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The Flatiron

As you read this, I’ll be enjoying a flaky croissant or three in Paris with my daughter (so won’t be around to visit until the end of the week).

Just over a year ago, we visited friends in another great city – New York – and, of course, I had to photograph some of its iconic buildings.

Flatiron 2

My daughter recognized it straight away.

“Look! It’s like one of those old-fashioned irons that people used to use in the olden days!”

Just imagine seeing it for the first time in a city that wasn’t yet used to skyscrapers back in 1902.

Flatiron

Alfred Stieglitz took a very famous photo of the building in 1903 —

And one that I tried to recreate for fun.

I’ll leave you with one of his quotations:

I have always been a great believer in today. Most people live either in the past or in the future, so that they really never live at all. So many people are busy worrying about the future of art or society, they have no time to preserve what is. Utopia is in the moment. Not in some future time, some other place, but in the here and now, or else it is nowhere.

Flatiron old copy

55 responses

  1. mtwaggin

    Have an extra croissant for me. YUM! Love that building and would enjoy seeing what they’ve done with it inside too.

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    April 1, 2013 at 16:10

  2. daryledelstein

    not much has changed …

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    April 1, 2013 at 16:11

  3. Awesome shots on this marvelous building! Quite fascinating.

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    April 1, 2013 at 16:11

  4. I love that black street lamp in the old photo!
    Enjoy yourself. I totally agree with living and appreciating right now. It is all we have. 🙂

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    April 1, 2013 at 16:14

  5. Great quote and reminder! That is such an interesting building. Enjoy your croissants!

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    April 1, 2013 at 16:22

  6. TexWisGirl

    i love that building. enjoy paris!

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    April 1, 2013 at 16:57

  7. oh i am mildly jealous…have a great time and enjoy it all…i would so love to go one of these days…

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    April 1, 2013 at 17:17

  8. Pat

    I love that last one!

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    April 1, 2013 at 17:18

  9. That building is so neat! I just love it. Your shots are fantastic. Hope you have a great time in Paris! Eat a croissant for me 🙂

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    April 1, 2013 at 17:29

  10. You have photographed these so beautifully!

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    April 1, 2013 at 17:41

  11. Marvelous old building and your captures are terrific as always!! Have a great week!

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    April 1, 2013 at 17:54

  12. Don

    Wonderfully impressive – amazing architecture.

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    April 1, 2013 at 18:15

  13. Never been to Paris but would like a croissant.

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    April 1, 2013 at 18:22

  14. 100 years later…it’s quite similar!!!

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    April 1, 2013 at 18:54

  15. Anonymous

    Beautiful building and quote…. I know you enjoyed your New York visit –and I’m sure you and your daughter will enjoy your Paris visit also…

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    April 1, 2013 at 18:55

  16. Hello Lady Fi!
    Fantastic photos and impressive buildings.
    I send greetings.
    Lucia

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    April 1, 2013 at 19:01

  17. Utopia is in the here and now, not in the future, and I needed to hear that quote. Thanks and enjoy your croissants in Paris.
    Is it warmer than in Sweden right now?

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    April 1, 2013 at 20:03

  18. Wonderful photo of a great building!

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    April 1, 2013 at 20:19

  19. Amazing architecture, Lady Fi!
    Warm greetings from Holland,
    Anna 🙂

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    April 1, 2013 at 20:38

  20. Snyggt fotograferat!!

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    April 1, 2013 at 21:54

  21. Hudson Howl

    Enjoy the croissants, Paris in springtime and time with your daughter. Sounds like all the makings for a great adventure.

    The photos, the quote have the lofting perfume of Zen-like. Crisp and true, no denying the aroma of wisdom.

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    April 1, 2013 at 22:13

  22. I so want to visit Paris someday 🙂

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    April 1, 2013 at 22:35

  23. Enjoy the trip and last shot is so beautiful!

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    April 1, 2013 at 22:50

  24. cloudia

    Tres Artistique!ALOHA from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral
    ~ >
    Bon Voyage, Mon Ami(s)

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    April 1, 2013 at 23:15

  25. Karen

    Lovely….

    Karen

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    April 1, 2013 at 23:32


  26. I remember that fantastic building. I was sitting in front of it having a drink. a cool beer.
    Your photos are as great as the building is.

    · hugs

    · CR · & · LMA ·

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    April 2, 2013 at 00:14

  27. Is Oscar w/ you? Does he speak French? xxx

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    April 2, 2013 at 00:23

  28. Enjoy the “now” with your wonderful daughter! What a fantastic opportunity for her…well, for both of you.

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    April 2, 2013 at 00:44

  29. Cool building and great shots. Have a lovely time in Paris!

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    April 2, 2013 at 01:19

  30. Fantastic architectural shots. I hope you and your daughter are having a great time in Paris!

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    April 2, 2013 at 02:30

  31. What an exciting adventure to share! Have fun! Love the quote – so true!

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    April 2, 2013 at 04:02

  32. Flatiron buildings are fun, San Antonio has one, Eureka Springs has one, I really want to see the one in New York.

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    April 2, 2013 at 04:04

  33. Love your photos and Alfred Stieglitz was spot-on.

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    April 2, 2013 at 07:07

  34. Ooooh. A fascinating building. And the here and now is usually all I can cope with anyway.
    Have a wonderful time in Paris.

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    April 2, 2013 at 07:48

  35. Mmm, bring some Croissant back with you. Let the smell of them, and coffee wash over the internet.

    Jim

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    April 2, 2013 at 08:52

  36. Rahul

    Fascinating!

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    April 2, 2013 at 09:34

  37. That building is SO awesome I doubt I’ll ever see a BAD photo of it!! Look forward to seeing more of your travels – but also of your homecoming!!

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    April 2, 2013 at 10:41

  38. Great way to start my day! Thanks! Enjoy your trip!!

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    April 2, 2013 at 13:11

  39. nice angles 🙂

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    April 2, 2013 at 13:50

  40. What an amazing building!

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    April 2, 2013 at 14:35

  41. I have never heard of that building before..and I will never see it in person..Thanks for sharing all your adventures! Have a wonderful timer in Paris..AB1 must be thrilled!! 🙂

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    April 2, 2013 at 16:13

  42. lisaelskerarvid

    Takk for alt det fine du deler på bloggen og med oss her ute💖😃

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    April 2, 2013 at 17:37

  43. Lovely pic! Have fun in Paris!

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    April 2, 2013 at 21:30

  44. Impressive! Great pictures!!!

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    April 2, 2013 at 22:11

  45. Fascinating architecture! Hope you are enjoying your trip!

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    April 3, 2013 at 00:30

  46. wonderful photos! our daughter is going to Paris in a couple of weeks with her French class from school. I was there once, when I was 17. Have a fantastic time. And don’t do any old fashioned ironing, even if they have one in your hotel room closet.

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    April 3, 2013 at 00:42

  47. Beautiful shots. Very nice buildings.

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    April 3, 2013 at 06:11

  48. Fascinating! I am greeting

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    April 3, 2013 at 09:51

  49. Great views of that unique building. Hope you have a great time in Paris.

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    April 3, 2013 at 17:25

  50. imac

    Great stuff, but looks as if it will fall over lol

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    April 3, 2013 at 23:09

  51. Awesome shots on this marvelous building!

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    April 4, 2013 at 16:40

  52. Excellent shots of an iconic structure. Brings back the absolute thrill and delight I felt when I finally got to visit NYC a few years ago…a lifelong dream to do so.

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    April 4, 2013 at 20:00

  53. Such a distinctive building – I’m looking forward now to your pictures of Paris!

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    April 7, 2013 at 17:17

  54. Brilliant job photographing a fascinating building! Enjoy a croissant for me in Paris!

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    April 8, 2013 at 03:12

  55. I enjoyed seeing these photos– This building was a familiar sight to me for so many years…it is hard for me to believe I live far away from it now. Every new place is an adventure — beauty is everywhere!

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    April 9, 2013 at 07:23

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