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Flatiron Building

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Like many iconic buildings, the Flatiron appears several times when Robert Neville's Shelby GT500 Mustang passes in front in I am Legend.
Flatiron Building New York
Flatiron Building New York. Photo credit: Fantrippers

We are his legacy. This is his legend. Light up the darkness.

Anna (Alice Braga)

At the wheel of his Shelby GT500 Mustang, Robert Neville (Will Smith) scours the city for food, entertainment and survivors.

The streets of New York are deserted. They remained in their juice, letting the plants invade them. At each intersection, military vehicles are also left abandoned.

The hero thus passes in front of several emblematic monuments of the Big Apple and in particular the Flatiron Building.

24

The number of months needed to construct the Flatiron Building, measuring 86.9 m in height, with 22 floors and 11,000 m² of usable space.

Will Smith tried to adopt her after shooting with Abbey, the dog playing Sam, after the shoot. His trainer was unable to grant his request because it would have felt like he was abandoning him.

The Flatiron Building scene in I am Legend. (Credit: Warner Bros, Original Film, Heyday Film)
The Flatiron Building scene in I am Legend. (Credit: Warner Bros, Original Film, Heyday Film)

Flatiron Building

More than a century after its construction, the Flatiron Building is still at the cutting edge. Its original shape and Renaissance style make it one of the most easily identifiable buildings in New York.

His original name soon gave way to his nickname. The Fuller Building thus became the Flatiron. Its iron shape logically led New Yorkers to call it that and no one was offended. Its triangular footprint is defined by the intersection between 5th Avenue and Broadway, the only avenue that does not respect the alignment of the city’s checkered plan.

Designed by architect Daniel Burnham, the Flatiron was built in two years and was operational in 1902. Subject to controversy, described in turn as “magnificent”, “marvelous”, but also “bizarre”, this atypical building was even in its time the subject of virulent criticism. The sculptor William Ordway Partridge was one of the most virulent critics. The Flatiron was for him an “unsightly” construction and a real “insult to art”. However, time has taken its toll on the reputation of the building, which has long since been adopted by New Yorkers and tourists alike.

Rising to 87 m, it has 22 floors and was one of the first buildings to be built on a metal frame. In 1922, it was one of the tallest buildings in Manhattan. Revolutionary in many ways, it is considered one of the oldest skyscrapers in the city and thus gave its name to the neighborhood, naturally establishing itself as its most popular center of attraction. Its stature has also allowed it to occupy a prominent place in pop culture, from Usual Suspect to Spider-Man, Grand Theft Auto IV and Chinatown Wars, where its name was changed to Triangle Building.

The Flatiron? It’s quite a story and we have to admit that without it, New York wouldn’t really be the same…

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