TriBeCa in New York City
TriBeCa is short for "Triangle Below Canal Street". TriBeCa is the area south of SoHo in Manhattan bounded by Canal St on the north, Broadway on the east, Barclay St on the south and the Hudson River on the west. 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 DeNiro 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 cobble stone 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 (address: 108 Leonard St) (directions: Broadway & Leonard St.) +1 212 233-1096
- Hook & Ladder #8 (address: 14 N Moore St) (directions: between Broadway & Hudson St) +1 212 334-0611
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 (address: 375 Greenwich Street)
- Washington Market Park (address: 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 TriBeCais a yearly food festival that everyone should attend at least once. It takes place every year on May 16th 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).
- 35 (address: 35 Lispenard Street) (directions: right by Pearl Paint) +1 212 226-8123
open: M-Sa 11AM-11PM
A bar and grill with a Thai-accented menu.
- Bubby's (address: 120 Hudson St.) (directions: at N. Moore St.) +1 212 219-0666
open: 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.
- Buster's Garage (address: 180 W. Broadway) (directions: between Leonard and Worth) +1 212 226-6811
Sports bar with a darn good BBQ menu to boot. You'll go for the many flat-screened TVs playing all the games, the outdoor patio where you can drink and smoke simultaneously or the fun bartenders, but you'll stay for the beef brisket or crawfish.
- Landmarc Restaurant (address: 179 West Broadway) +1 212 343-3883
open: 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 (address: 25 Hudson St) +1 212 274-8500
open: 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 (address: 105 Hudson Street) +1 212 219-0500
open: 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.
- TriBakery (address: 186 Franklin St) +1 212 431-1114
TriBakery was created by respected restaurant-owner, Drew Nieporent, to support his New York establishments. It has an 1800s warehouse-feel, but with buffed, gleaming, antique-looking fixtures and dark, European charm. Bakery goods are up front, with a cafe in back. If for no other reason, stop in to see their chocolate creations or their freshly baked breads.
- The Harrison (address: 355 Greenwhich St and Harrison St) +1 212 274-9310>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.</eat>
- Bubble Lounge (address: 228 W. Broadway) +1 212 431-3433
open: 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 (address: 247 W. Broadway) +1 212 941-7671
A local watering hole that's friendly to all. Or sullen to all. However you prefer.
- Tribeca Grand Hotel (address: 2 6th Av.) (directions: between White and Walker Sts.) +1 212 519-6600
Gorgeous, trendy hotel in the heart of Tribeca. Not for the light-walleted.
- The Cosmopolitan Hotel (address: 95 West Broadway) (directions: at Chambers and Hudson Sts.) +1 212 566-1900 (tollfree: +1 888 895-9400) email@example.com
Clean, comfortable rooms with private bath and color television, plus wireless internet at a reasonable price.