by mosexPosted on June 19, 2012
The origin of the expression concerns the area around the triangular-shaped Flatiron building. Due to its triangular shape, winds swirl around it and gusts would blow women’s skirts up, revealing their legs as they passed by. In the 1920s, groups of men would allegedly gather to watch women walking by have their skirts blown up, fascinated with the bare legs, which were seldom seen publicly at that time. Local authorities would shout, “Twenty-three skidoo!” when sometimes telling such groups of men to scatter and stop their gazing.
MoSex is an official sponsor of 23 SKIDOO inspired FLASHMOB at the Flatiron! Choreographed by Shandoah Goldman, the site specific dance project celebrates the 110th anniversary of the Flatiron and the first day of summer: Make sure to catch the flashing and dancing this Thursday, June 21st, 5pm and 6pm.
“If you’ve ever wanted to be part of something that will shut down NYC sidewalk traffic and put the literal meaning of ‘flash’ back into flashmob, this project is it!”
Check out this video of what happened on 23rd Street in 1901.
In the comments: “Innocent question: is it normal to get a boner from this!!!?”
UPDATE: CONGRATS TO ALL 23 SKIDOO DANCERS for an awesome performance. Here’s a quick video excerpt from yesterday’s Flatiron flashmob: