Located in Lower Manhattan, the Tribeca North Historic District is part of Tribeca, a larger neighborhood bounded by Canal Street, West Street, Broadway, and either Vesey, Chambers or Murray Streets. Although Tribeca’s borders tend to resemble a trapezoid on map, the neighborhood takes its name from “Triangle Below Canal Street.” The Tribeca North Historic District encompasses parts north of the Holland Tunnel, which connects Manhattan to New Jersey, and extends toward West Street.
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Key Features of the Area
Originally farmland, Tribeca became a bustling residential and mercantile area in the 19th century, focusing on textiles, dry goods and produce. Increased shipping to the area from piers along the Hudson River led to the expansion of what was then known as the Washington Market, a wholesale produce market. The area also became known for selling fireworks, sporting goods, radios and church supplies.
Today, Tribeca is known as an upscale residential area and one of Manhattan’s most expensive and fashionable neighborhoods, teeming with restaurants, art galleries, boutiques and bars. Its celebrity residents over the years include composer Robert Ashley, artist Laurie Anderson, ballplayer Derek Jeter, musician Lou Reed and actors such as Harvey Keitel.
The Tribeca North Historic District contained 67 buildings at the time of its 1992 designation. The architecture is a mix of store-and-loft buildings with huge warehouses and manufacturing buildings, many converted for business, loft and condo use. One of these is the United States Sugar Building at 79 Laight Street, which occupies an entire block front on Laight between West and Washington streets. Although the name of the United States Sugar Refining Company graces the outside, the interior has been converted to condominiums.
Brief History of the Tribeca North Historic District
1812: Shipping hubs transition from the East River to what became known as the Hudson River, leading to an influx of vendors and commerce in the area.
1900 to 1920: The city’s new subway lines provide more access to the neighborhood, leading to Tribeca becoming the center of the cotton and textile trade.
1927: Congestion arrives in the neighborhood with the Holland Tunnel, connecting Manhattan to New Jersey.
1960s: The area’s commercial space empties as businesses relocate, such as the produce market moving to Hunts Point in the Bronx.
1970s: As former warehouse buildings are converted to residential use, the open loft spaces attract artists and start to revive the area. Legal papers first formally mention the “TriBeCa Artists’ Co-op,” leading to the name of the larger neighborhood.
1992: The Tribeca North Historic District is formally designated as such.
The Tribeca North Historic District extends farther west than any of Tribeca’s other historic districts. It encompasses Greenwich Street between Watts and Hubert streets; a block or so south of Canal Street to Laight Street; the entrance of the Holland Tunnel and parts of Hudson Street; and the blocks west between Hudson Street and West Street.
Interesting Facts About the Tribeca North Historic District
- The elegant restaurant Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener, serving dry-aged steaks, wine and seafood at 409 Greenwich St., was once part of the neighborhood’s distribution center for spices and coffee.
- The international gallery hpgrp, which also has a Tokyo location, makes its New York base in Tribeca North at 434 Greenwich St., showcasing contemporary artists and blending Japanese culture and Western ideas.
Directions to Belluck & Fox from the Tribeca North Historic District
Belluck & Fox’s asbestos attorneys are located at 546 Fifth Ave., 5th Floor, New York NY 10036, in Midtown. From the Tribeca North Historic District, head north on Hudson Street, then turn right onto King Street. Turn left onto Sixth Avenue. Turn right onto West 46th Street, then right onto Fifth Avenue.
Our office also is accessible by taking the 1, 2 or 3 subway train uptown from Chambers Street to Times Square/42nd Street and transferring to the 7 train to the Fifth Avenue/Bryant Park station.
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