by Jessica Allen, 02/06/2013
(From left) Borscht salad at Kutsher's Tribeca photo by Evan Sung • Landmarked cast-iron Cary Building photo by Marley White
The acronym TriBeCa stands for "Triangle Below Canal," a coveted swatch of real estate bordered by Canal Street (to the north) West Street (to the east), Broadway (to the west) and Vesey Street (to the south). Among the bold-faced names currently calling the area home are Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, and, most famously, Robert De Niro, who has done much to encourage TriBeCa's vitality. Plenty of unfamous folks live here too, thanks to excellent public schools, lovely parks and superb views of the Hudson River. Indeed, the neighborhood has a family-friendly atmosphere you might not expect from the cast-iron buildings and cobblestone streets, which speak to the area's industrial past, or from its present reputation for exciting dining and nightlife. Former warehouses have become lofts, galleries and performance spaces, and in the evening, the streets thrum with people out for a drink at one of the many lounges, looking to hear a song or see a play or trying to get a table at one of the neighborhood's many extraordinary restaurants. For ideas on what to see and do, read on.