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Film Festival, West Side Highway
Tribeca (TRI-angle BE-low CA-nal) NYC, is home of the namesake Film Festival, every April, Robert DeNiro’s pet project, created to promote commerce downtown after 9/11. He also owns several hotels and restaurants in the area and is spotted quite frequently. Tribeca was also the home of JFK Jr and Caroline Bessette Kennedy before their tragic death in 1999 and is filled with old warehouses, now converted into lofts, beautiful views of the Hudson River and Statue of Liberty, excellent restaurants, families, parks and NYC history.
Washington Market Park (Washington/Jay Sts) – playground and weekly farmers market.
Hudson River Park and River Promenade – cross the West Side Highway at Chambers to enjoy a stroll from Battery Park City to Chelsea along the water. Watch the runners, bikers, roller bladers, views of the Hudson and Statue of Liberty, rent a Kayak (free), stop at the Nike Runners kiosk and “test drive” sneakers.
Duane Park, Finn Square and Tribeca Park – three small areas surrounded by history and old-meets-new architecture. Check out the converted warehouses that are now some of America’s most expensive homes.
A stroll through TriBeCa reveals upscale eateries like Nobu, MR CHOW, Chanterelle, and Bouley, local staples like Bubby’s and Odeon, and sophisticated retail options such as Issey Miyake and Stephen Alan.
Annual Tribeca Film Festival
April – May Annually
The multi-week Film Festival takes place at various venues, mostly near Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick Street and showcases every film genre while attracting blockbuster global celebrities, probably more so than Fashion Week.
Recommended Tribeca Hotels below.
Bubby’s (120 Hudson St, N Moore) – one of the city’s best brunch spots, spicy Bloody Mary’s, comfort food and great for kids. Long weekend lines.
Nobu (105 Hudson, Franklin) – top NYC sushi restaurant ($$$$). More casual, less expensive (but not cheap) version at Nobu Next Door.
Tribeca Grill (375 Greenwich St, Franklin)– owned by DeNiro and buddies, often a patron, along with much of his crowd. Food is good, not the best.
Bouley (163 Duane St, Hudson) – top NYC French, $45 lunch, $85 dinner. Wonderful food and a view overlooking Duane Park. Craving dessert or a snack? Bouley Bakery is rated for its brunch and best hot chocolate in NYC.
Odeon (145 W Bway, Thomas) – American Brasserie known for being the original inventor of the “Sex and the City” cosmopolitan.
More Casual/inexpensive local restaurant favorites:
- Puffy’s Tavern (81 Hudson St, Harrison/Jay) – dive bar with cheap beer
- Mudville 9 (126 Chambers St, W Bway/ Church) – great sports bar and wings
- Sole Di Capri Cafe (165 Church St, Chambers/ Reade) – small Italian restaurant owned by 2 Italian brothers with great fresh pasta (and a $6.95 prix-fixe lunch deal). Cash only.
- Ninja New York (25 Hudson St @ Duane St, Tribeca) – Great for Kids! Be whisked underground by elevator, led to the dining area via a secret path lined with “ninjas” ready to scare you, then brought into the castle where each private chamber houses a single table. Fairly pricey for the small portions, but the food is tasty, and the price is for the whole experience.
- Thalassa (179 Franklin Street) – From Santorini-style spanakopita to moussaka à la Mykonos, the food here is authentic Greek, since the restaurant is owned by a family of Greek-food importers. The townhouse style restaurant offers tables draped in white tablecloths, surfaces scatted with pottery from Argos and the white marble has been sourced from Thasos.
Ningbo Café (formerly Liberty View Restaurant)
21 South End Ave (West Thames St), Battery Park City
Chinese food with a view! Very good food (for the location) and a perfect ground floor view of the Statue of Liberty with lovely indoor and outdoor seating. Is it the best Chinese in NYC? No, but it's really good and certainly the Chinese restaurant with the best NYC views.
Also check out Miramar Mediteranean & Seafood, right next door, upscale food and the same spectacular view of Lady Liberty.
Franklin Street – cobblestone street with converted warehouses that are now art galleries, home décor shops, antique stores and bars
SoHo Photo Gallery (15 White St, Church) – over 100 artists and photographers exhibit their work in a converted egg warehouse
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New York City Luxury Hotels – Tribeca
The Wagner at Battery
Formerly the Ritz Carlton Battery Park, The Wagner is an independent, contemporary luxury hotel, 5 star hotel offering 24-hour fitness centre with panoramic views of the New York skyline, a spa and restaurant. The Wagner Hotel is Wall Street’s new go-to spot. “We loved the spacious rooms, the service and hospitality we received from the staff."
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NYC Chain Hotels – Tribeca
- Hilton Garden Inn Tribeca
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- Sheraton Tribeca New York Hotel
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- 1 to Canal, Franklin or Chambers
- 2, 3 to Chambers
- A, C, E to Canal
- 6 to Canal/Broadway
- General Address: 107 W Broadway, NY, NY 10013
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