TriBeCa (an acronym for Triangle Below Canal) is a neighborhood on Manhattan's lower west side. It is roughly bound by Murray Street to the south, Broadway to the East and Canal to the North. Once known as Washington Market, TriBeCa was a center for the textile and food trades.

During the 1970s, rising rents in SoHo pushed many artists and other members of the creative class futher south to the desolate streets and abandoned cast-iron loft buildings of the neighborhood. These pioneers began to build a community that was increasingly ecclectic and family-friendly. The completion of the World Trade Center in 1973 eventually helped to accelerate the movement of new inhabitants to TriBeCa as people flocked to take advantage of the beautiful, plentiful and cheap housing stock and central location. By the mid-1980s, there was a baby boom in full swing - a change that necessitated the opening of P.S. 234, which is now one of the top public schools in New York City. What was once a swath of land blighted by empty buildings, roving bands of rats and nothing in the way of services and amenities had been transformed into one of the most desirable communities in Lower Manhattan. 

Soon the beautification of the neighborhood began to draw wealthier residents. What had once been a diverse neighborhood was becoming increasingly homogeous by the mid-1990s. Young professionals were drawn to the neighborhood and were incrementally pricing their lower-income neighbors out of rental properties. Rising property values meant that loft apartments which had sold for tens of thousands of dollars in 1977 were going for several million by 1999. 

September 11th hit TriBeCa especially hard, all but emptying the neighborhood of the majority of it's residents for weeks. Despite grim predictions, TriBeCa rebounded quickly from the tragedy and continued it's upward trajectory. 

While not packed with the sorts of tourist sites that visitors flock to places like Times Square to see, TriBeCa provides an idyllic break from the clamor of the rest of the city. Low-lying historic loft buildings dominate the skyline, allowing much needed breezes to blow into the neighborhood from the nearby Hudson River. TriBeCa is known for having some of the best restaurants in New York and an eccletic mix of shops and galleries. The neighborhood is highly recommended to visitors who love historic buildings, want a great meal or just want to slow things down a bit. It is also in very close proximity to the World Trade Center site, shopping on Canal street and the enjoyable, walkable streets of Battery Park City.