TriBeCa, named after the small geographic triangle below Canal Street. It’s not really a triangle, it's a quadrilateral and it's bounded by West Street, Broadway, and Chambers Street. It’s a little too late for a name change and besides, QuaBeCa doesn't sound half as cool as Tribeca.
One of New York City’s more notable acronymed neighborhoods, TriBeCa is known for its trendy boutiques, fabolous restaurants, historical landmarks, and resident celebrity lofts. It still holds the title of one of the coolest places to live in New York City.
TriBeCa is one of the first residential neighborhoods of New York City. Way back in 1700’s wealthy New Yorkers built homes and maintained gardens in what is now TriBeca.
Later in history it shifted from residential to warehouses, commerce and markets. After the Civil War, shipping hubs moved from the East River to the Hudson River and revitalized areas like the South Street Seaport and TriBeca. When shipping and commerce increased, the area soon became a favorite spot for wholesalers to store their goods in large industrial warehouses.
Just like its neighbor SoHo, TriBeCa boasts one of the world’s largest collections of wrought-iron facades and Neo-Grecian architecture.
It’s hard to sum up all the fun things to do in TriBeca in just one Linecity.com post because the neighborhood offers so much. It has something for every type of person. Shoppers, artists, foodies, architecture buffs and children of all ages will enjoy themselves. Get in touch with the urban explorer side of you and check out the sights, sounds and shops of this fantastic neighborhood.
Here are a few of our favorites. We are hooked on Takahachi Bakery, it is forever ingrained in our minds. Their classic French Pastries have a Japanese twist. They offer savory bites that will keep you coming back for more.
If you’re looking to disconnect from the chaos of city life, try easing into Aire Ancient Baths. It offers massages, steam rooms, saunas, plunge pools and other relaxing mind soothing modalities. It is an oasis of tranquility in the heart of TriBeca.
Although it’s a seasonal attraction, the TriBeca Film Festival is a great way to immerse yourself into New York’s cinema scene. The annual festival takes place in the Spring and showcases a diverse selection of films, talks, music, games, and art. It is a must see for anyone into film.
Pier 25 in Hudson River Park, Great for sunset strolls, me time, or family activities. Miniature golf, volleyball courts, kids park, and a snack bar makes this an easy outing within city limits.
What You Might See
Iconic buildings, both old and new. The Former New York Mercantile Exchange tells the story of the neighborhood's past, while new buildings like 56 Leonard, aka the Jenga building, reflects the audacity of modern day Manhattan architecture.
You’ll see Creative types, nice retail shops, beautiful people, fancy new cars, and an occasional New York celebrity that calls TriBeCa home.
What You Don’t Know
TriBeca is twice the size of its neighbor SoHo.
The Butter and Eggs District! Due to its waterfront location the area was a wholesale hub and an ideal place for purveyors to ship and store their goods.TriBeCa was once known as the Butter and Eggs District because much of goods being stored were perishable items like dairy, eggs and butter.