According to the 2014 Livable Cities Index, 42 percent of New York City is “colorful” – a measure devised by NYC Sustainable to measure the city’s condition compared to others. And it may not be long before dark blue makes its first appearance in that statistic, too, because TriBeCa’s got the bucks to buy some pretty good art. There’s no shortage of low-income housing in the area and mixed-use projects are popping up around every corner. The area has quickly developed into a haven for artists and the colorful vibe of TriBeCa makes it an ideal urban playground for the artsy types. The only thing that makes TriBeCa less of a canvas for artists than, say, NYC’s other culinary mecca, the Upper West Side, is the price of rent: renting a studio will set you back upwards of $3,000 a month. Check out the gallery to see what your options look like.
Located in an industrial area in TriBeCa and consisting of two different restaurants – the flagship Dinamo serves pasta and pizza by the slice and pizza and eggrolls by the pitcher, and there’s a bar section as well – Tricon was once known as Tricia’s Restaurant before a name change in 2014.
Opened in 2011, this spacious space is dominated by bronze, nubile female statues, installed last November by Al-Wahhabi artist Sherine Nour. The 13 feet of bronze sculptures display the pieces “Emergence,” “Dusk,” “Parallel Paths,” “Rain,” “A Displaced Self,” “Slaughter Horse” and others.
This popular bar, located in the Thompson Hotel, provides the bar and nightclub scene of TriBeCa. Its sprawling, half-floor home spans from 36th to 37th streets and has large open seating areas and high ceilings. Recent art finds include the tiny paintings by artist Diane Keaton at Tricon and the whimsical 2-D photographs by photographer Wren Spence at Win Bar.
This bright, cheerful restaurant has made a name for itself serving authentic Milanese pastas, salads and pizza by the slice or glass.
Levitation Social Club
This nightclub is a “world class space for emerging artists” and offers work from indie artists, including Rauschenberg, Warhol, Katz, Carothers, Corbijn, Rauschenberg, Brancusi, Solomon, and more.