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The hip Tribeca neighborhood is one of the most desirable places to live in Manhattan. Even the name itself is a chic acronym for Triangle Below Canal Street. If you’re thinking of moving to the Big Apple, here’s a list of five things that make Tribeca the premier place to live. Read on to discover why so many New Yorker’s want to live in this Lower Manhattan hotspot.
1. Beautiful Abodes
Tribeca displays urban living at its best in its converted lofts. These open floor plans lend themselves to minimalist living and modern furnishings. Expect to find lots of character in the lofts and the apartments, including brick interior walls, exposed wooden ceiling beams, and tall windows. If you’ve got the money, this is among the swankiest places to buy or rent in New York City, since prices are some of the highest in Manhattan.
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2. Amazing Architecture
As Tribeca residents walk through their neighborhood, they’re treated to a visual feast of stunning architecture. The three-story Harrison Street Row Houses represent the Federalist style. By contrast, many of the buildings in this triangle are former industrial facilities that have been converted into lofts. The American Thread Building showcases the Renaissance Revival design conceived by William B. Tubby. This unusual curved building was one of the first industrial buildings in Tribeca to be turned into condominiums. Quirk alert: A notable and recognizable building in this area is Hook and Ladder 8, better known as the firehouse from the Ghostbuster movies. The only question when you get there is, “Who you gonna call?”
3. Desirable Waterfront Location
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Tribeca sits on the banks of the Hudson River, and town planners have made the most of its waterfront location. Historic warehouse buildings have been converted into luxury lofts along the water’s edge to take advantage of the enviable views. Diners jostle for tables at acclaimed restaurants that serve up dishes rivaling the waterfront locale.
Residents can also take time out in the 550-acre Hudson River Park. Tennis and basketball courts, a miniature golf course, and a playground help visitors of all ages get their heart rates up. An 893-foot boardwalk stretching from Watt Street to Laight is perfect for a lazy Sunday stroll. Telescopes at the west end of Pier 25 help locals watch the gulls, geese, and cormorants that call this New York waterway home.
Find a bench where you can sit under the shade of the trees in Duane Park. It’s located on the first space the city bought to establish a park. This neighborhood boasts about 800 trees, making it relatively easy to find greenery. There’s easy access to public transit and waterfront views. Additionally, the schools in this part of Manhattan have an excellent reputation.
4. Handy Public Transport
Many New Yorkers prefer to leave their cars at home and utilize the city’s convenient and green public transport system. Tribeca is perfectly situated to take advantage of this well-oiled system. Ten subway trains service the community, which has nine stations, including the major stop at Franklin Street. From this stop you can get to the theaters of 42nd Street in 11 minutes, the cultural hub of Union Square in 14 minutes, and the shops of Columbus Circle in just eight.
You can also travel uptown on the M20 bus from Hudson Street or the M6 bus from Sixth Avenue, or head downtown on the M20 from Seventh Avenue or Varick Street. From Chambers Street, you can also travel across town on the M22 bus.
5. Excellent Educational Institutions
Tribeca boasts superior educational institutions for students of all ages. The neighborhood’s children enjoy world-class education at P.S. 234 Independence School, regarded as one of Manhattan’s best public elementary schools, and P.S. 150 Tribeca Learning Center, which boasts small classrooms for personalized education. Older children can study at Stuyvesant High School, one of nine specialized high schools in New York. Its alumni include string theorist Brian Greene, actors Lucy Liu and Tim Robbins, political adviser David Axelrod, and four Nobel laureates.
College students are also well catered for with the Borough of Manhattan Community College, which helps students earn associate degrees in more than 20 disciplines and the New York Academy of Art established by Andy Warhol.
6. Celebrity Spotters’ Paradise
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Once a year, Tribeca becomes one of America’s best cities for star spotting. For almost two weeks every April, the neighborhood comes alive for the Tribeca Film Festival, which was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff to reinvigorate Lower Manhattan following the September 11 attacks. The event showcases independent movies and gives cinema buffs an opportunity to hear the industry’s most creative minds speak at panel discussions. It attracts about three million people to Tribeca, including many publicity-shy celebs.
When you live in Tribeca, you don’t have to look up to see the stars. You’re likely to see them walking on the sidewalk. Among the celebrities who live in Tribeca are Billy Crystal, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jon Stewart. Residents of this neighborhood also may bump into the likes of Meryl Streep, Paul Bettany, and Jeremy Piven. The star wattage increases significantly when the annual Tribeca Film Festival gets underway. It’s like having a little slice of Hollywood in your backyard for 11 days. Even if you don’t attend any festival events, expect to see celebrities, directors, and other industry insiders walking the streets of Tribeca.
7. Exciting Nightlife
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See and be seen at the Canal Room on West Broadway. This club is a top-notch venue for showcasing musicians such as Lil’ Kim. Get lost in the underground scene at the Santos Party House. This stripped down club is all about featuring deejays who play soul, house music, and other underground favorites. Want a change of pace? Laugh it up at the Tribeca Comedy Lounge, located in a spacious rehabbed basement and boasting a delicious menu. Enjoy living in one of the most vibrant, upscale neighborhoods in Manhattan. It’s the epicenter of cool thanks to the public amenities, converted properties, and celeb cred.
With so many great features and amenities, it’s easy to see why Tribeca is one of New York’s most popular neighborhoods.