Iron Building - continue ...
shape of the building led to a wind-tunnel effect up the streets
on which it was situated, and in its early days, when a lady's bare
ankle was a titillating sight, roués would line up along
the sidewalk to catch glimpses. Police officers would then shoo
the men away from their 23rd Street loitering positions; they called
this the "23-skidoo." Twenty years or so later this would
become a popular jeer aimed by fans at opposing athletic teams.
The Flat Iron
sits at the corner of 23th street and Broadway. Between 14th and
17th streets is Union Square, named for the convergence of Broadway
and Fourth Avenue.