Where in NYC is Tribeca
Categories: What to see - neighborhoods
Why visit Tribeca and SoHoTribeca is an acronym developed in the 1970s by realtors to improve the property values in "Triangle Below Canal Street", a trapezoidal neighborhood known for its fascinating combination of wealth and sand. Today the homes of celebrities and other well-heeled folks occupy the upper floors of frame lofts and manufacturing warehouses. At street level are shops with well-designed displays as well as well-known restaurants. The Tribeca Film Festival, founded in 2002 to revitalize the area after the September 11th attacks, has become a major cultural event (late April - early May).
This neighborhood offers several examples of industrial architecture from the 19th century as well as its 21st century flair. The cast iron front building at 55 White Street (1861), the Italian Woods Mercantile Building (1865) and the cast iron building at 85 Leonard Street (1861), the only structure in the city that can be positively assigned to James Borgardus (1800-1874), the father of cast iron architecture in the United States, are good examples of this form of architecture
SoHo, south of Houston, is gifted, along with Tribeca, with the city's greatest concentration of cast iron architecture and one of its denser concentrations of shopping, with stores ranging from high-end boutiques to street cars. Some of the back roads, especially in the south end of the district, retain their Belgian block upholstery, granite sidewalks, and iron truck beds.
Broadway and West Broadway are the two main arteries of this neighborhood. Here you will find many shops, restaurants and bars. Among the many historic buildings not to be missed: Bloomingdale SoHo (1860), Haoughwout Building (1857) and the brick federal house at 139 Greene Street (1824). The "Piece of Resistance" of the block between Grand and Canal Streets known as the "Queen of Greene Street" (1872) is unfamiliar. 28-30 Greene St., a grandly ornate Second Empire building topped with amazing mansard roof.
Places to see nearby:
- 9/11 memorial
- Battery Park and Financial District
- statue of Liberty
- Ellis Island Museum
- Brooklyn Bridge
- Little Italy-Chinatown and LoLiTa
- East village
- Tribeca and Soho
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