The New TriBeCa: How Young Families are Reshaping the Look and Feel of this Historic Neighborhood

The New TriBeCa: How Young Families are Reshaping the Look and Feel of this Historic Neighborhood

June 25, 2015
River & Warren
TriBeCa is among the most chic and coveted neighborhoods in Manhattan as it represents a kernel of culture rather than a community on the fringes. The historic NYC enclave continues to change apace, with young families increasingly shaping its trajectory. Here's the new TriBeCa, and how to get the most out of it:

Gastronomic delights abound in the TriBeCa of today, with family-friendly eating all over town. Bubby's may have emerged back in 1990, but it's still one of the hippest eateries in the area. It’s also renowned for its weekend brunches, which are enjoyed by young parents and their kids, many of whom return again and again for the omelet of the day and the huevos rancheros. French-American bistro The Odeon, meanwhile, does a mean croque-madame and welcomes young children as well, while Marc Murphy's Landmarc – a master class in western European cuisine from breakfast to dinner – offers a kids’ menu complete with whole wheat quesadillas and creamy macaroni and cheese. Finally, a cupcake from Duane Park Patisserie is a treat at any time of day.

Boomerang Toys is a favorite with TriBeCa families. Dolls, knick-knacks, puppets, puzzles, and oodles more can be found in this emporium dedicated to fun. Elsewhere, Babesta Threads plies its clientele with cool kids' clothes (think Johnny Cash onesies), Koh Kids does a neat line in handmade sweaters featuring the kind of quality that can outlast the most adventurous kiddo, and Playing Mantis on 32 North Moore Street specializes in eco-friendly toys (you won't find anything with batteries here – and the toys are all the more unique for it). Creative kiddos can try out a free craft session courtesy of Bit'z Kids, the celebrated Japanese clothing outlet for snazzy TriBeCa tots.

Regardless of whether they’re kids or adults, members of young families in TriBeCa like to let off steam, and the neighborhood has changed in recent times to accommodate the more active lifestyles of residents. Take a family jaunt to Washington Market Park, which is equipped with great playgrounds and often hosts kids’ planting sessions and parades. At Pier 25, run amok on the mini golf course or in the skate park, or take a look around the century-old tugboat Pegasus and explore the lighthouse tender Lilac. Watch kids’ theater at TriBeCa Performing Arts Center, or build your own machine at Brooklyn Robot Foundry TriBeCa. Or simply enjoy the district's green spaces, including Battery Park, which have never been more inviting for those with young ones.

TriBeCa offers some of the most family-friendly residences in NYC. Here, the average apartment measures 2,127 square feet rather than the average 1,608 square feet on the Upper East Side, perfect for those who need extra room for their little ones. River & Warren, a very popular condominium located just a few blocks from TriBeCa, features two- to five-bedroom apartments that appeal to young families of all shapes and sizes. After a busy day of exploring the delights of TriBeCa, it's a welcome relief to have such a comforting home base to return to.