Named for the acronym Triangle Below Canal, Tribeca sits to the south and east of SoHo and has four historic districts. Once a commercial and industrial epicenter, Tribeca began to morph into an arts enclave in the 1970s, when artists started flocking to the area's large abandoned commercial spaces -- primarily former cast-iron textile buildings constructed in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Now largely residential, Tribeca is one of the most popular and fashionable family friendly neighborhoods in New York, with an ever-expanding list of high-profile celebrity residents.
As a neighborhood, Tribeca has many draws: world-class restaurants, vibrant nightlife, extensive arts and educational opportunities, and spacious apartments housed in converted, architecturally significant industrial buildings, including the American Thread building, a Renaissance-style building originally erected in 1896 and one of the first luxury condominium conversions in Tribeca; and the Worth Building at 73 Worth Street, a five-story building built in 1865 and converted into 30 condominium apartments in 2002. Many newer buildings such as Sterling Mason combine the look and feel of historic architecture with a modern aesthetic.
Now New York City's most expensive neighborhood -- and its safest -- Tribeca started making a name for itself in the mid-1980s with the opening of Drew Nieporent's highly acclaimed Montrachet, followed by two other perennial favorites from Nieporent and partner Robert De Niro: Tribeca Grill and Nobu. The neighborhood soon became synonymous with cool bars, restaurants, boutiques and hotels such as Tribeca Grand Hotel.
Aside from sophisticated dining and exciting nightlife,Tribeca has a multitude of recreational offerings, including Washington Market Park, a 1.6-acre park with playground and community garden, and Hudson River Park. For arts and cultural activities, Tribeca hosts the annual Tribeca Open Artist Studio tour, a free walking tour through artist studios in Tribeca, and the world-famous Tribeca Film Festival, established in 2002 by Robert De Niro and partners to bring economic vitality to Lower Manhattan following the attacks at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
Tribeca boasts excellent schools, including P.S. 234, one of Manhattan's top public schools; Stuyvesant High School, one of nine specialized high schools in New York City; and New York Academy of Art, founded by Andy Warhol and a group of artists and patrons.
Public transportation is plentiful, with easy access to the 1, 2, A, C and E trains, as well as N, Q, R, J, Z and 6 trains several blocks east. Tribeca is also served by several bus lines and is within close proximity of the World Trade Center PATH station