24 Hours in Tribeca
Over the past 20 years living in NYC, I’ve gotten to know many great neighborhoods...
I’ve personally always been a ‘downtown girl’ and spent my 20’s living between Soho, Nolita, Chelsea and Battery Park. In my 30’s, like many Manhattanites, I moved to Brooklyn for more space, great views (from my Dumbo apartment) and a more ‘familial’ environment to raise my son. Now that I’m in my 40’s, I’ve come full circle and have moved back to Manhattan to live in my dream neighborhood, TriBeCa.
For those of you who don’t know, TriBeCa is one of a few NYC neighborhoods whose name is actually an acronym. It stands for the “Triangle Below Canal”, and today, spans north to south from Canal Street down to about Murray Street, and from east to west from Broadway to West Street. Particularly known for its industrial warehouses-turned-residential lofts and original cast iron buildings dating back to the 1800’s, most of the neighborhood is divided up into 'historic districts' and protected by NYC’s Landmarks Preservation Commission. What this means is that the exterior features of most buildings in these districts are preserved in order to maintain the rich historic character and unique architecture. This, along with its cobblestone streets and family-friendly environment, give TriBeCa much of the charm that it’s known for today.
As a new resident, it’s been extremely fun to spend my weekends wandering the streets and checking out all the different restaurants, shops and services that the neighborhood has to offer. Although there are MANY things to potentially write about, I’ve compiled a list of what to do with only 24 hours to spend in TriBeCa. I hope you enjoy the neighborhood as much as I do!
What I love about Laughing Man Coffee, besides the coffee itself, is the story behind it. After a trip to Ethiopia and a chance encounter with a young coffee farmer named Dukale who was working to lift his family out of poverty, actor Hugh Jackman was inspired to open Laughing Man Coffee. In doing so, his mission was to provide a marketplace for farmers in developing countries to sell their goods to consumers in the U.S. Additionally, Hugh contributes 100% of his profits to the Laughing Man Foundation, created to support educational programs, community development and social entrepreneurs around the world. Now that's a cup of coffee with good karma.
Launched by Mat Sanders and Brandon Quattrone, Consort is not only a well curated home decor store, but, also, their actual showroom, where customers can utilize their in-depth interior design services. This two-in-one philosophy makes them not only innovative but an ingenious new addition to the TriBeCa interior design scene!
Even if you don't have kids, the Balloon Saloon is a must-see in the neighborhood. With giant pool floats outside, an extensive balloon selection inside, and an array of hilarious gag gifts & books, even the most staunch adults can't help but crack a smile in this delight of a store. If you DO have kids, take them here first to keep them happy for the rest of the day!
With more than 1,000 nail salons in Manhattan alone, there's no shortage of getting a manicure wherever you may be on the island. That said, finding a nail salon with a comfortable, apartment like feel is much harder to come by, until now! Concieved with this exact idea in mind, Ten Over Ten opened with 5 salons across the U.S. and, additionally, offers their own brand of all-natural, cruelty free polish with 8 colors to choose from, each named after a street in downtown Manhattan. Talk about a hands-on NYC experience, no pun intended!
With its schoolhouse chic decor, Yves is the newest restaurant to open in the neighborhood and one of the most welcoming with their warm and friendly service staff. Open for lunch and dinner during the week and adding brunch on the weekends, my personal favorite dishes are the baby gem lettuce salad and the grilled branzino. In the summer, they set up outdoor seating for great people watching as you eat.
Opened by former Intermix owners, Haro Keledjian and Sari Sloane Keledjian, Ever After is the cutest concept store for kids that I've encountered in a while. Offering everything from little designer duds to more casual dressing for ages 4-16, this fun and festive kids' store will surely make your little ones happy and looking stylish.
Not necessarily new to Tribeca but definitely the most fashion forward store in the neighborhood, Patron of the New is THE destination for cutting edge designer brands such as Off-White, Balmain and Rick Owens, just to name a few. With selections for both men and women, this one-of-a-kind boutique exudes downtown cool.
Join the communal table, order popular dishes such as the chicken under-a-brick and the chili lobster, pair them with a great bottle of wine and get ready for an unforgettable dining experience in this farm-to-table TriBeCa favorite restaurant.
The one thing about TriBeCa is that its residents are some of the most stylish in the city! If you love the vibe, shop my favorite looks below, whether you're headed to the gym, wandering the neighborhood or headed out for a night on the town!
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Photos by Genevieve Garruppo