Tribeca History & Culture
Expansion of the subway boosted the growth of many New York City neighborhoods, and Tribeca is no different. Trains we now call the 1, 2, and 3 started pulling into stations in 1918, bolstering what was already a commercial center for dry goods and textiles in the city. By the 1960s, however, those industries had left Tribeca. With nothing else to fill empty warehouses, artists began moving in. Living and working in the massive vacant buildings, they ushered in a pivotal change in the neighborhood’s story. Art thrived in Tribeca and continues to do so today with galleries of all sizes. The Tribeca Film Festival has become an institution, an event where upcoming and established filmmakers alike can exhibit their films under the bright city lights. However, it’s not an unending blitz of glitz and glamour — while distinctly metropolitan, Tribeca offers a mellower alternative to the bustle.