Tribeca, New York City
The Tribeca District is an area north of Downtown Manhattan. It was at onetime noteworthy for its many food depots and markets with the Washington Market being particularly famous. In the late 1960's these markets and food depots started to move away and the neighborhood fell into some decline. In the 1980's, the empty warehouse began to be turned into artists' studios and the arts community began to move in. Many of the warehouses were turned into lofts and naturally they became quite expensive. Now more than a few celebrities have made their homes here. Meanwhile the streets are filled with trendy restaurants and some very nice bars (see my Tribeca Tavern tip). It is a great story of urban regeneration even if the result is that humbler classes cannot afford to live here.
Incidently the district gets its name by being the Tri(angle)be(for)ca(nal) street. Tribeca is bounded by Canal to the north, Chambers to the south, Broadway to the east and the Hudson River to the west.