The Flatiron Building, originally called the Fuller Building, is so symbolic of New York City that it is tough to imagine a time when it wasn’t there. But the building for which an entire neighborhood was named didn’t go up on the corner of 23rd and Broadway until 1902. Stuff Nobody Cares About recently posted this vintage photograph circa 1900 of the smaller two and three story buildings that once existed in the intersection.
This view of 23rd Street at the intersection of Fifth Ave and Broadway was taken around 1900. The ornate street lamp and multitude of signs and advertising make this a great street level photograph. […] The famous Fuller Building, better known as the Flatiron went up in 1902 on the site of this triangular plot which had a series of two and three story buildings located on it throughout the late 1800’s.