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Recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1989, the Flatiron Building is one of the most distinct structures in Manhattan, New York City. The unique building is located in a triangular land bordered by Broadway, East 22nd Street and Fifth Avenue. The Flatiron Building became very popular that the area around it was dubbed as the Flatiron District.

It was one of the tallest skyscrapers in New York when it was completed in 1902 and was then known as Fuller Building. Daniel Burnham of Chicago designed The Flatiron like a Renaissance Palazzo adorned by sculptural decorations and modern lines. Its facade resembles a classical Greek column which is divided into three major sections ? the base, the shaft and the capital. It is a grand progression of limestone found at the bottom progressing to terracotta at the upper portions of the building. American photographer Alfred Stieglitz actually called the Flatiron Building the Parthenon of New York City.

Currently, the Flatiron Building is a fully operational commercial building housing offices such as that of publishing company Macmillan. The most coveted spaces are called ?point? offices which have a direct view of the Empire State Building.

The Flatiron Building is used as the fictional headquarters of the Daily Bugle, the newspaper where Peter Parker or more popularly known in pop culture as Spider-man worked. It is also featured in scenes of the hit TV sitcom Friends.
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