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City Living: TriBeCa
Ask about TriBeCa and residents, business owners and those who frequent the area will all commonly describe it as laid-back.
That might come as a surprise since it is one of the hottest and most expensive neighborhoods in the entire city, attracting celebrity residents like Robert De Niro, Jay-Z and Beyoncé and Meryl Streep.
But the lower west side Manhattan neighborhood possesses a charm rooted in its cobble-stoned streets, cast iron architecture, creativity and its many dining and shopping options.
In recent years TriBeCa has experienced an influx of young families, new residential developments and new businesses, a mix that makes it feel welcoming.
“It’s a prestigious neighborhood,” said Shaya Deaton a real estate agent at Citi Habitats. “The cobblestone streets and the architecture is why people are drawn to it. It’s not cookie-cutter.”
Real estate in TriBeCa includes historic warehouse buildings converted into million-dollar lofts, some along the Hudson River waterfront.
Deaton noted that many units come equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed brick walls and modern amenities.
She said spaces fly off the market with a lot of people looking to rent and buy in the neighborhood because, “it’s the real estate that you don’t want to let go of. It will always have its value.”
TriBeCa is an acronym for Triangle Below Canal Street. In the 19th century it was full of factories that processed products from dried coconut to butter and dairy, giving it the name the Butter-and-Eggs District.
Buildings like the Schepp Building at 165 Duane St., the Sun Building at 280 Broadway and the American Thread Building at 260 W. Broadway, once served as factories and businesses but now boast residential space.
The area has four historic districts – Tribeca East, Tribeca North, Tribeca South and Tribeca West, and a smaller Tribeca South Extension.
It is also known for its acclaimed schools such as P.S. 234, P.S. 150, Stuyvesant High School, New York Law School and Borough of Manhattan Community College, part of The City University of New York. On a typical Saturday afternoon, you’ll find families strolling along Greenwich Street, playing at the 1.6-acre Washington Market Park, or in the warmer months, relaxing at Pier 25 on the Hudson River.
Locals and visitors dine at hotspot establishments like “Iron Chef” season three winner Marc Forgione’s self-titled restaurant on Reade Street, and De Niro’s Locanda Verde on Greenwich Street. The boutiques along Hudson Street, Duane and Reade streets 00 the namesakes of New York City’s Duane Reade pharmacy -- allow for a quaint and quiet no-hassle retail experience.
Genevieve Lynch, co-owner of the healthy brunch spot, Mulberry and Vine on Warren Street, has lived in TriBeCa for 12 years. The mother of two girls admires the easy-going atmosphere.
“The people are down to earth and it’s very kid-friendly,” she said. “I felt like I knew everyone in the neighborhood already before we opened the business.”
The restaurant has accumulated a loyal following with customers frequenting it for breakfast and lunch. “We’re filling a niche in the neighborhood,” she said.
P.S. 234 was a motivating force behind why she moved to TriBeCa but she said the classroom space is not enough and pointed it out as one drawback along with less affordable housing for artists in the area.
As the years go on Lynch believes the area will keep getting busier, especially as more residential housing gets built. But Deaton is confident that it will never lose its sense of culture and history.
“TriBeCa is never going to be that part of the New York where you see office buildings dominate,” she said. “It’s always going to be that fantastic little place you can go to and call home and will always be a breath of fresh air.”
The Bogardus Garden and Plaza at Hudson Street between Reade and Chambers Streets is getting a makeover. Plans to redesign the plaza are now underway after the Department of Transportation issued a $2 million grant last year to the Friends of the Bogardus Garden group, which maintains the space. More »
101 Warren St. #740. One-bedroom, one and half-bathroom condo; 955 square feet: $1,750,000. More »
74 Leonard St. One-bedroom, one-bathroom loft. 675 square feet. $2,750 per month. More »
TriBeCa stretches east from Broadway and it bordered to the west by West Street and the Hudson River. Canal Street marks its northern boundary and Vesey Street to the south. More »
Trains: A, C, E to Canal Street and Chambers Street; E to World Trade CenterR to Canal Street and City Hall; 1 to Canal Street, Franklin Street and Chambers Street; 2, 3 to Chambers Street and Park Place More »
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The 1st Precinct at 16 Ericsson Place covers TriBeCa. According to the CompStat report, for the week of March 10-16, there were 17 grand larcenies, or major thefts, reported by the precinct, and 16 in the same week in 2013. There were four burglaries reported that week – the same number as in the same week last year. Grand larceny is the most reported crime in the area. More »
Mulberry & Vine
Fresh, local, pesticide and hormone-free food and hand-squeezed juices are served at this spacious, healthy kitchen.
Nobu New York
The 10-year-old American-Japanese fusion restaurant, Nobu, co-owned by Robert De Niro, is known for its celebrity patrons and its popular tempura and donburi dishes.
Indulge in meals like lemon garlic wings, fish and chips or ribs at this small grab-and-go spot.
This lounge serves more than 300 champagnes by the bottle, by the glass or in the form of champagne cocktails. The ambiance also lends itself well to those looking to plan a private party.
Nestled down Duane Street, at this local spot, jumbo Maryland blue crabs (served from May through September) and truffle fries grace the menu along with catfish tacos and a range of whiskeys.
This dark, intimate lounge serves up cocktails like a Moroccan Martini, the classic Manhattan or a concoction to suit an individual’s particular taste.
The styles in this chic boutique are made locally and created by namesake designers Julie Haus and Jason Alkire. Clients can customize pieces or buy them as they are off the rack.
This beloved 27-year-old neighborhood shop carries children’s shoes of all sizes, accessories and a playroom with games and toys.
This Hong-Kong-based artisanal clothing boutique for men offers classic styles, many made-to-order and trunk shows that allow customers and designers to interact.
Pier 25 at Hudson River Park
This waterfront space offers sand volleyball courts, a children’s playground and an 18-hole miniature gold course. Visitors can also take advantage of the Offshore Sailing School classes or visit the Lilac, a historic steamship that is open for tours from May to October.
Taste of Tribeca
Now in its 20th year, the outdoor food festival, created to benefit arts education in two local neighborhood public schools. This year’s is on May 17th.
Tribeca Film Festival
The acclaimed film festival runs from April 16-27 and brings in as many as three million people to the neighborhood every year. Documentaries, shorts and full-length films are shown at various locations.
Imelda McCain had a mission to introduce children to natural wooden crafts before they pick up the electronics and plastic toys so in 2006 she opened Playing Mantis, at 32 North Moore St. The store carries handcrafted toys and collectibles made from wood and recycled materials. “The population of kids playing with non-electronics are getting smaller and smaller; I want to show this kind of toy exists and it can let them be creative and inspire them,” she said. McCain says a lot of her products come from places like Peru and Kenya, and are socially and environmentally connected to their places of origin. More »