New York City's first skyscraper: swirling skirts and "23 Skidoo."
Built in 1902, the twenty-two story Flatiron Building’s name comes from its triangular shape that resembles that of an iron. Located at the confluence of Broadway, Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street, the building’s shape supposedly created eddies of strong wind that played havoc with the long skirts of women passing by - revealing their ankles.
The corner soon attracted small packs of wide-eyed young men who loitered in the area to take advantage of the view. The problem escalated, and police were assigned to the corner to disperse the young voyeurs with the command “23 Skidoo”. The word “scram” is a descendant of this term.