From warehouses to artist lofts and five-star restaurants, the history of Tribeca is rich and identifiable. Tribeca, which stands for Triangle Below Canal Street, is one of the most famous NYC neighborhoods. Yet few know its fascinating history.
Artists’ Lofts & the Triangle Below Canal Block
Originally, Washington Market stood where Tribeca is today. It was the city’s first food market, and a staple of an earlier New York. The neighborhood formed around a thriving industrial base in the late 19th century. Then, the early 20th century led to a slowdown in factory work, leaving behind the large warehouses and lofts that mark much of Tribeca’s architecture today.
Starting in the 1970’s many artists grew tired of SoHo and sought out a new scene. These artists were drawn to the large lofts in Tribeca, which served as excellent studios.
During this time period there was a movement to legalize the live-work housing arrangements of artists and residents in the SoHo area as well as in fledging area South of Chambers Street. A group of passionate artists looking to gain more traction for their cause named their group the Triangle Below Canal Block Association (TriBeCa).
Today Tribeca has emerged into one of the city’s toniest addresses. In 2006 Forbes magazine ranked the 10013 zip code as the most expensive in NYC.
The neighborhood is home to a host of boutiques catering to children, men and women alike. Popular Tribeca boutiques include Haus Alkire, Nilli Lotan for structured garments and Patron of the New. Even J. Crew has a stand-alone Ludlow Shop set up in Tribeca which stocks different versions of the most popular suit.
Tribeca also offers fantastic dining; one the country’s most famous chefs David Bouley has several iconic restaurants in Tribeca including Bouley, Brushstroke, and Test Kitchen. Duane Street Hotel is located right in the heart of the action in Tribeca and the perfect home base for experiencing all that the city has to offer.