Recently voted one of Forbes's most expensive U.S. zip codes, the "TRIangle BElow CAnal" is the haunt of many New York artists, none of whom could claim to be starving. Particularly after the institution of the Tribeca Film Festival, one of the world's most celebrated cinematic showcases, Tribeca became the "it" scene for those hoping not be seen by photogs and fans alike. This once industrial area sits unassumingly between Canal and Vesey, Broadway and the Hudson River, and is a hot zone for stargazing, boutique bouncing, cupcake indulging, and baby clothes collecting. Tribeca is also home to acclaimed restaurants, many of which are owned by superiorly acclaimed celebrities, such as Robert DeNiro's Tribeca Grill.
Sliced into delectable pieces by cobblestone streets, this dip in the skyline is one of the few Manhattan hoods in which the sky rise is a rarity. Though City Hall and its offspring of municipal buildings can be found on the outskirts of Tribeca, everything else is relatively moderate in size and cozy in feel. Most of the buildings are old warehouses that have been stylishly converted into sought-after lofts, art galleries and retail spaces. This architectural evolution makes Tribeca ideal for window shopping, as not only are a store's contents enticing, but so is the store itself.
If Midtown is too "touristy," check into one of New York's fashionably boutique hotels, like the Tribeca Grand, and do as the locals do.