tribeca history

Beginning in the 1840's and then continuing

after the American Civil War, shipping in New York City shifted in large part from the East River and the area around South Street to the Hudson River. The longer piers could easily handle the larger ships which were then coming into use. Later, the Hudson River piers also….

…received freight via railroad cars ferried across the river from New Jersey. The increased shipping encouraged the expansion of the Washington Market – a wholesale produce market which opened in 1813 as “Bear Market” – from the original market building to building throughout its neighborhood, taking over houses and warehouses to use for the storage of produce. It included butter, cheese and eggs. In the mid-19th century, the neighborhood was the center of the dry goods and textile industries in the city, and St. John’s Park was turned into a freight depot.  Later, the area also featured fireworks outlets, pets stores, radios – which were clustered in a district which was later displaced by the building of the World Trade Center.

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Twin Towers,

Tribeca suffered both physically and financially after the World Trade Center attack but government
grants and incentives helped the area rebound fairly quickly The Tribeca Film Festival
was established to help contribute to the long-term recovery of lower Manhattan after 9/11.
The festival also celebrates New York City as a major filmmaking center.