Downtown West, from Canal Street to Vesey Street, from the Hudson River to Broadway.
Tribeca was originally a manufacturing and warehouse district, the conversion of which has produced some great condo and co-op lofts. Behind the brick and cast-iron façades of Tribeca are apartments large enough to roller-skate in, many with high ceilings, great light, and luxury kitchens. The name TriBeCa itself stands for the Triangle Below Canal, the area running West from Lafayette Street to the Hudson River, north of Battery Park City. The address of choice for Hollywood stars and creative heavyweights, Tribeca is one of Manhattan’s coolest zip codes.
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 apartments often afford impressive size. The district’s former warehouses are now co-op lofts and condo conversions, with high ceilings and modern upgrades.
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.
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.”
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