TriBeCa is a neighborhood in lower Manhattan, New York in the United States. The name is a syllabic abbreviation of "Triangle Below Canal Street." It runs roughly from Canal Street south to Park Place (or Vesey Street), and from the Hudson River east to Broadway. [ [ Tribeca Organization - Shopping, Directions and Maps ] ] TriBeCa, once an industrial district dominated by warehouses, has undergone a major revitalization. Warehouses were converted into loft apartments and new businesses emerged, making it into a mixed zoning neighborhood.

After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, TriBeCa suffered financially. However, government grants and incentives provided an infusion of capital and the area rebounded. Amidst the recent real estate boom, TriBeCa housing prices outpaced even those of the highly popular Manhattan market as a whole. Tribeca has become one of the most trendy residential neighborhoods in the city. "Forbes" magazine ranked the 10013 zip code in TriBeCa as the 12th most expensive zip code in the United States in 2006. [ [ Most Expensive ZIP Codes 2006] , "Forbes", accessed November 6, 2006]

The neighborhood is also home to the Tribeca Film Festival, founded to celebrate New York City as a major filmmaking center and to contribute to the long-term recovery of lower Manhattan. The mission of the film festival is "to enable the international film community and the general public to experience the power of film by redefining the film festival experience." The neighborhood is a frequent filming location for movies, most notably, the 1984 hit "Ghostbusters".


1950 = 782
1960 = 382
1970 = 370
1980 = 5949
1990 = 8386
2000 = 10395
As of the 2000 census, there were 10,395 people residing in TriBeCa. The population density was 31,467 people per square mile (12,149/km²). The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 82.34% White, 7.96% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 4.89% African American, 0.10% Native American, 1.66% from other races, and 3.02% from two or more races. 6.34% of the population were Hispanic of any race. Of the 18.2% of the population that was foreign born, 41.3% came from Europe, 30.1% from Asia, 11.1% from Latin America, 10.2% from North America and 7.3% from other.


TriBeCa is dominated by former industrial buildings that have been converted into residential buildings and lofts, similar to those of the neighboring SoHo Cast Iron Historic District. In the nineteenth and early twentieth, the neighborhood was a center of the textile/cotton trade.

Notable buildings in the neighborhoods include the Powell Building, on Hudson Street, which was designed by Carrère and Hastings and built in 1892. [cite news |title=Streetscapes/105 Hudson Street; A TriBeCa Taste of the Young Carrere & Hastings |url= |publisher=New York Times |author=Gray, Christopher |date=June 2000] At 73 Worth Street there is a handsome row of neo-Renaissance White Buildings built at the end of the Civil War in 1865. Other notable buildings include the New York Telephone Company building at 140 West Street with its Mayan-inspired Art Deco motif, and the former New York Mercantile Exchange at 6 Harrison Street.

During the 1960s and '70s, abandoned, and inexpensive TriBeCa lofts became hot-spot residences for young artists and their families because of the seclusion of lower Manhattan and the vast living space. James Stratton, a TriBeCa resident since this period, wrote the 1977 nonfiction book entitled "Pioneering in the Urban Wilderness," detailing his experiences renovating lower Manhattan warehouses into residences.

Many people mistakenly attributed the name TriBeCa, the acronym for Triangle Below Canal, to the “triangular-shaped neighborhood”.However, the neighborhood resembles an irregular trapezoid. TriBeCa’s etymology is more site-specific.

In the early 1970s, a couple of years after artists in SoHo were able to legalize their live/work situation, artist and resident organizations in the area to the south, known then as Washington Market or simply the Lower West Side, sought to gain similar zoning status for their neighborhood. A group of Lispenard Street artist/residents living on the block directly south of Canal Street between Church Street and Broadway, joined the effort.Just as the members of the SoHo Artists Association coined "SoHo" after looking at a City Planning map which marked the area as So. Houston’ and shortened that to SoHo, these Lispenard Street residents likewise employed a City Planning map to describe their block.

Since that block below Canal is wide on the Church Street side but narrows towards the Broadway end, it appears as a triangle on City maps. The Lispenard residents decided to name their group the Triangle Below Canal Block Association, and, as activists had done in SoHo, shortened the group’s name to the TriBeCa Block Association.

A reporter covering the zoning story for the "New York Times" came across the block association’s submission to City Planning and mistakenly assumed that the name TriBeCa referred to the entire neighborhood, not just one block. Once the paper began referring to the neighborhood as TriBeCa, it stuck.


;Holland Tunnel

The Holland Tunnel connecting New York to New Jersey has its entrances and exits in the northwest corner of TriBeCa, centered around the intersection of Canal Street and Varick Street.

;Washington Market ParkWashington Market Park, bounded by Greenwich, Chambers, and West Streets, is a 1.61-acre park in TriBeCa that is popular with children for its large playground. The park also has a community gardens and hosts many community events.

;Borough of Manhattan Community CollegeThe Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), part of the City University of New York, is located in TriBeCa. The college campus is located between Chambers Street and N. Moore Street, spanning four blocks. BMCC's Fiterman Hall, severely damaged in the September 11, 2001 attacks, is slated to be demolished and rebuilt. [cite web |url= |title=About BMCC |publisher=Borough of Manhattan Community College |accessdate=2006-07-13]

;Stuyvesant High School
Stuyvesant High School, one of New York City's prized Specialized Science High Schools, calls TriBeCa home. The ten-story building is located on Chambers Street on the Hudson River, accessible via The Tribeca Bridge, a pedestrian bridge, over West Street. Stuyvesant is noted as being one of the best schools in the country.

;PS 234Public School 234 is the zoned elementary school for TriBeCa. Located at the corner of Chambers Street and Greenwich Street, it is considered one of the best public elementary schools in New York City for its exceptional test scores, teachers, curriculum and building.


A large number of Citigroup employees work in Tribeca at 388 Greenwich Street near the northwestern corner of Tribeca.

Notable residents

*Mariah Carey
*Edward Albee
*Ian Bailey
*Gisele Bündchen
*Edward Burns
*The Edge [ [ U2's Edge Settles into $4.3 Million Tribeca Penthouse] Retrieved June 17, 2007]
*James Gandolfini
*Sarah Michelle Gellar [ [ Stars toast Tribeca artists at Chanel fete] Retrieved June 18, 2007]
*Heather Graham
*Josh Hartnett
*Daniel Kessler
*Mariska Hargitay
*Peter Hermann
*Paz de la Huerta
*Michael Imperioli
*Richard Jefferson
*Harvey Keitel
*Carolyn Bessette Kennedy
*John F. Kennedy Jr.
*Karolina Kurkova
*David Letterman
*Chris Martin
*Sean Murray
*Taylor Momsen
*Yoko Ono
*Gwyneth Paltrow
*Amy Poehler
*Zac Posen's fashion design studio
*David Russell
*Juan Samuel
*Jake Shears
*M. Night Shyamalan [ [ The Return of Canastel's] Retrieved June 19, 2007]
*Jon Stewart [ [ House of Stewart] Retrieved June 17, 2007]
*Meryl Streep
*Christy Turlington
*Lauren Weisberger
*Kate Winslet
*La Monte Young
*Steve Nash
Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal had high profiles in the district's revival when they co-produced the dramatic television anthology series "TriBeCa" in 1993 and co-founded the annual TriBeCa Film Festival in 2002. De Niro also claimed ownership of all domain names incorporating the text "Tribeca" for domain names with any content related to film festivals. In particular, he had a dispute with the owner of the website [cite news | url = | title = Robert De Niro: Raging Bully? | date = 2 Jan 2007 | author = Erik Davis] [cite news | url = | title = I am Tribeca, De Niro claims | date = 31 Dec 2006] .


External links

* [ TriBeCa Neighborhood Profile] -
* [ TriBeCa Film Festival]
* [ TriBeCa Family Festival]
* [ TriBeCa Walking Tour]
* [ TriBeCa] - Neighborhood history, dining, shopping, arts and entertainments (maintained by the Tribeca Organization)
* [ Downtown Express] - Weekly, local newspaper of Lower Manhattan
* [ Forbes on 10013] - Short "Forbes" description of TriBeCa being an expensive zip code
* [ The TriBeCa Trib] - TriBeCa Trib; neighborhood newspaper in circulation since 1994
* [ Tribeca in the 1970s] - Early photos of the neighborhood

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