Madison Green (New York City)

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The 23rd Street facade of Madison Green, seen from Madison Square Park. A bit of the Flatiron Building can be seen on the right

Madison Green is a 31-story, 424-unit condominium apartment building[1] located on the corner of East 23rd Street and Broadway, across from Madison Square, in the Flatiron District neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. The building's street address is 5 East 22nd Street.

The site was the location of a 5-alarm fire in October 1966 in which 12 firefighters died, the FDNY's worst loss of life prior to the 9-11 attacks. The property was owned by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, which failed to find a buyer for a decade. In the mid-1970s, when the neighborhood – known now as the Flatiron District – was at its nadir, it was announced that an apartment building would be built on the site, but the building was not actually constructed until 1982, signalling a change in the area's fortunes.[2]

The building was designed by Philip Birnbaum, with interior public spaces designed by David Kenneth Spector.[3]


  1. ^ "Building" on the Madison Green website. Accessed:2011-02-17
  2. ^ Alexiou, Alice Sparberg. The Flatiron: the New York landmark and the incomparable city that arose with it. New York: Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's, 2010. ISBN 978-0-312-38468-5, pp.268-269
  3. ^ "Madison Green - 5 East 22nd Street" on the City Realty website. Accessed:2011-02-17

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