The triangle below Canal Street, otherwise known as Tribeca is home to some of New York’s oldest and most beautiful architecture. Formerly a hub for manufacturing, the neighborhood’s signature 19th century cast iron buildings are now primarily residential, and never more beautiful. Here is the architecture you need to see in Tribeca, all within a short walk from the Duane Street Hotel.
American Thread Building
Built in 1896 in a Renaissance Revival using red brick and ornately carved stone the American thread Building was originally built as a textile mill but was converted to lofts in the 1980s. The building is characterized by its sweeping, curved facade facing southeast at the corner of West Broadway and Beech Street near the border of neighboring Soho.
American Thread Building. 260 W Broadway, New York, NY. (212) 966-0886
Hook and Ladder 8
Arguably the city’s most famous firehouse, Hook and Ladder 8 is best known as the headquarters in the 1984 cult classic Ghostbusters. Fans still flock to the site to take pictures of the memorable facade. The building was cut in half in 1913 as a cost-saving measure which explains its tall and suspiciously narrow silhouette. While it lives in pop culture lore, appearing in films like the Ghostbusters reboot and Hitch, the building is still an active firehouse and hasn’t been converted to condos—yet.
Hook and Ladder 8. 14 N Moore St, New York, NY. (718) 999-2000
The Powell Building
Another late 19th century Renaissance Revival Tribeca gem, the Powell Building wouldn’t be out of place if it was transplanted into the heart of central Paris. Carrere & Hastings, who also built the magnificent New York Public Library Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, designed the building to house chocolate-maker Walter Baker (now part of Kraft). The building is now one of the most sought-after co-op apartment buildings in Tribeca.
The Powell Building. 105 Hudson Street, New York, NY.
While the synagogue itself first opened in 1938, the flame-shaped building it currently occupies was built in 1967 by award-winning architect William N. Breger. A pleasant contrast to the more traditional brick and iron facades, this modern piece of architecture is defined by its wavy exterior—designed with the interior’s acoustics in mind ensuring microphones are not needed during services.
Tribeca Synagogue. 49 White St, New York, NY. (212) 966-7141
Wood’s Mercantile Building
Literally across the street from Tribeca Synagogue is one of the most immaculate examples of classic cast iron Tribeca Architecture in the neighborhood. From the 1860s to the 1970s the building served as a warehouse for clothing and dry goods until it was converted to residential apartments. Pearly white columns line the building’s face supporting rows of oversized floor to ceiling windows that soak in the sun. The details are exquisite all the way up to the building’s crowning feature—a peaked cornice bearing the building’s name.
Wood’s Mercantile Building. 46 White Street, New York, NY.