Hudson. They also have a full service spa, currently offering a winter special of 10 percent off.
Chelsea Brewing Company
Located on Pier 59 within the Chelsea Piers complex, Chelsea Brewing Company offers great food in addition to great views and of course, great beer. The boats parked in the marina are all visible through the windowed restaurant. With brewing done on site of the largest microbrewery in Manhattan, all the beers are good, and their offerings change frequently. For an even more eventful meal, call ahead to set up a tour of the brewery.
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Alyson Schwartz is the author of the blog Ribbons of Thought, which features musings
on topics from fashion to NYC living including fun activities, food and unique finds.