Living in Tribeca
The address of choice for Hollywood stars and creative heavyweights, Tribeca is one of Manhattan's coolest zip codes. The name is an acronym for "Triangle Below Canal Street", referring to Tribeca's position on the map. Nestled between the nonstop action of New York's Financial District and bustling Chinatown, Tribeca is a sleek, residential oasis. Cobblestone streets are offset by slick high-rises and converted loft spaces, melding Tribeca’s industrial past and polished present. There’s something cinematic about Tribeca. It hosts a famous film festival, but is also frequently used as a filming backdrop for its picture-perfect personality. The neighborhood also features world-class dining, idyllic parks and fashionable boutiques to explore.
Tribeca real estate
Tribeca apartments often afford impressive size. The district’s former warehouses are now co-op lofts and condo conversions, with high ceilings and modern upgrades. The 60 Beach Street conversion in the northern part of Tribeca has features like walnut floors, arched windows and a doorman. Newer condos are in the neighborhood’s southern reaches, providing rental units with luxury kitchens. Historic lofts, stylish high-rises and character-filled walk-ups form a menagerie of Tribeca real estate styles. Metal building structures mingle with community gardens and cobblestone streets, striking the perfect balance between the industrial and the charming.
The first residents trickled into what would become Tribeca in the late 1700s. Yet the neighborhood’s development really started to accelerate in the mid-1800s, when industrial buildings sprouted up along Broadway. When the subway’s number 1 train started to access the area in 1918, there was a boom as residents could now easily commute up Broadway to the financial districts of Manhattan. Commercial enterprises from the previous century transformed into new, light-strewn residential lofts, and artists flocked to the neighborhood for its old-world charm. Remnants of Tribeca’s past are apparent in tucked-away alleys like Staple Street, which retains a mysterious cast-iron footbridge with picture windows.
Matching Tribeca’s cosmopolitan real estate, restaurants in the area are often celebrity-backed and swanky. In 1994 Robert De Niro helped open Nobu, now a world franchise famous for chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s magical way with raw fish. There’s a prevalence of high-end Japanese cuisine in Tribeca. This encompasses Nobu as well as Michelin-starred Sushi Azabu, David Bouley’s Brushstroke and the seasonal tasting menus at Rosanjin. For something on the sweeter side, try the must-have matcha crepes at Takahachi Bakery.
Tribeca Grill is a local institution drawing visitors from across the city for its classic American cuisine and staggering menu of Châteauneuf-du-Papes. Dining establishments veer toward the upscale, from the sophisticated Indian at Tamarind to the gourmet French at Bouley. There’s more than just white linen tablecloths and candlelight in Tribeca. Bubby's dishes up unpretentious, hearty comfort food and is the go-to destination when you’re craving breakfast for dinner.
Tribeca bars cater to a cultured clientele. Rare spirits line the Brandy Library’s walls, with a lovingly bound menu outlining their details. Sink back into this lounge’s tobacco leather chairs and allow the resident sommeliers to guide your palate toward the perfect snifter of cognac. Cocktail lounges and refined wine bars dot Tribeca’s streets. For those ready to let loose, M1-5 is a bar and dance club offering friendly vibes without the hassle of bouncers and bottle service. Live music fills neighborhood venues on any given evening, whether it’s high-energy ivory tickling at the Shake, Rattle and Roll Dueling Piano Bar or the live jazz and in-crowd DJs at The Roxy Hotel. The Tribeca Performing Arts Center hosts an eclectic calendar of jazz, world music and theater in its intimate, earth-toned space.
There’s a smattering of chain stores in Tribeca, but it’s better known for its independent retailers. This includes The Mysterious Bookshop, dedicated solely to the mystery niche and encompassing pulp spy novels and slick detective tales. One of the country’s oldest mystery bookstores, this suspense emporium holds rare titles that you’re unlikely to find anywhere else. Designer and one-of-a-kind fashions populate the district’s plentiful clothing stores. The Issey Miyake flagship occupies a gallery-like space marked at the entrance by a Frank Gehry-designed titanium sculpture. Menswear designer Thom Browne hosts a showroom here, as do J.Crew and Nili Lotan.
The district is widely associated with the Tribeca Film Festival. Locals Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff founded the festival in 2002 as a way to help revitalize the community in the aftermath of 9/11. Since then it’s grown to become one of the neighborhood’s leading attractions, drawing an audience of millions from around the world. Each spring, the festival’s calendar showcases documentaries, shorts and feature films. Yet it’s also a sprawling affair that includes year-round screenings, a production company and resources for filmmakers including grants and courses at the Tribeca Film Institute.
Creative professionals with an interest in graphic design flock to another neighborhood attraction, the Poster Museum. Housed in the Philip Williams Posters store, the museum features the largest collection of vintage posters in the world. When it comes to leisure, Tribeca residents enjoy the cultivated greenery of Washington Market Park, which features a thriving children’s playground and gazebo. A section of Hudson River Park passes through Tribeca, with a hilly boardwalk offering views of the Statue of Liberty.
"Hudson River Park is one of my favorite places to watch the sunset with friends. ROC is a fabulous restaurant to end off the evening."
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