A former industrial district in Lower Manhattan, TriBeCa, short for "Triangle Below Canal Street", has transformed from artist community to upscale residential district in recent years. Sitting on the Hudson River and sandwiched between Canal and Chambers Streets west of Broadway, the neighborhood's cobblestone streets and loft buildings give it a surprisingly quaint feel for Manhattan. Nevertheless, numerous art galleries, fine restaurants, and a growing film festival have brought an element of prestige to this old port neighborhood.
Previously farmland, TriBeCa became a central transfer point for textiles and dry goods in the mid-1800s. In the 1960s, the Washington Market Urban Renewal Project transformed the area from commercial to residential by replacing the industrial buildings with apartment houses, office buildings and schools. Between 1970 and 1980, the population of TriBeCa jumped from 243 to 5,101. Today, TriBeCa features numerous galleries, stores and fine restaurants and is home to the burgeoning Tribeca Film Festival organized by Robert De Niro to help revitalize lower Manhattan post-9/11.
TriBeCa is one of the few neighborhoods in Manhattan that embodies a sense of community. The neighborhood has that quaint, safe, and comfortable feeling which are not typical adjectives that come to mind when thinking of NYC. Although the neighborhood is transforming into more of a place for the rich and famous, you will still find the struggling artist and average New Yorkers that were there before TriBeca became one of NYC’s most desirable residencies.
Another aspect that separates TriBeCa from the rest of the neighborhoods in the city is its general appearance. The neighborhood represents historic Lower Manhattan. Unlike most areas, the Triangle Below Canal street still has the cobblestone streets and loft apartment buildings that disappeared in most areas years ago.
You can get in by bus or subway. The 1 subway line stops runs through the middle of the neighborhood under Varick Street, stopping at Canal, Franklin, and Chambers Streets (the Chambers St. station is also served by the 2 and 3 lines). The A, C, and E stop at Canal Street, with the A and C also stopping at Chambers Street (be aware that this is not the same as the 2/3 station—on those lines, the station is referred to as Park Place. Another Canal Street stop, several blocks east of the heart of the neighborhood, is served by the N, Q, R, J, Z, and 6 lines.
The PATH stop at World Trade center is connected to the Park Place/Chambers Street Station.
- Clocktower Gallery, 108 Leonard St (Broadway & Leonard St.), ☎ .
- Hook & Ladder #8 (Ghostbusters firehouse), 14 N Moore St (between West Broadway & Hudson St), ☎ . The firehouse used for exterior shots in the movie Ghostbusters.
- Hudson River Park. Walk along the Hudson River and enjoy the breezes, views, and people-watching.
- Tribeca Film Center, 375 Greenwich Street, ☎ .
- Washington Market Park, bounded by Greenwich, Chambers and West Streets.
Halloween in TriBeCa is a great experience for kids. Traditionally trick-or-treating in New York City happens floor to floor in the tall apartment buildings. However, in TriBeCa, all the restaurants, stores, and galleries, participate in the Holiday. Trick or treating outside, gives kids the exciting experience that usually only happens in suburban areas. With the combination of exciting decorations, outrageous costumes work by kids and parents alike, candy, baked, treats and other fun giveaways, celebrating Halloween at least once in TriBeCa is something that should not be missed.
The TriBeCa Film Festival is another fun activity to not miss out on. Stop by to sample some delicious food from all the nearby restaurants. There are also many fun activities and games for the younger generation, as well as some dance, instrumental, and vocal performances. It's also a great opportunity to catch some celebrity sightings, and if you're lucky enough, even snagging a ticket to one of the films participating in the festival.
Washington Market Park is a great place to take your kids to play, enjoy a nice a nice picnic, or just sit back and relax. There is plenty of playing equipment for children, as well as organized games and arts and crafts. Hosting birthday parties is very popular in this park for those who are interested in renting out the gazebo. In the summer, bands will often play music in the gazebo for the older generations. The park is small and safe, and great location to escape to.
Taste of TriBeCa is a yearly food festival that everyone should attend at least once. It takes place every year on May 16 from 11:30AM to 3PM on Duane and Greenwhich St. It was developed by parents of the children in the neighborhood in 1994. During the festival the best restaurants come together and cook their best dishes, giving visitors the ability to have six tastings for a set fee. Along with the restaurants, there are visiting corporate donors, like UNICEF, live entertainment, and some designers offering items lik. T-shirts and hats. Just a few of the participating restaurants include, Acapella (Italian),Flor de Sol(Spanish), and Salaam Bombay(Indian).
- Pearl Paint, 308 Canal St (across from Mercer and between Broadway and Church), ☎ . M-F 9AM-7PM, Sa 10AM-7PM, Su 10AM-6PM. Considered by many artists to be the best and least expensive art supply store in New York.
- Bubby's, 120 Hudson St. (at N. Moore St.), ☎ . Open 24 hours. One of the more affordable restaurants in Tribeca, this place caters to families and those who don't mind sitting next to high chairs. They do indeed have a wonderful variety of pies on any given day, one of the best cheeseburger in town, and an interesting choice of beers.
- Landmarc Restaurant, 179 West Broadway, ☎ . M-F 12PM-2AM, Sa-Su 9AM-2AM. Considered by many to be one of the best values not only in TriBeCa but in Manhattan. They serve a kind of eclectic nouvelle American cuisine. The restaurant is very baby-friendly.
- Ninja New York, 25 Hudson St, ☎ . Daily 5:45PM-11PM. A ninja themed restaurant with dark hallways, sneaky ninja/waiters with swords, and many elaborate dishes that involve smoke or fire. Caution: Many who have eaten there don't recommend the food, so if you go, go for the experience.
- Nobu, 105 Hudson Street, ☎ . Lunch M-F 11:45AM-2:15PM, Dinner Daily 5:45PM-10:15PM. World-renowned Japanese restaurant requiring reservations well in advance. For an alternative, try Nobu Next Door which doesn't require a reservation and serves the same creative, delicious food. May not be worth all the hype, but certainly worth some.
- The Harrison, 355 Greenwhich St (at Harrison St). An elegant neighborhood favorite, providing classic all American gourmet style cuisine. The menu is a bit pricey, but the delicious meals and beautiful decor make it all worthwhile.
- Square Diner, 33 Leonard St. (Corner of Varick & Leonard Streets. Opposite New York Law School; 1 block south of Franklin Street Subway Station.), ☎ . An inexpensive diner; a neighborhood institution.
- Bubble Lounge, 228 W. Broadway, ☎ . Tu-W 5PM-1AM, Th 5PM-2AM, F-Sa 5PM-4AM. A fabulous champagne bar; please dress the part. Also serves oysters, caviar and other delectables. You can also rent the downstairs for private parties. Can be a little heavy with suits on the prowl for ladies but with over 300 champagnes and sparkling wines, who cares?
- Tribeca Tavern, 247 W. Broadway, ☎ . A local watering hole that's friendly to all. Or sullen to all. However you prefer.
- The Cosmopolitan Hotel, 95 West Broadway (at Chambers and Hudson Sts.), ☎ +1 212 566-1900 (tollfree: +1 888 895-9400), e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Clean, comfortable rooms with private bath and color television, plus wireless internet at a reasonable price. $200.
- Tribeca Grand Hotel (Tribeca Grand), 2 Avenue of the Americas (between White and Walker Sts.), ☎ . Check-in: 3pm, check-out: 1pm. Gorgeous, trendy hotel. Not for the light-walleted. $250-$500.
|Routes through TriBeCa|
|Theater District ← Greenwich Village ← Soho (1) ←||N S||→ Financial District → Downtown Brooklyn|
|Theater District ← Soho ←||N S||→ Financial District → Downtown Brooklyn|