The triangle below Canal Street is the cool place to be, especially if you're into historic buildings, cute boutiques, and great food. Surrounded by Canal Street, West Street, Broadway, and Chambers Street, Tribeca is a popular place for the young eclectic professionals of NYC.
Originally used for farmland after the colonization of the Dutch, the land was given to Trinity Church in 1705. The church would own the area for over 100 years, building separate churches and living spaces for the growing population. These homes would later be recognized as one of NYC’s first residential neighborhoods beyond the original colonial boundaries.
By the 1840’s, several piers had been built in the area, which encouraged trading ships to land there rather than navigate the more difficult East River. This made industry in the area explode, making it a hub for produce and textile creation. The industry of the area only grew after the construction of the subway and the West Side Highway in the 1920’s.
Due to several financial crises and poor infrastructure decisions, Tribeca fell into a bit of a rut in the 1960’s. Most of the industrial presence the neighborhood was known for was gone, and many of the buildings in the area were going to be demolished. Several high rise apartments were built, but artists living in the area wanted to do what SoHo did and convert older buildings into large lofts that could also be used as studio space.
One of these artist groups called themselves the “Triangle Below Canal Block Association” but that was later shortened to the “Tribeca Block Association'' which is where the neighborhood got its name. Once the arts took hold in the neighborhood, the elite of the city began to move back, and Tribeca has been extremely popular ever since.
Tribeca has a few high rise apartment complexes, but the true spectacle of the neighborhood are the older industrial buildings that have been converted into shops, boutiques, and living spaces. These, along with the cobblestone streets give the neighborhood a nostalgic feel.
Tribeca has vibes for days. The artistic and cultural elite like to make this neighborhood their home, and they attract brand name boutiques as well as hip restaurants and bars. While the neighborhood is often crowded, it doesn’t feel hectic. In fact, the neighborhood has more of a recreational feel, a way to relax before going back out to the hectic parts of the city.
With their many galleries and the Tribeca Film Festival, Tribeca is the place to be for modern artistic expression. Tribeca is the goal for many aspiring creators, giving a platform for those who dream of being the next Picasso or Robert DeNiro.
Tribeca is extremely safe with easy access to hospitals, schools, and activities. That said, families might have a difficult time here due to the more eclectic vibe of the neighborhood. It isn’t bad for families, but it’s probably not everyone’s thing. Families can do well here if they fit in with the neighborhood.
The New York City subway system makes Tribeca accessible via the 1, 2, and 3 trains. The neighborhood can also be reached on its west side via the A, C, E, N, Q, R, and W trains.
Biking can be a bit of a struggle in this neighborhood due to the cobblestone streets. People still do it, with some paved streets having bike lanes and a few Citi Bike docking stations peppered throughout the area. However, biking usually isn’t anyone’s first choice here.
Driving in the area is also a bit iffy due to the cobblestone streets and the decent amount of traffic. Parking is also scarce so, even with the access to the West Side Highway, it’d be easier to just walk around the neighborhood.
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Tribeca is located within 10013. This area currently has 28,211 residents in 11,934 households. Out of the total population, 40.12% of the residents speak another language at home instead of English. The majority of the inhabitants in this zipcode are currently unmarried and have a median age of 37.
When looking at residents older than 25, around 9.99% have graduated from high school, 36.13% have a bachelor's degree, and 26.58% have obtained their master's degree or above. Employment rate is typically around 64.3% and the median income in this zipcode is $104,167.
At least 72.31% of those living in this zipcode are renting their homes. Most residents will commute to work by public transportation with an average commute time of 27 minutes.
Geographically, 10013 is a part of New York County, New York. This county is currently home to 1,634,989 residents, or 753,385 households with a median income of $75,513. New York County, New York residents have a median age of 37 and 76.86% are currently renting their homes in the area.
Finally, New York County, New York is a part of the greater New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area. For those unfamiliar with the area, The New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area is currently home to a population 18,812,161 across 6,707,347 households. Those living in this urban area have a median income of $68,319 and median age of 38. In general, at least 50.07% of the residents are currently renting their homes in this area.