Living in Tribeca
Tribeca (also spelled TriBeCa) houses some of New York City's most expansive and most expensive apartment rentals. The neighborhood has great schools, excellent transit options, low crime levels, and sits on the waterfront. Tribeca is short for "triangle below canal." It falls between Canal Street, West Street, Broadway, and Vesey Street. That's just above the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan. With its imposing and elegant architecture and cobblestone streets, Tribeca is cosmopolitan energy tempered by residential ease.
It wasn't called Tribeca in the 1700s, but this area was one of the first residential neighborhoods developed outside of the boundaries of the colonial-era city. By the mid-19th century, the area had turned commercial. In the 1970s, artists were drawn to the empty commercial space in Tribeca. It turned back into a residential area, but this time seriously upscale. Now it's known for the Tribeca Film Festival and as a home to celebrities and some of the cities best restaurants.
Tribeca Lifestyle and Entertainment
Tribeca is a premiere place to enjoy an excellent meal. Megu, Nobu, and Bouley are a few of the top-rated restaurants in the area. There are more casual spots as well, such as La Colombe Torrefaction, which some claim has the city's best coffee. Tribeca has quiet wine bars, local dives, and options in between. Try the Brandy Library with its more than 1,500 bottles to choose from. B Flat combines a jazz club with a Japanese cocktail bar to create cross-cultural crescendos. For performing arts, look into the intimate Flea Theater. The Tribeca Film Center and its associated festival attract cinephiles from around the world.
As a residential neighborhood, Tribeca is well set to meet everyday needs with groceries and gyms. Most of the shopping here is high-end, though. Trendy stores with moderate or higher prices sell couture and more. Of note is Pearl Paint, an artists' supply heaven. There are plenty of parks in Tribeca. Washington Market Park is popular for its large playground and community gardens. Hudson River Park stretches along the river for a good long run.
Tribeca Info and the Rental Market
Tribeca residences tend to be former industrial buildings that have been transformed into lofts, but there are townhouses and modern places, too. The neighborhood, as mentioned, is quite expensive. Your neighbors here will be professionals, families, older couples, and more than a few celebrities. Hopefully you like dogs, because it's also an area packed with pets. A one-bedroom in Tribeca rents for an average of $4,500.
If you work downtown, Tribeca is incredibly convenient. It's also good if you're going New Jersey, as the Holland Tunnel hits Tribeca's northwest corner. Unfortunately, that also equals traffic. Subway lines 1, 2, 3, A, C, and E run through the neighborhood but you may have to walk a few blocks to reach your station.
If you have need for the fire department in Tribeca, you may get the crew from Hook & Ladder Company #8. If their firehouse looks familiar, it's because that's where they filmed Ghostbusters. The NYPD's 1st Precinct house is on Varick Street. For schools, kids will be close to Stuyvesant High School and one of the city's most in-demand elementary schools, P.S. 234. Higher education facilities include the Metropolitan College of New York, the New York Law School, and the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Tribeca falls within Manhattan Community District 1.
Tribeca Zip Codes
Tribeca is in the 10013 zip code, ranked by Forbes as New York City's most expensive in 2006.