TriBeCa Community Information | History
TriBeCa, meaning Triangle Below Canal, is located South on Vesey Street, North on Canal Street, West on Hudson Street and East on Broadway. During the 19th Century most of the residential buildings were demolished to add the factories and warehouses. Commercial Enterprises started moving toward the area and the Well-to-Do Residents started moving out. In the last twenty years or so the warehouses have been converted into many wonderful condominiums. Many of these buildings have Italian Styles with classic lines and marble and cast iron facades. Tribeca has become a popular home for many artists and families alike. Attractions such as the Hudson River Park, Skyscraper Museum and the Woolworth Building bring a diverse population to the city.
As recently as 50 years ago the waterfront in Tribeca was the port for many commercial food distributors and the streets were clogged with trucks beeping and fast moving automobiles. They came to do business here, thus the upkeep was ignored. Below is a picture of the harbor at Tribeca with the railroad owning most of the piers. With no one to maintain the piers slowly rotted away and still some pilings remain from the boom in the 1920's.
As home to so many artists, musicians and actors, Tribeca has a thriving entertainment and arts life, with an abundance of art galleries, theater spaces, artist´s studios, and live music venues to choose from. There are far too many to name here. To learn more about Tribeca, visit TriBeCa.org.