TriBeCa in New York
TriBeCa in New York can be found in Lower Manhattan. Where exactly? Well, it’s all in the name. TriBeCa is an acronym for ‘Triangle Below Canal Street’. That means the TriBeCa neighbourhood is located between the Hudson River, Canal Street, Broadway and Vesey Street, roughly speaking. In the North-West of this area you can find the entrance to the Holland Tunnel, connecting New York to New Jersey.
Although TriBeCa in New York is pretty popular nowadays, it hasn’t always been. The warehouses that now have a mostly residential function, date back to a time when this neighbourhood was still an industrial area. After a period of vacancy and decay, a group of artists started to squat in the attics of the abandoned warehouses in the 80’s. This triggered the beginning of the neighbourhood’s revival. Companies moved here and, within 10 years, TriBeCa was back on the map. This time as a desirable and thriving neighbourhood. TriBeCa has been voted one of the safest areas in New York City and many movie and pop stars call it home: Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Meryl Streep, Justin Timberlake and Leonardo DiCaprio, to name a few. TriBeCa is now one of the most expensive neighbourhoods to live in New York.
Luxury and Leisure
It’s no surprise that a neighbourhood with so many celebrities and expensive lofts is bursting with luxury shops and high-end restaurants. Takahachi, for example – a Japanese restaurant, serving sushi and a la carte dishes. Or Tribeca Grill, which is co-owned by Robert De Niro and very popular amongst local celebrities. If you’d like something a little more low-key, go to non-pretentious bar, Anotheroom. It’s romantic, homey and a great place for a date – especially if your partner loves special beers and good wine! On the TriBeCa side of Hudson River Park, you’ll find a huge playground paradise: Pier 25. This part of the park has something to offer every age. From the children’s playground with water features, to the climbing wall, in addition to the beach volleyball courts. Theres even a miniature golf course and a sun deck with lounge chairs.
TriBeCa Film Festival
To shift the focus after the 9/11 attacks as well as to support the area’s reconstruction, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff founded the TriBeCa Film Festival. It boosted the reputation of New York as a ‘movie town’ and also became one of the most prominent film festivals in the world. In addition to the huge number of documentaries, shorts and family films to watch, there are the annual Artist Award and lots of free activities. For the ultimate American vibe I recommend the Tribeca Film Festival Drive-In, at World Financial Plaza. The name ‘Drive-In’ might be a little misleading, since it’s basically an open-air screening. Watching movies, at a small harbour by the Hudson, underneath the stars. Around the screening there are also lots of family friendly activities planned, in the theme of the movie.
In 2019 the TriBeCa Film Festival will be from the 24th of April to the 5th of May.