TriBeCa it is one of the most beautiful and characterful neighborhoods in New York. Not only chic and glamorous, but also devoted to fashion, to the highest level gastronomy and home to numerous VIPs of the stars and stripes cinema (from Robert De Niro to Julia Roberts, from Beyonce to Mariah Carey). Unusual and almost "out of context", this neighborhood whose acronym means Triangle Below Canal (Street) (Triangle south of Canal Street) is made up of multiple historic buildings that from skyscrapers, bricks rather than huge windows, quaint little shops more than department stores.
Nonetheless, it is an integral part of the Big Apple and you can breathe the same air of freedom, frenzy and opportunity that hovers everywhere in this magical city. A curiosity? Originally this area, which appeared to be rural and agricultural, housed only one farm. Over time, it has become a commercial and industrial area and, today, it is an elegant and exclusive residential neighborhood.
- Where is it and how to get there
- What to do and see
- The barracks from the Ghostbusters movie
- Pier 25, Hudson River Park
- Dream House
- Staple Street Skybridge
- New York Mercantile Exchange Building
- Brookfield Place
- Children's Museum of the Arts
- Washington Market Park
- Where to eat
- American Cut
- Tribeca Grill
- Events and festivals
- Taste of Tribeca
- Tribeca Film Festival
Where is it and how to get there
Located in Lower Manhattan, triangular in shape, Tribeca is between Soho, the One World Trade Center area and Canal Street. There are many useful stations: the most useful one, located in the center of the neighborhood and close to many attractions is Franklin Street, served by lines 1 and 2. If you prefer to get off in the northern area of the district you can opt for the area of Canal Street, served by lines 1, A, C, E and N, Q, R, W, while for the southern area there is Chambers Street Station (lines 1, 2, 3), 10 minutes walk from the shopping center Brookfield Place.
To better orient you, I refer you to our guide on how to use the subway in New York
What to do and see
Strange and unusual, this tiny one museum is housed inside a freight elevator and showcases a set of artifacts, literally, "undervalued, discarded or neglected". Taking a look at this exhibition allows you to get back in touch with everyday objects, but also strange things, from all over the world. Shoes, paper cups, cans, coffee mugs, the exhibition changes annually and highlights a little bit of everything. The museum, created by directors Kalman, Benny and Safdie, has also exhibited objects over the years such as a shoe that was pulled at President Bush in protest, a coil to heat the water from Lithuania and a plastic glove recovered from Paradise. Valley in Montana.
- Curiosity: the Museum can accommodate up to a maximum of 3 visitors at a time.
- Opening hours: Mmuseumm is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 11 to 18, in spring, summer and autumn. But you can still peek at the exhibits by looking through the shop windows.
- Dove: Mmuseumm / What Studio?, 368 Broadway #512, NYC.
The barracks from the Ghostbusters movie
If you have seen the movie, you will surely remember the headquarters of the Ghostbusters. Visiting Tribeca you cannot miss a stop under the famous façade of theHook and Ladder 8, home to a New York Fire Department, which lent the "face" to some of the film's most epochal scenes. The bright red bricks, the flaming door surrounded by black and yellow, the coat of arms like a crown, it's all like in the film. Obviously, the place cannot be visited, but it doesn't matter. An ordinance selfie in front of the headquarters is not denied to anyone.
- Fun fact: the barracks, one of the most famous in New York, is still operational.
- Where: 14th North Moore Street, intersection with Varick Street.
Pier 25, Hudson River Park
Il Pier 25 it is the longest pier of all those in Hudson River Park. Here the activities to do are really many, both for adults and for children. From 18-hole mini-golf, to beach volleyball courts, to vertical climbing walls. A place where you can have fun in an active way, but also where the great boats of the past are exhibited, such as the Lilac, dating back to 1933 and freely accessible, or the Sherman Zwicker, the auxiliary schooner where you can go up to taste the oysters of the Grand Banks bar.
- Curiosity: numerous boat tours along the Hudson River depart from the marina of Pier 25 and courses and sailing lessons are organized there, especially in the summer season.
- Where: West Street at the intersection with N Moore Street.
Born from the union of the creative minds of a modern composer and an illustrator, this experience is undoubtedly one of the strangest that can be experienced in New York. Incessant sound waves accompany works exposed to pink neon light. The concept of the Dream House is to live, intensely, the indissoluble union between sound and light, which form the dreamlike and sui generis frame of abstract and modern works of art. Admission to the exhibitions costs $ 10 and the Dream House is open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 14pm to midnight.
- Curiosity: perfect for visionaries, a little less for traditionalists, to access it you need to enter barefoot and leave anything at the entrance (bags, jackets, etc.). Finally, absolute silence is required.
- Dove: 275 Church Street, NYC.
Staple Street Skybridge
It is not just any street or one that you will happen to see frequently, especially in a city like New York. First of all, why Staple Street it is perhaps the narrowest street in the whole of the Big Apple, “just” two blocks long. And, secondly, looking up to the sky there is a suspended iron bridge, connecting one building to another.
Too bad that the two buildings do not have the same house number or the same intended use, at least today. In the past, however, the two buildings both belonged to New York Hospital and served as an emergency room one and the other as hospital laundry. The bridge thus served as a link between the two units. Certainly, this is a point of interest that cannot be missing in the travel book of those who visit Tribeca.
- Curiosity: currently, on the third floor of both buildings, connected by the bridge, there are two apartments both for sale which, if purchased together, could give life to one of the most particular and unique homes in all of New York.
- Dove: 9 Jay Street, New York City.
New York Mercantile Exchange Building
Once the site of stock exchange trading, this beautiful building now houses several offices, apartments and even restaurants on the ground floor. Although it cannot be visited, it is still worth a stop. Consisting of five floors entirely covered with classic bright red bricks, a tower stands in the center, while the entrance is embellished with rough granite columns adorned with Corinthian capitals.
- Fun Fact: The first products to be brought into the New York Stock Exchange headquarters were eggs, followed by dried fruit, poultry and canned goods.
- Dove: 6 Harrison Street, New York City.
Mecca for anyone, even the slightest bit, fond of Shopping. A shopping center where the classic definition is really narrow. Not only for its appearance (large, imposing, adorned with marble and elegant accessories), but also for the spaces embellished with plants, an indoor winter garden, large outdoor terraces from which to enjoy an impeccable view of the Hudson River .
And then there are them, of course. The boutiques and shops of big and famous brands sell a bit of everything and the shopping is enlivened by events of all kinds, including art installations and fitness demonstrations, and from restaurants and bars to stop in between one shopping session and another. Brookfield Place is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 20pm, Sunday from 12pm to 18pm.
- Curiosity: inside the Mall there is also an immense ice skating rink where you can have fun or even take lessons.
- Dove: 230 Vesey Street, New York City.
Children's Museum of the Arts
A museum made by and designed for children. And their families. A space where you can give space to creativity, thanks to educational paths in which children are accompanied by expert artists, step by step, to create their own work of art. Many appointments: from intensive to individual courses, from educational courses for the whole family to sculpture sessions.
Without forgetting the exhibitions, permanent or temporary, which show drawings made by children over the decades, from the 30s to the present day. The Children's Museum of the Arts it is open every day, from 12 to 18. The cost of the entrance ticket is 13 $ (1-65 years), free admission for children under 1 year, over 65 free donation.
- Dove: 103 Charlton Street, tra Hudson & Greenwich Streets, NYC.
Washington Market Park
Founded in 1978, this park is not only a green lung, but also a place to make many interesting discoveries. From Butterfly Garden, created specifically to allow them to reproduce in an appropriate environment and in which ad hoc flowering plants have been planted, up to the free Library, where books are borrowed and volumes are left available to all. Without forgetting the space Court Mural where to admire, in rotation, always different works of street art, and the numerous outdoor concerts, organized during the summer season.
- Where: Chambers Street, at the intersection of Greenwich Street and West Street.
Where to eat
Elegant and refined restaurant, the American Cut pays homage to the best New York culinary experiences, a mix of dishes and specialties from all over the world, with an eye for fish (very fresh) and French tradition. The place's most famous dish is the Signature American Cut Tower, which is made up of treats like oysters, Alaskan crab, caviar and lobster. Cost per person, at dinner, excluding drinks, from 80 $.
- Dove: 363 Greenwich Street, NYC.
French-inspired, modern and welcoming restaurant, the Bâtard serves traditional Parisian dishes prepared with the exclusive use of the freshest and strictly seasonal ingredients. The unmissable dish? The foie gras block served with trumpets, dates and salty cereals.
Cost of two-course dinner, excluding drinks, $ 65 per person.
- Dove: 239 W Broadway
An easy-smart location, this restaurant offers traditional American dishes, simple and fresh, with all its ethnic and regional influences. The main dish? Try the pancakes with fried chicken and bourbon syrup. Sublime! Cost for lunch, per person excluding drinks, from 24 $.
- Dove: 120 Hudson Street
High-class, very swanky and charming, this restaurant owned by Robert De Niro is housed in a loft with exposed brick walls, precious chandeliers and walls adorned with works of art. Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, Atlantic swordfish served grilled with a superb onion puree and stewed fennel is worth ordering here. Cost per person, at dinner, excluding drinks, from $ 50.
- Where: 375 Greenwich Street. corner with Franklin Street, NYC.
Events and festivals
Taste of Tribeca
Annual event of international appeal (organized on the third Saturday of May), the Taste of Tribeca it is held mainly outdoors, but with the inclusion of some indoor locations, such as some elementary schools in the area. In this festival dedicated to cooking and gastronomy, with happenings and appointments scattered throughout Duane Street, entertainment for families and areas designed for children, dishes cooked by over 60 of the best restaurants in the neighborhood are presented. Not only gastronomy, however, but also music lessons, dance, chess courses, stories and visits of important characters.
Tribeca Film Festival
Annual event that attracts world-class guests, the Tribeca Film Festival was founded in New York by De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff following the tragedy that struck the city on 11 September 2001. Tribeca, in fact, on that occasion was hit hard by the terrorist attack and it was deemed necessary do something to revitalize the neighborhood. The event (held from mid-April to mid-May), over the years has become more and more a point of reference in the cultural landscape of the Big Apple, and today welcomes independent films, documentaries, short films, as well as concerts and shows. Without to forget the exceptional drive-in set up all editions along the banks of the Hudson River.
The accommodations in TriBeCa are not very many e they can be expensive (The Greenwich Hotel is the perfect solution for those looking for a 5-star hotel in the heart of the neighborhood with no expense spared). We have already given some advice on this (see the TriBeCa + Soho section of our guide on where to sleep in New York) however if you are looking for low cost solutions it is definitely better to look in other areas. To find out more, you can read our guide on how to find cheap accommodation in New York by clicking on the button below:
Where to sleep in New York on a budget