A Local's Guide on Things to Do in Tribeca

Living New York | Dedic & Holt November 9, 2022

A Local's Guide on Things to Do in Tribeca

Tribeca is a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan well-known for its art scene and trendy buildings. It sits near Canal Street, and its name comes from the phrase, “triangle below canal.” Nearly 18,000 people live in the area, and it’s a favorite hangout spot for people throughout the tri-state area. If you’re planning to visit Tribeca soon — or you are shopping for Tribeca real estate —  read our list of things to do in Tribeca to learn about the activities and opportunities for fun in the area.

Tour the Woolworth Tower

There are many spectacular buildings in New York City, but the Woolworth Tower may be one of the most beautiful. The tower was originally named after Frank W. Woolworth, a local millionaire who commissioned the construction of the building. It sits between Park Place and Barclay Street not far from City Hall Park. The building is generally closed to the public, but you can take a tour of it if you schedule in advance. Built in 1913, this 60-story building was the tallest structure in the city at the time of completion. Inside you’ll find an arcade, multiple coffee shops, and many other businesses. The medieval-inspired architecture in the lobby and the extravagant interior throughout the building are breathtaking.

Visit the James Cohan Gallery

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Tribeca is known for its local art scene, and you’ll gain a greater appreciation for many works of art when you visit the James Cohan Gallery. The museum displays different mediums of art that are all guaranteed to impress. They also regularly schedule various talks and lectures to provide a platform for artists to share the inspiration behind their work.

The exhibits are dedicated to paintings, photography, sculptures, and more. Parts of the museum show work from emerging artists, many of whom are from Tribeca and the surrounding areas.

Walk Canal Street

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Canal Street stretches from Jersey City to Brooklyn and functions as the border between SoHo and Tribeca. It’s also a destination for shoppers who are looking for great bargains as various vendors urge passersby to check out the products they have for sale. The atmosphere is best characterized as fast-paced and festive, and you’ll notice a variety of cultures represented. You’ll also encounter several food vendors who are set up on the street, and you can purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, and hot meals while you shop. Be sure to explore Chinatown, which you’ll pass on your walk down Canal Street!

Don’t miss the Ghostbusters Headquarters

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The Firehouse Hook & Ladder Company 8 is perhaps best known for its role in the Ghostbusters movies — this space was used as the ghostbusting headquarters. It’s a popular spot for tourists to stop by and take pictures. Keep in mind, however, that this building is still a fully-functioning firehouse and there could be a truck leaving or returning at any time.

View St. Peter’s Catholic Church

This parish was the first church built in the Lower Manhattan area. St. Peter’s Catholic Church was originally built in 1785 before being rebuilt in 1836. It holds a place in the National Registry of Historical Places while still functioning as a place of worship. Visitors are always welcome to attend mass or service. Inside you’ll marvel at beautiful stained glass and elegantly carved statues. This church played a crucial role in helping the community heal during the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Enjoy lunch or dinner at the Tribeca Grill

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The Tribeca Grill is co-owned by a group of celebrity investors, which includes Oscar-winning actor Robert de Niro. The food is superb and the atmosphere is sublime, perfect for business meetings or romantic outings. The full bar offers a wide selection of cocktail choices, while their menu includes vegan and gluten-free options along with entrees like pan-roasted Amish chicken and truffle-crusted salmon. Stop in for dinner between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Make a reservation for your upcoming meal via their website.

Grab a best-seller from the Mysterious Bookshop

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The Mysterious Bookshop’s floor-to-ceiling shelves offer thousands of books in a variety of genres. You’ll find plenty of signed copies for sale along with various collectible items. Mysterious Bookshop is one of the oldest bookstores in New York City, and it’s worth visiting both for the book selection and its rich history.

Relax at Pier 25

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At Pier 25, you’ll find an abundance of green space near the Hudson River where you can stretch out and enjoy a picnic. There’s also a sand volleyball court, a skate park, and a mini-golf course. The pier stretches 985 feet long so there’s plenty of room to enjoy your favorite activity with your favorite person.
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