TriBeCa NYC in Focus
TriBeCa has long been one of Manhattan’s most charming neighborhoods. Lined with cobblestone streets full of top-notch restaurants and historic warehouses turned into posh lofts, TriBeCa attracts the creme de la creme. In fact, Forbes recently ranked TriBeCa one of America’s most expensive zip codes (10013, to be exact). So just what is it that makes TriBeCa so darn appealing?
First of all, TriBeCa has location in its favor. Tucked into a triangle on the west side south of Canal Street that stretches all the way to the Hudson River, TriBeCa contains the beautiful Hudson River Park and the River Promenade, which leads up to Chelsea Piers and beyond. Bordered by the trendy neighborhoods of SoHo and NoLita, TriBeCa isn’t as flashy or commercial as its neighbors and has a quieter, more residential vibe.
The list of celebrities who call TriBeCa home is a mile long. A stroll along its quaint streets will afford you glimpses of Mariah Carey, Daniel Craig, Leonardo DiCaprio, Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Keitel, Beyonce Knowles, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kelly Ripa, Uma Thurman and Justin Timberlake, among others. Perhaps TriBeCa’s most notable resident is Robert DeNiro, who established the now-famous TriBeCa Film Festival in the neighborhood in 2002 as a way to revitalize the area after 9/11. DeNiro also owns the restaurant The TriBeCa Grill.
If you are looking for a truly special dining experience, you’re sure to find it in TriBeCa. If you want to be in the heart of all the action, check out Odeon on West Broadway. For more than 25 years this hotspot has packed it’s neo-Art Deco room with A-listers on account of it’s quality bistro-style food and impeccable wine list. Interested in sampling some Austrian cuisine? Then head over to Blaue Gans, also on West Broadway, to sample its top-of-the-line Austrian fare such as schnitzel and beer. If elegance is more your thing, try the sweet and savory souffles at the landmark French bistro Capsouto Freres on Washington Street. And of course, you can’t miss Nobu, Manhattan’s top sushi spot.
If you’re in the mood for a little recreation or sight-seeing, TriBeCa has that for you, too. Washington Market Park is a great place to take the kids for some playground fun or to shoot hoops or play tennis with a group of friends. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try flying at The Trapeze School of New York located in Hudson River Park. You’ll also find miniature golf, bike paths and lots of green grass for lounging in the sun. Fans of 80s movies won’t want to miss a trip to Hook & Ladder Company #8, a working firehouse that provided a movie location for the Ghostbusters movies starring Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd.
All this charm does come at a price, and TriBeCa is Manhattan’s most costly neighborhood to call home. Developers have turned most of the historic warehouse buildings into million dollar lofts and condos. Rentals start at around $2,000 a month for a studio with lofts costing $15,000 a month and above. The median selling price for a place in TriBeCa is $1.6 million.
As you can see, there’s a reason why TriBeCa is one of Manhattan’s top neighborhoods. With all the charm, history, and nightlife, it’s no wonder this is the one place everybody who’s anybody wants to be.
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