TriBeCa, short for "triangle below Canal Street," became a neighborhood in the 1970s when a group of artists sought to legalize their live-work lofts in the former commercial district. Today, this wealthy enclave is quieter and more residential in feel than its slightly hipper cousin to the north, SoHo. In 2006, Forbes ranked the real estate in 10013, TriBeCa's zip code, the 12th most expensive in the U.S. That's not surprising, given that this influential example of urban revitalization has been largely driven by the financiers of nearby Wall Street, who transformed the neighborhood's vast warehouses into luxury lofts. TriBeCa's cultural renewal, on the other hand, is owed in part to Robert de Niro: He helped establish the TriBeCa Film Festival in 2002 to help the area recuperate after 9/11, and is a part owner of several trendy neighborhood restaurants (Tribeca Grill, Nobu, Locanda Verde) as well as the posh Greenwich Hotel. The gentrified neighborhood still retains some of the funky, neighborhood character from its bohemian past, but the clean streets, great parks, and a number of good schools have also made it a stroller haven. It's a relatively safe place to roam at most times, though some of its fringes feel deserted late at night.
TriBeCa only has a handful of hotels, but they're spread out, so visitors do have some choice as to where in the neighborhood they want to stay. The northern section of the neighborhood, near North Moore and Hudson Street, is the most popular and it is where the Tribeca Grand and Greenwich Hotel are both located. On the quieter, western edge is the beautiful Hudson River Greenway, which lures bicyclists and joggers. More affordable hotels like the Cosmopolitan Hotel and the Duane Street Hotel, as well as the new Smyth Hotel, cluster around the Chambers Street 1,2,3 and A,C,E subway stations to the south, closer to City Hall and numerous city, state, and federal courthouses.
New York's nightlife is world famous, and some of the hottest scenes in town are to be found in hotel bars and lounges. For guests at these hotels a night of "staying in" can be quite a party.
|Newark Liberty International|
|La Guardia Airport|
|Peak:||April - June|
|Off-Peak:||Jan. - March|
|Visa:||No, for nationalities included in the Visa Waiver Program|
|Electricity:||120 V, 60 Hz|
|Tipping:||15-20% in restaurants and cabs|