Learn All About the Tribeca Neighborhood in Manhattan

The Naming of Tribeca, Its History and Top Spots

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Manhattan's Tribeca, home to the Tribeca Film Festival and approximately 17,000 residents, is a neighborhood of cobblestone streets, world-famous restaurants, and historic warehouse buildings that have been converted to multimillion-dollar lofts. Easily one of the city's most expensive areas, the 10013 zip code features one of Manhattan's most charming neighborhoods.

Where Exactly Is Tribeca?

Tribeca borders SoHo and the Financial District.

It stretches from Canal Street south to Vesey Street and from Broadway west to the Hudson River. Cross the West Side Highway at Chambers Street to enjoy the lovely Hudson River Park and River Promenade, which stretches from Battery Park City to Chelsea Piers and beyond.

History

The name "TriBeCa," a syllabic abbreviation for "Triangle Below Canal" Street, was coined by city planners in the 1960s. Originally farmland, Tribeca was commercialized in the 1850s with warehouses and factories for produce, textiles, and dry goods. Now, lofts and restaurants have moved into the former industrial, cast-iron buildings.

Transportation

Buses, taxis, and cars can get you to and from Tribeca, but, perhaps the easiest mode of transportation around Manhattan holds true for Tribeca, too—the subway.

The 1 train stops at Canal, Franklin, or Chambers. The 2 and 3 express lines stop only at Chambers. A, C, and E trains stop at Canal near West Broadway.

Apartments and Real Estate

Known for its lofts and celebrity residents like Robert De Niro and Beyonce, Tribeca is one of Manhattan's hottest and priciest neighborhoods. Developers have converted most of the old warehouse buildings into luxury condos and rentals. The average age of a resident in the neighborhood is 37 and the average annual income is $180,000.

Rents range from $3,000 to $5,000 a month for a studio or one-bedroom apartment. For about $6,500 to $8,000 you might be able to find yourself a two-bedroom apartment. Average real estate prices for a home in Tribeca was $3.5 million in 2017.

Restaurants and Nightlife

At Robert De Niro's Tribeca Grill, you may get celebrities sightings and can expect good Mediterranean cuisine. Nobu, co-owned by Japanese celebrity chef Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa and De Niro, is one of Manhattan's top sushi spots—and its signature cod in miso sauce should not be missed.

On the bar scene, Paul’s Cocktail Lounge and The Django jazz club, at the Roxy Hotel (formerly the Tribeca Grand) are a good bet for people-watching.

Tribeca Film Festival

Co-founded by Robert De Niro, the Tribeca Film Festival was created in 2002 in response to the September 11 World Trade Center terrorist attack to reinvigorate the neighborhood and downtown after the physical and financial destruction caused by the attack.

The annual festival in April celebrates New York City as a major filmmaking center. Tribeca is a popular filming location for movies and television shows.

Parks and Recreation

Washington Market Park features a great playground for children and basketball and tennis nearby for the grown-ups.

The Trapeze School of New York, located on West Street in the Hudson River Park, teaches you to fly through the air with the greatest of ease. You can also find miniature golf, bike paths, and plenty of green grass in the Hudson River Park.