Flatiron Free History Tour - Veterans Day


This Veterans Day—Sunday, November 11, 2018—commemorates the centennial of the end of World War I, and so the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) will host a free walking tour to explore this historic moment. The tour will be led by historian, author, and professional tour guide Miriam Berman, and meet at 11:00 a.m. at the foot of the iconic Flatiron building (at the tip of the prow).

Flatiron’s Madison Square has been the site of New York City’s annual Veterans Day memorial ceremony and parade since its inception, the largest such observance in the country. The ceremony takes place at the Eternal Light Memorial Flagpole and includes a wreath-laying, taps and a 21-gun salute with remarks from city officials after which the parade commences from this point and makes its way up Fifth Avenue.

“Madison Square Park and its environs as we know it today continues to be a most appropriate setting for military pageantry,” Ms. Berman says. “Originally part of a vast Parade Ground laid out in 1807 for the practice of military maneuvers for the War of 1812, this area was later reduced in size to the park’s present borders, and would come to honor some of our most prestigious military heroes, among them General William Jenkins Worth in 1857. Worth’s obelisk and burial site are between Fifth and Broadway and 24th and 25th Streets.”

Miriam Berman, author of “Madison Square: The Park and Its Celebrated Landmarks” and “New York in Words and Images”, a book of New York postcards, will lead this 90-minute tour, which meets on Sunday, November 11 at 11:00 a.m. - rain or shine - in front of the Flatiron Building at 23rd Street between 5th Ave and Broadway, at the tip of the prow. No advance registration is required. Because of the Veterans Day ceremony, walking tour attendees are advised to allow extra travel time to arrive at the Flatiron Building.