Things To Do in Tribeca

The Ultimate Guide for Tribeca in Lower Manhattan

Tribeca is still relatively unknown to New York City tourists and is not on everyone’s must-see list. Many are unaware of this charming district. When people usually hear of Tribeca, what often comes to mind is the “Tribeca Film Festival.” In this insider guide, we’ll help you recommend certain places that you should visit.

It’s one of the most expensive neighborhoods in all of Manhattan. Therefore, you’ll often find celebrities residing here or own property in this area. Hollywood actor, Robert De Niro even founded one of the most popular restaurants in Manhattan, Tribeca Grill. The area has a lot of history as well. Just take in the the old industrial buildings and the cobblestone streets. It’s a very rustic looking neighborhood and sometimes it is hard to believe that this is one of the most popular neighborhoods for New York families.

There are a lot of things to do in Tribeca and we’re here to guide you in the right direction!

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Tribeca stands for Triangle below Canal St.!

My TOP 5 Things To Do in Tribeca

There are a lot of things to do in Tribeca. We realize that some people don’t have a lot of time to see the whole neighborhood. With that being said, we have compiled our TOP 5 things to do in Tribeca so you know exactly where to go:

  • Tribeca Grill – Co-Owned by actor Robert De Niro, this restaurant has been open since 1990. Their menu, even though is pricey, is perfectly executed. (Address: 375 Greenwich St, Subway 1 2 Franklin Street and A C E Canal Street)
  • Grand Banks – This is for the seafood lovers, especially shellfish. This oyster bar is located on a historic fishing boat. It’s great during warm weather and serves amazing drinks as well. (Address: Pier 25, Hudson River Park, Subway 1 2 Franklin Street and A C E Canal Street)
  • Tribeca Film Festival (Seasonal) – If you’re in NYC around April or May (depending on the schedule), make sure to come to Tribeca and check out the Tribeca Film Festival. Celebrities from different industries come here to check out submissions from some of the best coming out of the film industry. (Address varies depending on location)
  • Nancy Whiskey Pub – Tribeca can be pretty expensive. So, if you’re looking for a low-key night, make sure to check out this pub. they offer cheap drinks, bar food and a great time. (Address: 1 Lispenard St, New York, NY 10013, Subway A C E Canal Street)
  • MmuseumM – This museum is dedicated to “Object Journalism” and tells the tale of modern society about people through objects. It’s a uniquely curated and very interesting. And yes, it’s located in an alley. (4 Cortlandt Alley, New York, NY 10013, Subway N Q R W Canal Street)

Where is Tribeca located?

Tribeca (one of my favorite neighborhoods in Manhattan) is located at the southwest part of Downtown Manhattan directly on the Hudson River.

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How to Get to Tribeca

  • Subway: There are numerous subway stations in the district so getting to Tribeca is pretty easy. You can take the 1 train to Canal Street, Franklin Street, or Chambers Street. You can also take the A C E lines up to Canal Street. Another option is taking the 6 train to Canal Street.
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The 16 Best Things To Do in Tribeca

Here are some more things that you can explore in Tribeca if you have more time.

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    Grand Banks

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    Water, a great view of Manhattan and a great atmosphere – the location is simply the best. You are sitting on a historic ship called F/V Sherman Zwicker on the Hudson River and can enjoy New York from the water when the weather is fine. The place also serves great drinks and seafood.

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    Take a Stroll Around Tribeca

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    Looking at the old industrial buildings and the cobblestone streets, it is hard to believe that this is one of the most popular neighborhoods for New York families. It’s also one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the city as well. In the past, it was mainly a home to the textile industry. It’s very similar to SoHo. Once the industry started to retreat in the 1970s, artists and creatives started to flock to Tribeca. Over the years, Tribeca has become a hotspot among New York’s wealthy and celebrities.

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    The Ghostbusters' Fire Station - Ladder 8

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    Movie freaks and fans of the classic Ghostbusters, if you’re ever in Tribeca, you have to visit the fire station that was featured in the movie Ghostbusters. It’s an iconic location and even has the Ghostbusters logo on the sidewalk. “Who you gonna call?”

    And here you can find more about the Best Guided Movie Tours in NYC.

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    Visit New York smallest museum: The Mmuseumm

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    New York’s smallest museum and an absolute insider tip: Here a freight elevator was converted into a museum. The exhibits are treasures from all over the world that present their view of life. In short: Small miracles – more really doesn’t fit in the elevator. A view through the window is possible at any time of the day or night – but this museum is only open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 6 pm.

    For us this unique spot had to be part of our list of the Best Museum in New York!

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    Take a photo of the Staple Street Skybridge

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    The Staple Street Skybridge in Tribeca is something special: it is located on Jane Street, which is one of the smallest streets in New York, measuring just two blocks long.

    If you stand on Staple Street and look up, you’ll see this architectural highlight that connects two buildings. Originally, these buildings belonged to New York Hospital, which is no longer here. 

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    By a Book from The Mysterious Bookshop

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    58 Waren Street is home to probably the most unusual bookstore in Manhattan. The Mysterious Bookshop mainly sells crime books, thriller and horror stories. Most of the product their is about murders, blood and their investigations. It’s different, special and really worthwhile.

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    New York Art Center

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    In light of the decline of retail and the rise of digital advertising, the New York Art Center is painting a new art scene in TriBeCa, combining the two with an innovative approach: a rotating, in-person gallery meets an app to purchase original artworks from artists all over the world.

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    Tribeca Film Festival

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    In 2002, Robert De Niro and producer Jane Rosenthal created the Tribeca Film Festival to bring life back to the neighborhood near Ground Zero. New York City suffered greatly from the attacks of September 11, 2001, and Di Niro’s intention in creating the festival was to help New Yorkers out of this deep-seated depression and give them reason to celebrate again.

    They all come to the Tribeca Film Festival, the big names in the film industry. In addition to various awards, film premieres and short film presentations, every year there is also a show program worth seeing with music and after-show parties.

    When will the Tribeca Film Festival Take place? 

    • July 28 – August 26, 2021
    • June 8 – 19, 2022
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    Nancy's Whiskey Pub: Have a drink in New York City's oldest Bar

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    Everything in “Nancy’s Whiskey Pub” seems to be from another time – the bar, the furniture, the glasses – just everything. In the small bar you can choose from a small selection of whiskeys in addition to the classic beers – and relax among locals while looking at the One World Trade Center.

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    City Vineyard at Pier 26

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    Are you looking for an nice bar with great wines, located directly on the water and with a great view of the One World Trade Center? Then the City Vineyard at Pier 26 is THE spot for you!

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    Pier 25

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    During warm weather days, Tribeca is flocking with locals and activities. One of the things to do in Tribeca is to go check out Pier 25. It’s great for children since there is a new playground and is hooked up with play equipment. There’s also an 18-hole miniature golf course as well. This part of Tribeca can get quite busy over the summer.

    Here you find our complete guide to Piers in NYC.

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    Brandy Library: One of New Yorks best Whiskey Bars

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    Even if the name suggests otherwise: the Brandy Library has a huge selection of even very rare whiskeys in its program, which will make the heart of every whiskey fan beat faster. More than 1,000 bottles are used as decoration, especially in the evening it looks like a library of high-proof drinks. What we found very exciting are their events where you can learn more about Bourbons, Cognacs etc. Conclusion: Super-atmospheric and a real highlight!

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    Jenga Building

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    The skyscraper “56 Leonard” is probably one of the most striking buildings in New York. New Yorkers call it only Jenga Building, because it looks like the oversized version of the popular game. You can’t go inside the 60-story building, but it’s a really nice photo op. Afterwards, go to the 2 Hands Café across the street, it’s one of my favorite cafes in Tribeca!

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    Have a romantic dinner at Tribeca Grill

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    The Tribeca Grill is the perfect place for a special dinner, lunch or brunch. The restaurant is the address for good wine and very good food. The service is great and the reputation of Robert De Niro’s restaurant is hard to beat. Accordingly it is not exactly cheap, but worth every cent. Reserve a table in advance in any case. No matter when – it is always well attended.

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    Have fun with your kids at Pier 25 Playground

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    The playground is located in Hudson River Park, which also has mini golf, beach volleyball and a snack bar, among other things. In addition to Pier 25, there is also Pier 51 Playground in Hudson River Park.

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    Children’s Museum of the Arts New York

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    This museum is for the kids. It introduces children and their families to art. They are able to create art with current working artists. The museum was founded in 1988 and is perfect for kids up to age 15.

Attractions in Tribeca

Many of New York’s major New York attractions like the 9/11 Memorial & Museum or the One World Observatory are located in Lower Manhattan and are therefore easily reachable from Tribeca:

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    01 New York Art Center

    In light of the decline of retail and the rise of digital advertising, the New York Art Center is painting a new art scene in TriBeCa, combining the two with an innovative approach: a rotating, in-person gallery meets an app to purchase original artworks from artists all over the world.

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    02 Independent Art Fair

    Despite having the words “art fair” in its name, the Independent Art Fair in New York strives to go beyond the concept by embracing different art styles beyond conventional and popular genres. It traces its beginnings to the Dia Center for the Arts in Beacon, New York. The eventual success of the museum and foundation led to the Chelsea neighborhood becoming a thriving art community.

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    03 Jenga Building

    The skyscraper “56 Leonard” is probably one of the most striking buildings in New York. New Yorkers call it only Jenga Building, because it looks like the oversized version of the popular game. You can’t go inside the 60-story building, but it’s a really nice photo op. Afterwards, go to the 2 Hands Café across the street, it’s one of my favorite cafes in Tribeca!

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    04 Pier 25

    During warm weather days, Tribeca is flocking with locals and activities. One of the things to do in Tribeca is to go check out Pier 25. It’s great for children since there is a new playground and is hooked up with play equipment. There’s also an 18-hole miniature golf course as well. This part of Tribeca can get quite busy over the summer.

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    05 Pier 25 Playground

    The playground is located in Hudson River Park, which also has mini golf, beach volleyball and a snack bar, among other things. In addition to Pier 25, there is also Pier 51 Playground in Hudson River Park.

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    06 Staple Street Skybridge

    The Staple Street Skybridge in Tribeca is something special: it is located on Jane Street, which is one of the smallest streets in New York, measuring just two blocks long.

    If you stand on Staple Street and look up, you’ll see this architectural highlight that connects two buildings. Originally, these buildings belonged to New York Hospital, which is no longer here. 

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    07 Take a Stroll Around Tribeca

    Looking at the old industrial buildings and the cobblestone streets, it is hard to believe that this is one of the most popular neighborhoods for New York families. It’s also one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the city as well. In the past, it was mainly a home to the textile industry. It’s very similar to SoHo. Once the industry started to retreat in the 1970s, artists and creatives started to flock to Tribeca. Over the years, Tribeca has become a hotspot among New York’s wealthy and celebrities.

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    08 The Ghostbusters' Fire Station - Ladder 8

    Movie freaks and fans of the classic Ghostbusters, if you’re ever in Tribeca, you have to visit the fire station that was featured in the movie Ghostbusters. It’s an iconic location and even has the Ghostbusters logo on the sidewalk. “Who you gonna call?”

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    09 Tribeca Film Festival

    In 2002, Robert De Niro and producer Jane Rosenthal created the Tribeca Film Festival to bring life back to the neighborhood near Ground Zero. New York City suffered greatly from the attacks of September 11, 2001, and Di Niro’s intention in creating the festival was to help New Yorkers out of this deep-seated depression and give them reason to celebrate again.

    The Tribeca Film Festival has grown over the years, and now all the big names from the film industry show up each spring. There are many associated events like short film presentations, film premiers, and various awards. 

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The Best Guided Tours

There are no special walking tours just for the Tribeca neighborhood. Instead, there is a huge selection of walking tours in the adjacent Soho district, which is very similar to Tribeca.

These are the most popular walking tours that we can recommend to you:

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    01 Sidewalks and Skyscrapers: Street Art Is This Way

    This walking tour shows that there is also street art and graffiti worth seeing in Manhattan. You start your exploration in Soho, and then in two hours learn the stories behind the large and small works of art. Some of the graffiti is an impressive 20 meters high, so always have your cameras ready!

If guided tours interest you, be sure to check out the Best Walking Tours NYC!

Best Restaurants in Tribeca NYC

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    01 Grand Banks

    Water, a great view of Manhattan and a great atmosphere – the location is simply the best. You are sitting on a historic ship called F/V Sherman Zwicker on the Hudson River and can enjoy New York from the water when the weather is fine. The place also serves great drinks and seafood.

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    02 American Cut

    The restaurant is very modern and here you can get very tasty steaks.

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    Italian and French specialities are served according to their own specifications. But you don’t have to do without American classics like Mac&Cheese either. The selection is really very large – from pasta dishes, mussels to steak and burgers. The prices are – you can get a burger from $20 – quite fair.

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    04 Locanda Verde

    The Locanda Verde is an Italian restaurant in the heart of Tribeca / New York and not far from the National Memorial. It is fantastically furnished, has a large bar and a really special atmosphere. Like all New York restaurants it is a little loud, but that’s part of it – we didn’t mind it at all.

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    05 Pepolino

    Inconspicuous on the outside and always well attended inside: the Italian restaurant Pepolino is one of our latest discoveries. It has a family atmosphere and the food is fantastic.

Looking for more recommendations? We’ve got you covered! Here you find the Best Restaurants in Tribeca.

Best Bars in Tribeca NYC

And these are my personal recommendations when it comes to bars in Tribeca – you will love it!

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    01 Brandy Library

    Even if the name suggests otherwise: the Brandy Library has a huge selection of even very rare whiskeys in its program, which will make the heart of every whiskey fan beat faster. More than 1,000 bottles are used as decoration, especially in the evening it looks like a library of high-proof drinks. What we found very exciting are their events where you can learn more about Bourbons, Cognacs etc. Conclusion: Super-atmospheric and a real highlight!

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    02 Grand Banks

    Water, a great view of Manhattan and a great atmosphere – the location is simply the best. You are sitting on a historic ship called F/V Sherman Zwicker on the Hudson River and can enjoy New York from the water when the weather is fine. The place also serves great drinks and seafood.

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    03 Nancy Whiskey Pub

    Everything in “Nancy Whiskey Pub” seems to be from another time – the bar, the furniture, the glasses – just everything. In the small bar you can choose from a small selection of whiskeys in addition to the classic beers – and relax among locals while looking at the One World Trade Center.

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    04 City Vineyard at Pier 26

    Are you looking for an nice bar with great wines, located directly on the water and with a great view of the One World Trade Center? Then the City Vineyard at Pier 26 is THE spot for you!

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    05 Tribeca Tavern

    In the tavern you will find a good selection of beers, friendly bartenders and in summer you can sit outside on a small terrace.

Looking for more recommendations? We’ve got you covered! Here you find the Best Bars in Tribeca .

Hotels in Tribeca

Staying in the Tribeca has many advantages. You’ll always be surrounded by some of the best atmosphere, bars, restaurants, cafes, and shops in NYC. If you decide to stay in the neighborhood please check out these amazing hotels:

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    01 Roxy Hotel

    4 Stars | The Roxy Hotel is a small boutique hotel known for its first-class service. Relaxed jazz music plays in the lobby, and you can have a great dinner or just a meal in the beautiful courtyard of the hotel. 

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    02 Sheraton Tribeca New York Hotel

    4 Stars | The Sheraton Hotel in Tribeca is a truly outstanding hotel: the rooms are bright, big, and you can enjoy the view of the city from the rooftop terrace. Here you are right in the center of all the hustle and bustle of New York City. But inside the hotel, you won’t even notice that. It’s such a perfect combination.

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    03 The Greenwich Hotel

    5 Stars | Hollywood actor Robert de Niro’s hotel offers you the amenities you would expect from a 5-star hotel. The atmosphere in the former industrial loft is quite special – definitely one of the nicest hotels in New York. And downstairs you’ll find the Locanda Verde restaurant, which is first class!  

Recommended article: The Best Hotels in Tribeca NYC.

Neighborhoods Nearby

Tribeca is in a prime location. It’s right next to some of the most popular neighborhoods and definitely worth a visit. Read about each the neighborhoods right next to Tribeca.

Neighborhoods that are Similar

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Kelly

We will be in NYC Memorial Weekend 2020. Please let us know what is there to do. We will be staying in Chelsea. Want to check out Chelsea, Tribeca and Seaport areas. Also the Highline. Are there any festivals Memorial Weekend? Please let us know great places to eat that is not overly expensive. Thank you!

Maureen

Hi Kelly,

that’s exciting! Have a look at our May Guide if you are looking for things to do. There are multiple Memorial Parades in NYC on May 25th this year, with the one in Queens (Little Neck Douglaston Parade) being the largest one!

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