Short for "triangle below Canal", Tribeca is the area south of Soho in Manhattan bounded by Canal on the north, Broadway on the east, Barclay on the south and the Hudson River on the west. Originally farmland, Tribeca became a central transfer point for textiles and dry goods in the mid 1800s.
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. Today, Tribeca features numerous galleries, stores and fine restaurants.