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 Beyonce 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.
Its 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. Its 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, its the real estate that you dont 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, youll 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 Forgiones self-titled restaurant on Reade Street, and De Niros Locanda Verde on Greenwich Street. The boutiques along Hudson Street, Duane and Reade streets 00 the namesakes of New York Citys 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 its 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. Were 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. Its always going to be that fantastic little place you can go to and call home and will always be a breath of fresh air.
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