LOCATION: Lower Manhattan. TriBeCa is a triangular-shaped area located below Canal Street. It is bounded by Broadway to the East, by the Hudson River to the West and by Chambers (or Barclay) Street to the South. To the north lies SoHo, to the east - Chinatown, to the south - WTC and Battery Park City. SUBWAYS: Subway stops: The 1 or 2 train to Canal, Franklin, or Chambers Streets, or the A, C, E line to Canal or Chambers Streets. HISTORY: Originally farmland, Tribeca’s history is full of factory life. In the 1960's, the Washington Market Urban Renewal Project transformed the area from commercial to residential by replacing the industrial buildings with apartment houses, office buildings and schools. Between 1970 and 1980, the population of TriBeCa jumped from 243 to 5,101. When Soho became too ritzy for the starving artist crowd, many moved a little farther downtown, to what was then a near-abandoned industrial district. And so TriBeCa was born. The acronym TriBeCa (for TRIangle BElow CAnal Street) was bestowed in the 1980s by a realtor who wanted to create a trendy identity for the neighborhood. The neighborhood that was once very commercial, filled with fish-packing plants, warehouses, and chemical manufacturers is now a hot destination filled with world-famous restaurants and hip nightspots. CHARACTER: Much like SoHo, TriBeCa is a residential neighborhood of converted loft apartments, quiet streets, and good schools (P.S. 234 and the Borough of Manhattan Community College.) Inhabitants are, for the most part, between 25-40 years of age and consist of Wall Streeters, doctors, bankers, lawyers, celebrities, and some artists that still remain in the area. TriBeCa is more sparsely populated than most of Manhattan. This is a neighborhood filled with art galleries, chic boutiques and the trendiest dining establishments. It offers many amenities such as a riverside park along the waterfront and the old industrial piers have been converted for private and chartered yachts as well as for riverside water sports and floating beaches on wooden rafts. Nearby you can find a little bit of green at Washington Market Park. FOOD/NIGHTLIFE: Some of New York's most famous restaurants are located here, notably Tribeca Bar & Grill Danube, Nobu, 66, and Montrachet. There are plenty of more moderately priced options, but nothing dirt cheap in this neighborhood. On weekend mornings, Bubby’s and Kitchenette fill up with locals seeking brunch and baked goods. Although Tribeca’s streets become pretty deserted at night, the clubs and bars in this area are anything but. There are many fashionable lounges and clubs here including Sway, Club NV, and Don Hill’s.