Is there any place I could go and see the Flatiron Building from above i.e. rooftop, observatory or anything that's nearby. And with a relatively clear view.
^^ The ESB is the only public building I can think of as well
The tops of NYC buildings are often messy affairs with AC units, elevator rooms, water tanks, stairway entrances, etc. Often buildings have a high parapets to hide these things from passersby on the street. Here is a view from above to illustrate this.
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I think the view from 230 Fifth is facing the wrong way. You see the ESB which is further north.
But, if you went to the side of the 230 Fifth outdoor section and leant over you might see it. And it's not high, you won't see the top of the Flatiron.
This is a quick video clip of the top of 230 Fifth and you can see the Flatiron behind it.