On Sunday morning we went on a walking tour of the Flatiron District provided for free by the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership. Before hand I would not have believed that I would be interested in spending 2 hours walking around just a few blocks, but it ended up being a great experience. The tour guide kept our attention as she poured out the smallest details about nearly every building around Madison Square Park, several of which she worked in for many years. Until this weekend it never occurred to me to consider why Madison Square Gardens is not near the park, but now I know that MSG is actually the third incarnation of the building, the first two of witch were on the park edges. I also had no idea that Madison Square Park was once the major park in Manhattan, more than several times its current size before two major downsizes. It's amazing how much there is to learn about the city we walk through every day, how much history and story - and I hope to do more soon.
If you want to see some shots from the tour directly on a map as we walked it, check out my whole Flickr album, and zoom in close on the map.