Defined largely by its warehouse spaces turned into lofts, and polished high rises with a mix of asphalt and cobblestone streets, TriBeCa is the quiet calm nestled between the bustle of Chinatown and the Financial District. The acronym in full is the Triangle Below Canal Street, a relatively small area with a big flavor for top restaurants (including NoBu, TriBeCa Grill, Megu, and Wolfgang's), shops and often large living spaces. Many of its streets have formal names like Warren, Murray and Leonard, and greet you like an old friend as they take on somewhat of a secluded yet familiar charm often seen in movies. This makes perfect sense, as TriBeCa streets are often the backdrops of many films, and in recent years became home to a major film festival.
Despite its proximity to the oldest part of Manhattan, TriBeCa did not see its first residents until the late 1700s. However the mid-19th Century ushered in a long-lasting commercial period for the neighborhood, as large numbers of stores and loft buildings emerged along Broadway in the 1850s and 1860s. Then, like many areas of the city, further development came with the IRT (1 train) subway line in 1918 and elevated train along Greenwich Street in the 1940s. Some years later, many of the commercial spaces had emptied out and, like SoHo to the north, artists began to flock here. Many of the lofts became occupied, and new developments and conversions emerged.
True to its namesake, the neighborhood's boundaries form a triangle, with the top point at Canal Street and Broadway extending over to the Hudson River/West Street and down to Vesey Street at the edge of the Financial District. A mix of modern high rises and old-style lofts and tenement buildings fill the area. Its main transportation points are accessible by most of the major train lines including the A, C, E, N, R, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 trains. TriBeCa's largest park is Washington Market Park, which borders Greenwich, Chambers and West Streets, and offers a community garden that hosts several events throughout the year.