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Misleading Title, Disappointing Book
on August 22, 2015
Although I was looking forward to reading this book as it was recommended by the Bowery Boys podcast, I was disappointed that the text did not live up to its title: The Flatiron: the New York Landmark and the Incomparable City that Arose with It. In truth, this book should have been titled Harry Black - The Man Who Built the Flatiron Building and His Story because this was really what the book turned out to be. And there's nothing wrong with that. Harry Black had an interesting story and is a man largely forgotten today despite all of his achievements. However, I was expecting more focus on the building, its history, residents, events, etc., hinted at in the introduction. There was a great deal of information about the design and construction of the building as well as it's earliest years which was satisfying. But once the building was completed, it was rarely only tangentially linked to the story that followed Harry Black beyond the building of the Flatiron. Even he lost interest in the building, always more focused on bigger, better, newer, and higher. Sadly, NOT the definitive work about the famous Flatiron building.