Are you torn between the timeless elegance of uptown and the cutting-edge energy of downtown? If so, the twin neighborhoods of the Flatiron District and NoMad are perfect for you.
In the 19th century, the area was home to some of New York’s most notable families (Theodore Roosevelt’s parents and Winston Churchill’s grandparents). Luminaries from far and wide shopped at its luxe emporia such as B. Altman and W. & J. Sloane, dined and drank at Delmonico’s and the Manhattan Club, and promenaded within Madison Square Park.
You can still stroll among the trees and statues of the six-acre park, of course, as well as shop till you drop, dine at restaurants specializing in just about every cuisine, and sip cocktails in chic nightspots. And there’s still plenty of venerable architecture to relish, including of course the instantly recognizable Flatiron Building.
At the same time, NoMad and the Flatiron District boast attractions that those 19th-century residents could never have imagined. Take the, which despite its name is now held in the Flatiron District every weekend, where you can discover everything from antique tableware to vintage apparel to artisanal jewelry. Or , which hosts such disparate acts as all-woman Led Zeppelin tribute band Lez Zeppelin, comedian Matt Friend, and R&B singer Arin Ray. Or , a museum displaying contemporary photography in a stunning Flemish Revival building. Or indoor crazy golf for grownups at .
The area is delightfully family-friendly, too. In addition to Madison Square Park and its playground, kids and their parents will want to return time and again to the hands-on National Museum of Mathematics (don’t let the name scare you off!) and Harry Potter New York. Little ones can also sign up for programs at Karma Kids Yoga or act out, in a good way, at Tada! Youth Theater. It’s true that no one neighborhood has it all. However, the Flatiron District and NoMad come pretty close.
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