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Moving to Flatiron District, Toy District, Photo District: Neighborhood Page


The Flatiron District has had many nicknames, from the toy district to the photo district. One thing has remained the same, however: the charm of this NYC neighborhood. Located almost in the center of the NYC hub, The Flatiron district is a place of culture, food, and diversity, located smack dab in the middle of Union Square, Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Madison Square (NoMad) and Gramercy Park!

Toys & Photos

Why the nickname, “toy district”?  Well, the Toy Center buildings in New York were once a huge manufacturing area for toys. The American International Toy fair was also held here for a period of time, until about the mid 1940s. While largely vacant today, the Toy Center is a still an important part of the Flatiron District’s history.

The “Photo District” nickname stemmed from the influx of photographers that took up residence here in the late 1940s. They set up shop in the area in order to take advantage of the relatively cheap rental costs.

What to Do?

Named after the Flatiron Building, the Flatiron District is one of New York’s more centralized neighborhoods. Filled with unique architecture, and shopping, the Flatiron District might be the change you are looking for.

Currently known as New York’s foodie haven, there’s more than enough to do here. The Flatiron District boasts the world-famous Italian culinary marketplace: Eataly. If you’re moving to the Flatiron District, Eataly is definitely something to add to your bucket list. Just be sure to leave room in your belly for some deliciously authentic Italian cuisine!

Broadway cuts right through this district, and other attractions include the Museum of Sex and the Center for Jewish History.

If museums aren’t your thing, one of the many shopping centers should pique your interest. Victoria’s Secret, Kate Spade, and many other larger stores are aplenty in this neighborhood.

Time to Head to NYC

Madison Square Park sits in the middle of the Flatiron District, and you are right near everything NYC has to offer. The Empire State Building, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and more are all within walking distance. Plus, the subway lines are closer than ever if you live here. Business is booming in the area, and the neighborhood’s safety is better than ever.

If you are considering moving here, why not contact Shleppers Moving & Storage? We are NYC’s best movers and know how to get you around the City in the best way possible. Visit our contact page to request a free quote for your move today!