Each neighborhood in New York City has its own vibe. Some are obvious. Want to see theater – go to the Theater District. Want to see Wall Street – head to the Financial District. Others you need to explore and spend quality time to really get a feel for it…or just get a native New Yorker to tell you about it.

Here’s our Homeworkpeople native New Yorker’s quick and easy vibe guide on each neighborhood.

Where it is: 18th Street to 27th Street (south to north) and Lexington Avenue/Park Avenue South to Sixth Avenue (west to east)

What tourists know it for: The Flatiron Building

What locals know it for: Yummy restaurants, great shopping, and Madison Square Park – home of the Original Shake Shack.

Steps from the architectural marvel that is the Flatiron Building on 23rd Street, where Broadway and 5th Avenue intersect, is Madison Square Park – the heart of the Flatiron District. See where Shake Shack got its start. The long lines move fast. Sit in the park and enjoy the great views – the Flatiron Building to the south, the Empire State Building to the north – or walk around and enjoy the latest public art installation. Throughout the year you can catch free concerts and events that pop up in the park.

Flatiron has shopping that is not the usual fare. Check out some of our favorite Flatiron shopping:

Flying Tiger – Kitschy items for your home or your office. And all for under $20. http://us.flyingtiger.com/en
Whisk – Need a coffee mug, a French press, or even a whisk, this store has all your kitchen needs. They can even make a custom cookie cutter or stamp out of your own personal design. https://www.whisknyc.com/
Fishs Eddy – Housewares that make a statement. http://www.fishseddy.com/
Outlette – Great jewelry and even greater customer service. http://www.outlettenyc.com/
The LEGO Store – Build away in LEGO’s flagship New York City store. While there, check out the Flatiron neighborhood’s history recreated in LEGO pieces along the walls. http://stores.lego.com/en-us/stores/us/flatiron-district

Once you’re done shopping, time to eat again. Head to Eataly for an Italian experience all its own. Over 50,000 square feet houses a mix of restaurants, food stations, marketplaces, and classes. Grab fresh pasta or a Napoli-style pizza. Savor a glass of wine or indulge in delicious gelato.

Not in the mood for Italian, stop at Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop. Known for great deli sandwiches and classic egg creams…or as they like to say, “Raising New York’s Cholesterol since 1929.” http://eisenbergsnyc.com/

Bring an empty stomach and explore the great food and shops that Flatiron has to offer.

So, what is Flatiron’s vibe? For us, Flatiron is Great for Grub and Gear.

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