Explore TriBeCa – New York’s wealthiest neighborhood

With more wealthy people per square foot than anywhere else in the New York City, TriBeCa is a fascinating mix of upscale hotels, historic townhouses, trendy restaurants – and billionaires of course. This is how to make the most of your time in Beyoncé’s ‘hood.

TriBeCa, an acronym of “Triangle below Canal Street”, is a small neighborhood on the west side of Lower Manhattan, bounded by Canal Street, West Street, Broadway, and Vesey Street.

TriBeCa’s roster of notable celebrity residents includes Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Robert de Niro, Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal. Billionaires are also a dime a dozen around here, with Bloomberg naming TriBeCa as the richest neighborhood in New York and the fifth richest in the country earlier this year.

So what draws all these high-flyers to a former industrial area in Lower Manhattan? Unlike some of New York’s more ostentatious addresses such as Park Avenue, Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue, there is something understated and effortlessly chic about TriBeCa. Less hectic than tourist-heavy midtown, it is a mix of beautifully restored post-industrial architecture, modern high rises and quiet cobbled streets. It also has more than its fair share of green areas, such as Duane Park and under-the-radar Teardrop Park, trendy coffee shops and quirky stores.

Here’s what not to miss in TriBeCa:

The structure, made of glass and steel, is designed to look like a white dove in flight. Photo: Shutterstock

Pay homage to 9/11

Created by world-renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, The Oculus is a futuristic structure of glass and steel, designed to look like a white dove in flight. The eye-popping building is the centerpiece of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, which opened in 2016, finally replacing the train station that previously occupied this space, but was tragically destroyed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The Oculus

33-69 Vesey Street, World Trade Center, New York

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Sip coffee with celebrities

Academy-award nominated actor Hugh Jackman may not be a TriBeCa resident, yet he is one of the most frequently spotted celebs in these parts. The best spot to catch a glimpse of the Australian hunk is his own coffee shop, tucked away down one of the prettiest cobbled streets in TriBeCa. Even if you don’t get to snap a stealthie of the man himself, you can rely on the stylish baristas to serve you a more-than adequate cup of coffee. What’s more, you can enjoy it guilt-free – Laughing Man Foundation supports coffee farming communities by investing in programs that support the health and success of coffee farmers and their families.

Laughing Man Café

184 Duane Street, New York

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Set off on a magical mystery tour

A must for lovers of every crime thrillers and detective stories, The Mysterious Bookshop does exactly what it says on the tin. Apart from specializing in mystery, crime, suspense, thriller and espionage fiction, this unique bookstore dating back to 1979 also stocks an impressive selection of first editions, limited editions, and rare crime novels.

The Mysterious Bookshop

58 Warren Street, New York

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Go poster shopping

In the market for some one-of-a-kind vintage art? Look no further than Philip Williams Posters, a densely packed museum and store that showcases thousands of classic posters and prints from New York and all over the world. You could easily get lost for hours in this jungle of carefully curated artwork, ranging from 1950s movie posters to art-deco prints, and old-school airline ads.

Philip Williams Posters

122 Chambers Street, New York

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Get ghost busting

No fire station is as instantly recognizable as the one in TriBeCa’s North Moore Street. In the 1984 movie Ghostbusters, this dusty old firehouse serves as the headquarters of Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz and Egon Spengler (played by Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Harold Ramis respectively), the trio responsible for saving the world from a horde of paranormal and supernatural menaces. In reality, the Hook and Ladder 8 Brigade Firehouse dates back to the mid-1800s and was once home to some of the bravest fire fighters in New York. Who you gonna call? You know the answer.

Hook and Ladder 8 Brigade Firehouse

14 North Moore Street

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Take a hike

TriBeCa is home to more than its fair share of attractions, but best of all are its characteristic cobbled streets – many of which are familiar from some of our most iconic movie and television scenes. Instagrammers will want to take snaps of Chambers Street, Duane Street, and Hubert Street, while those with an interest in history should download this self-guided walking tour from Free Tours By Foot.

Terroir is a must visit for wine enthusiasts. Photo: Terroir

Get tipsy

New York wine enthusiasts can’t get enough of Terroir, an unpretentious, brick-lined wine bar that serves a Italian tapas and a huge selection of wine by the glass. Regulars also love the daily happy hour, from 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm, with reduced-price wine, oysters for only $1.25 each and $2 off bar snacks.


24 Harrison Street, New York

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Step back in time

This TriBeCa landmark, which dates back as far as the late 1800s, continues to attract a loyal local clientele of laid-back Manhattan-ites (is there any such thing, you may wonder) who enjoy kicking back and watching the game on TV over a juicy burger and a draught beer. Meanwhile, movie and TV buffs may recognize Walker’s from the likes of 2014 dramatic comedy “This Is Where I Leave You”, starring Tina Fey and Jason Bateman, or the Steven Spielberg-produced TV series “Public Morals”.


16 North Moore Street, New York

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Spot celebs over brunch

Nothing says New York like brunch, and few places do it better than Bubby’s – a classic spot that can also be found next to the entrance to the High Line in the uber-hip Meatpacking District. The original TriBeCa outpost opened in 1990 as a pie business, but soon evolved into a popular breakfast spot. These days, it is best known for its superb brunch – with best sellers including the pancakes (served with or without fried chicken), and the flaky buttermilk biscuits – and for attracting a slew of celebrities, from Justin Bieber to Christy Turlington and Taylor Swift.


73 Gansevoort St, New York

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Locanda Verde, owned by Robert de Niro, is a New York-favourite.

Ditch the diet at de Niro’s place

Celebrity-owned restaurants tend to get a bad rap, but Robert De Niro’s superb Locanda Verde is the exception that proves the rule. Situated in the elegant Greenwich Hotel, and helmed by celebrity chef Andrew Carmellini, it came as no surprise that Locanda Verde drew the crowds when it opened amid much fanfare in 2009. However, the restaurant has since established itself as a New York-favorite, continuing to churn out crowd-pleasing dishes such as the wood-fired garlic chicken, steak tartare piemontese and, best of all, the papardelle with lamb bolognese and sheep’s milk ricotta. You talkin’ to me?

Locanda Verde

377 Greenwich Street, New York

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Discover a local secret

New York is home to more outstanding restaurants than you could shake a stick at but some stand out for being a cut above the rest. A few blocks down from Locanda Verde, sister restaurant Little Park has no fear of being outdone by its older sibling. Little Park has a distinctly elegant, contemporary feel and a local, seasonal menu packed with creative flair. Order the heirloom tomato tart and the mouthwatering diver scallops with corn, baby leek and mushroom bacon.

Little Park

85 West Broadway, New York

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You can have a really good stay at Four Seasons. Photo: Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

Treat yourself

Nothing says classic luxury quite like the Four Seasons. And when you’re staying in a neighborhood packed to the rafters with billionaires, there really is no better place to stay. Four Seasons Downtown is situated on the border of TriBeCa and FiDi (The Financial District), within easy walking distance of everything TriBeCa has to offer, as well as must-see attractions like The World Trade Center. Rooms are spacious and elegant with panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline, service is impeccable and the beds are so comfy, you will never want to sleep anywhere else.

Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

27 Barclay Street, New York

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