English Reading Lesson: New York Sightseeing

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As you know, I am from New York. Even though I was born here, I still like to walk around Manhattan as a tourist. Today I was in the Flatiron District. This is where Broadway crosses Fifth Ave. on its way from uptown to downtown. The main attraction in this neighborhood is the Flatiron Building.

This strange, triangular-shaped building was built on a tiny triangle of land between 23rd Street to the north, Fifth Ave. to the West, and Broadway to the East. It was completed in 1902 and at that time, it was the tallest building in the area. Because of its thin and strange shape, many locals thought a strong wind could knock it over. I think time has proved them wrong.

Across from the Flatiron building is Madison Square Park. This park opened some 57 years before the famous building. This block long park was home to the arm and torch of the Statue of Liberty form 1876 to 1886 while money was being raised to pay for the base of the statue in its permanent home on Liberty Island. When you come to New York, why not take a walk in this historic park?