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Introduction

A former industrial district in Lower Manhattan, TriBeCa, short for "Triangle Below Canal Street", has transformed from artist community to upscale residential district in recent years. Sitting on the Hudson River and sandwiched between Canal and Chambers Streets west of Broadway, the neighborhood's cobblestone streets and loft buildings give it a surprisingly quaint feel for Manhattan. Nevertheless, numerous art galleries, fine restaurants, and a growing film festival have brought an element of prestige to this old port neighborhood.

Previously farmland, TriBeCa became a central transfer point for textiles and dry goods in the mid-1800s. In the 1960s, the Washington Market Urban Renewal Project transformed the area from commercial to residential by replacing the industrial buildings with apartment houses, office buildings and schools. Between 1970 and 1980, the population of TriBeCa jumped from 243 to 5,101. Today, TriBeCa features numerous galleries, stores and fine restaurants and is home to the burgeoning Tribeca Film Festival organized by Robert De Niro to help revitalize lower Manhattan post-9/11.

TriBeCa is one of the few neighborhoods in Manhattan that embodies a sense of community. The neighborhood has that quaint, safe, and comfortable feeling which are not typical adjectives that come to mind when thinking of NYC. Although the neighborhood is transforming into more of a place for the rich and famous, you will still find the struggling artist and average New Yorkers that were there before TriBeca became one of NYC’s most desirable residencies.

Another aspect that separates TriBeCa from the rest of the neighborhoods in the city is its general appearance. The neighborhood represents historic Lower Manhattan. Unlike most areas, the Triangle Below Canal street still has the cobblestone streets and loft apartment buildings that disappeared in most areas years ago.

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Sights and Activities

Woolworth Building, 233 Broadway (between Barclay St and Park Pl; Subway: 2 3 to Park Pl or A C to Chambers St or E to Word Trade Center or R to City Hall), ☏ +1-203-966-9663, ✉ info@woolworthtours.com. One of the oldest and most famous of New York's skyscrapers (dubbed the "Cathedral of Commerce"), the neo-Gothic Woolworth Building was completed in 1913 and was the world's tallest building until 1930. The building has a beautiful ornate lobby. Tours are offered most days. Pre-registration is required. $20-$45.
Hook & Ladder #8 (Ghostbusters firehouse), 14 N Moore St (between West Broadway & Hudson St; Subway: 1 to Franklin St), ☏ +1 212 334-0611. The firehouse used for exterior shots in the movie Ghostbusters.
Hudson River Park. Walk along the Hudson River and enjoy the breezes, views, and people-watching.
Tribeca Film Center, 375 Greenwich St (Subway: 1 to Franklin St), ☏ +1-212-941-2000.
Washington Market Park, bounded by Greenwich, Chambers and West Streets (Subway: 1 2 3 to Chambers St).

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Events and Festivals

Holidays

  • New Year’s Eve - The US celebrates the outgoing of the old year and incoming of the New Year quite dramatically. Every state boasts its own parties to ring in the New Year, but none is more extravagant than New York’s Time Square, which sees people overflowing into the neighboring restaurants, bars, parks, beaches, and neighborhoods.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. and sometimes referred to as MLK Day) is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King's birthday, January 15. The holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The earliest Monday for this holiday is January 15 and the latest is January 21. King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.
  • St Patrick’s Day - March 17 celebrates the US’s large Irish population. Many cities around the country boast boisterous parades and Irish-themed parties, especially New York and Chicago, where the river is dyed green. Be wary of the drunkenness that dominates as this is definitely a party-day.
  • Memorial Day - Memorial Day is an important holiday throughout the United States, but not for crazy festivities. Parades commemorating wartime heroes are often held and the day is also the ‘unofficial’ start of summer. Most visitors follow the crowds to parks and beaches, which are capped off with informal BBQs.
  • Independence Day - Also known as the Fourth of July, Independence Day celebrates the US’s break from the British during the 18th century. Barbecues, street parties, beach trips, and weekend getaways are commonplace to appreciate freedom.
  • Labor Day is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend. It is recognized as a federal holiday. Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor.
  • Halloween - Halloween is a fun holiday on October 31 for all generations to dress up in costumes and relive their youth. Children walk around the neighborhood trick-or-treating for candy, while adults attend parties. Other seasonal events include haunted houses, pumpkin farms and carving, and corn mazes.
  • Thanksgiving - On the fourth Thursday in November, Thanksgiving is held in almost every home in the US. Tourists will have a hard time finding anything to do as the country essentially shuts down in observation. A typical Thanksgiving meal consists of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie commemorating the original Pilgrim’s feast at Plymouth Rock.
  • Christmas - On December 25, Christians celebrate Christmas as the pinnacle of their calendar by attending church and opening gifts from Santa Claus. Almost everything shuts down to promote family togetherness. The northern regions hope to experience a “white Christmas,” with trees and festive lights blanketed by snow.

Sport

  • Super Bowl Sunday - the world’s most watched sporting event and one of the highest grossing TV days of the year, Superbowl Sunday is a spectacular extravaganza. Held the first Sunday in February, the Superbowl is the final playoff game between the NFL’s top two teams. The venue rotates every year around America, yet the local parties seem to remain. Pubs, bars and restaurants are great places to enjoy the Superbowl or locals throw their own parties with different variations of betting.
  • The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball (MLB) in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League (AL) champion team and the National League (NL) champion team. The winner of the World Series championship is determined through a best-of-seven playoff, and the winning team is awarded the Commissioner's Trophy. As the series is played during the fall season in North America, it is sometimes referred to as the Fall Classic.

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Getting There

You can get in by bus or subway. The 1 train runs through the middle of the neighborhood under Varick Street, stopping at Canal, Franklin, and Chambers Streets. You can also take the 2 and 3 trains to Chambers Street. The A, C, and E stop at another Canal Street station, with the A, C, E, 2, and 3 also stopping at Chambers Street–World Trade Center / Park Place station. A third Canal Street stop, several blocks east of the heart of the neighborhood, is served by the N, Q, R, J, Z, and 6 trains.

The PATH stop at World Trade center is connected to the Park Place/Chambers Street Station.

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Eat

Bubby's, 120 Hudson St. (at N. Moore St; Subway: 1 to Franklin St), ☏ +1 212 219-0666. Open 24 hours. One of the more affordable restaurants in Tribeca, this place caters to families and those who don't mind sitting next to high chairs. They do indeed have a wonderful variety of pies on any given day, one of the best cheeseburger in town, and an interesting choice of beers.
Landmarc Restaurant, 179 West Broadway (Subway: 1 to Franklin St), ☏ +1 212 343-3883. M-F 12PM-2AM, Sa-Su 9AM-2AM. Considered by many to be one of the best values not only in TriBeCa but in Manhattan. They serve a kind of eclectic nouvelle American cuisine. The restaurant is very baby-friendly.
Ninja New York, 25 Hudson St (Subway: 1 2 3 to Chambers St), ☏ +1 212 274-8500. Daily 5:45PM-11PM. A ninja themed restaurant with dark hallways, sneaky ninja/waiters with swords, and many elaborate dishes that involve smoke or fire. Caution: Many who have eaten there don't recommend the food, so if you go, go for the experience.
Square Diner, 33 Leonard St (corner of Varick & Leonard Sts, opposite New York Law School; Subway: 1 to Franklin St), ☏ +1 212-925-7188. An inexpensive diner; a neighborhood institution.

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Drink

Tribeca Tavern, 247 W. Broadway, ☏ +1 212 941-7671. A local watering hole that's friendly to all. Or sullen to all. However you prefer.

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Sleep

Cosmopolitan Hotel Tribeca, 95 West Broadway (at Chambers and Hudson Sts; Subway: 1 2 3 to Chambers St), ☏ +1 212 566-1900, toll-free: +1-888-895-9400, ✉ reservations@cosmohotel.com. Clean, comfortable rooms with private bath and color television, plus wireless internet at a reasonable price. $200.
The Roxy Hotel Tribeca, 2 Avenue of the Americas (between White and Walker Sts; Subway: 1 to Franklin St or A C E to Canal St), ☏ +1 212 519-6600. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 1PM. Gorgeous, trendy hotel. Not for the light-walleted. $250-$500.
Hilton Garden Inn New York/Tribeca, 39 Avenue of the America, ☏ +1-212-966-4091. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 12PM. The Garden Inn has a slightly dated chain hotel feel, but a reasonably nice restaurant and a strategic location. Rooms feature the usual conveniences found in midscale hotels, enhanced with a microwave and fridge that could be convenient for self-caterers, who will also find a hotel "pantry" with convenience food items for sale in the lobby.
The Greenwich Hotel, 377 Greenwich Street, ✉ frontdesk@thegreenwichhotel.com. The five-star boutique member of The Leading Hotels of the World takes "olde-worlde" charm to a new level in its rooms, but offers truly pampering service and a number of amenities unexpected for a hotel of only 88 rooms, including a reasonably-sized pool, Japanese spa and quite spacious gym.

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Keep Connected

Internet

There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.

Post

The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

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