EXPLORE TRIBECA

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Those who visit TriBeCa know they’re in for a treat – whether it be the charming, calm, cobblestoned atmosphere, the plentiful five-star restaurants or the many contemporary designer boutiques. Defined largely by its warehouse spaces turned into lofts, polished high rises and mixture of asphalt and cobblestone streets, TriBeCa is the quiet calm nestled between the bustle of Chinatown and the Financial District. The acronym in full is the Triangle Below Canal Street, a relatively small area with a big flavor for top restaurants (including NoBu, TriBeCa Grill, Megu and Wolfgang's), shops and often large living spaces. Underneath Canal, the neighborhood extends from the Hudson River to Broadway and down south to Vesey Street.

A multitude of local cafés balance out the expense of TriBeCa’s pricier strongholds. For sunny day activities, residents of the city flock to the neighborhood’s Hudson River Park – Pier 25 for mini golfing and Pier 26 for kayaking. Chic boutiques include Nili Lotan, Patron of the New and Steven Alan.

Many of its streets have formal names like Warren, Murray and Leonard, and greet you like an old friend as they take on somewhat of a secluded yet familiar charm often seen in movies. This makes perfect sense, as TriBeCa streets are often the backdrops of many films, and in recent years has become home to the majorly acclaimed Tribeca Film Festival. Founded in 2002 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, the event displays films by Hollywood’s most awarded stars and up-and-coming underdogs alike.

TriBeCa's largest park is Washington Market Park, which borders Greenwich, Chambers and West Streets, and offers a community garden that hosts several events throughout the year.

HISTORY

Despite its proximity to the oldest part of Manhattan, TriBeCa did not see its first residents until the late 1700s. The mid-19th century ushered in a long-lasting commercial period for the neighborhood, as large numbers of stores and loft buildings emerged along Broadway in the 1850s and 1860s. Then, like many areas of the city, further development came with the IRT (1 train) subway line in 1918 and elevated train along Greenwich Street in the 1940s.

Some years later, many of the commercial spaces had emptied out and, like SoHo to the north, artists began to flock there. Many of the lofts became occupied, and new developments and conversions emerged.

LANDSCAPE

True to its namesake, the neighborhood's boundaries form a triangle, with the top point at Canal Street and Broadway extending over to the Hudson River/West Street and down to Vesey Street at the edge of the Financial District. A mix of modern high rises and old-style lofts and tenement buildings fill the area. Its main transportation points are accessible by most of the major train lines including the A, C, E, N, R, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 trains.

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