Home to several celebrities and top restaurants, Tribeca is not a neighborhood that would be considered budget-friendly. That said, it is possible to enjoy the neighborhood without spending all your coins. We’ve compiled a list of fun things to do in Tribeca that won’t break the bank.
NYC is no stranger to being the backdrop for films and television. There are plenty of iconic buildings and locations to visit. One such landmark is the Hook & Ladder Company 8 firehouse. If you’re a fan of Ghostbusters, you’ll notice the facade of this skinny firehouse at 14 N. Moore St. straight away. It’s still an active fire station so taking a tour of the interior is out, but you can snap a photo out front.
Staple Street Skybridge
NYC never disappoints when it comes to architectural quirks and the Staple Street Skybridge doesn’t disappoint. Staple Street could easily be dismissed as an ordinary ally due to its small size of just two blocks, but this tiny space packs quite the photo op. Suspended above, visitors can spy a peculiar bridge connecting two buildings which were formerly housed New York Hospital (now NY Presbyterian).
From 1913 to 1930, the iconic Woolworth Building was the tallest building in the world. The 58-story gothic skyscraper was ahead of its time and served as the headquarters for the Woolworth company. While the exterior of the building is quite impressive, the interior of the building is gorgeous as well. If you feel like a splurge, there are tours of the lobby starting at $20.
Roaming around the city can really ramp up your appetite. Grab a bite at Nish Nush, a vegetarian mediterranean-style eatery that will please your taste buds and wallet. Most of the sandwiches and platters go for under $15–a steal in Manhattan.
After a hearty meal, there’s a good chance food coma might be setting in. Take a beat to mellow out at the Dream House. This small, third floor apartment serves as a respite from the chaotic hustle of the city. The installation consists of several rooms perfect for meditation with calming, ambient music and low lighting. Admission is $10.
Get closer to nature at pier 26 with its unique marsh habitat. From the deck, visitors can view the tide pools and structures supporting oysters. It’s a great choice for free things to do in Tribeca, and NYC in general when weather permits. Opt for a tour to get the lowdown on this river ecology project.
If you’re looking for inexpensive libations, look no further than Nancy Whisky Pub. This no frills dive serves up affordable drinks and snacks, so you can imbibe without spending your whole paycheck.
Finish the day off with something sweet from Maman Bakery. It’s the perfect spot to grab a Nutella beignet or their nutty chocolate chip cookie, which was voted one of Oprah’s favorite things.